Yanks down­play­ing another rout of Ori­oles

The Buffalo News - - BASEBALL -

NEW YORK – The New York Yan­kees aren’t go­ing to go too in-depth about why they play so well against the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles, es­pe­cially at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

They’re just glad it’s oc­cur­ring this time of the year.

Didi Gre­go­rius, Greg Bird and Todd Fra­zier home­red as the Yan­kees clinched their 25th straight win­ning sea­son with a 9-3 vic­tory over the Ori­oles on Satur­day.

The Yan­kees (82-66) went a sea­son­high 16 games over .500 by beat­ing the Ori­oles for the 12th time in 18 meet­ings and eighth time in nine en­coun­ters in New York.

“They’re a re­ally good team,” Yan­kees man­ager Joe Gi­rardi said. “They’ve been a re­ally good team. They’ve been a play­off team, and of­fen­sively they’ve been ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.

“They’ve had a strong back of the bullpen. This year we’ve played bet­ter against them and we’ve been able to con­tain their of­fense a lit­tle bit more. To be able to do what we did the last few days, our pitch­ers have done a re­ally good job.”

New York in­creased its run to­tal against Bal­ti­more to 150, set­ting the ma­jor league record for the most runs scored by any team against an op­po­nent since 1961. The pre­vi­ous mark was 146 set by the 2002 Ari­zona Diamondbacks

Late Fri­day Red Sox 13, Rays 6 (15) against the Colorado Rock­ies.

Gre­go­rius and Bird hit three-run homers off Jeremy Hel­lick­son (2-5) in the third and fourth in­nings while Fra­zier slugged a long two-run homer off Donnie Hart in the sev­enth.

Ja­coby Ells­bury con­trib­uted three hits, in­clud­ing an RBI sin­gle in the fifth off Chris Till­man.

Those hits gave the Yan­kees a sixth straight home game with at least eight runs against the Ori­oles. It is their long­est streak at home in the last cen­tury against any op­po­nent.

More im­por­tantly than records or statis­tics, the of­fense al­lowed the Yan­kees to mostly coast to their 12th win in 16 games since get­ting swept by the Cleve­land In­di­ans in New York Aug. 28-30.

Jor­dan Mont­gomery (8-7) didn’t al­low a run­ner to reach sec­ond base and held Bal­ti­more to four hits in six score­less in­nings.

While the Yan­kees were en­joy­ing their lat­est romp over the Ori­oles, Bal­ti­more had lit­tle an­swers for another lop­sided game in New York. The Ori­oles set a fran­chise record for runs al­lowed to an op­po­nent since mov­ing from St. Louis fol­low­ing the 1953 sea­son.

“There’s a look of things you can look into,” Bal­ti­more man­ager Buck Showal­ter said. “We’ve made a lot of re­ally bad pitches that should end up in bleach­ers and we walk the peo­ple be­fore they hit them. It’s just a bad com­bi­na­tion.”

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