Yanks hit three homers in an­other rout of Ori­oles

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Scott Org­era

NEW YORK » Didi Gre­go­rius and Greg Bird both home­red for the sec­ond straight game, rookie Jor­dan Mont­gomery pitched six shutout in­nings and the New York Yan­kees downed the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles 9-3 Satur­day for their fourth win in a row.

The Yan­kees (82-66) ex­tended their stretch of win­ning sea­sons to 25, the sec­ond-long­est such streak in ma­jor league his­tory behind their own 39 straight from 1926-64.

The Yan­kees be­gan the day three games behind AL East-lead­ing Bos­ton. New York was atop the wild-card race, four games ahead of Min­nesota.

Gre­go­rius and Bird each hit three-run homers and Todd Fra­zier added a two-run shot as the Yan­kees won for the sev­enth time in eight games. They are a sea­son­high 16 games over .500.

Bal­ti­more has lost nine of 10 as it con­tin­ues to fall out of play­off con­tention.

Mont­gomery (8-7) scat­tered four hits in his fifth start against the Ori­oles this year. The rookie struck out six and walked one.

Man­ager Buck Showal­ter, pitch­ing coach Roger McDow­ell and a trainer came out to check on starter Jeremy Hel­lick­son (810) af­ter a two-out walk to Chase Headley

Hous­ton 5, Seat­tle 2 Toronto 4, Min­nesota 3 L.A. An­gels 7, Texas 6

Satur­day’s games

Hous­ton 8, Seat­tle 6

N.Y. Yan­kees 9, Bal­ti­more 3 Cleve­land 8, Kansas City 4 Bos­ton at Tampa Bay Chicago White Sox at Detroit Oak­land at Philadel­phia Toronto at Min­nesota Texas at L.A. An­gels

Sun­day’s games

in the third. Af­ter a brief dis­cus­sion and no warmup throws, Hel­lick­son re­mained in the game and walked Aaron Judge on four pitches.

Gre­go­rius fol­lowed by driv­ing a 1-0 fast­ball into the right field seats, giv­ing the Yan­kees a 3-0 lead. His ca­reer-high 23 home runs tie Derek Jeter (2004) for the sec­ond-high­est to­tal as a short­stop in fran­chise his­tory, trail­ing Jeter’s 24 in 1999.

Bird chased Hel­lick­son in the fourth, hit­ting a shot deep into the sec­ond deck in right that dou­bled the score to 6-0.

Hel­lick­son al­lowed mul­ti­ple homers for the ninth time this sea­son. The vet­eran right-han­der is 2-5 with a 7.29 ERA since be­ing traded from Philadel­phia on July 28.

The Yan­kees have scored 150 runs against Bal­ti­more this sea­son, the most by any team ver­sus an op­po­nent since 1961.

In the lineup af­ter sit­ting out Fri­day with lower back stiff­ness, Fra­zier drove home Gre­go­rius with a 416-foot drive to cen­ter in the sev­enth. It was his 26th homer of the sea­son and 10th with New York.

Ori­oles out­fielder Austin Hays sin­gled in the third for his first ma­jor league hit, and added a two-run homer off Chasen Shreve in the ninth.

Shreve was pulled af­ter load­ing the Bal­ti­more (Jimenez 5-10) at N.Y. Yan­kees (Sa­bathia 11-5), 1:05 p.m.

Bos­ton (Ro­driguez 5-5) at Tampa Bay (Odorizzi 8-8), 1:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Covey 0-5) at Detroit (Boyd 5-10), 1:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Duffy 8-8) at Cleve­land (Klu­ber 16-4), 1:10 p.m.

Oak­land (Manaea 10-10) at Philadel­phia (Al­varez 0-0), 1:35 p.m.

Seat­tle (Moore 1-3) at Hous­ton (Ver­lan­der 12-8), 2:10 p.m.

Toronto (Bi­agini 3-10) at Min­nesota (Gib­son 10-10), 2:10 p.m.

Texas (Gon­za­lez 7-11) at L.A. An­gels (Richards 0-1), 3:37 p.m. Chicago Mil­wau­kee St. Louis Pitts­burgh Cincin­nati z-Los An­ge­les 96 Ari­zona 86 Colorado 81 San Diego 65 San Fran­cisco 57 z-clinched play­off berth x-clinched di­vi­sion

Fri­day’s games

52 62 67 82 92 Chicago Cubs 8, St. Louis 2 L.A. Dodgers 7, Wash­ing­ton 0 Oak­land 4, Philadel­phia 0 Cincin­nati 4, Pitts­burgh 2 .649 _ .581 10 .547 15 .442 30 1⁄2 .383 39 1⁄2 bases with two outs. Gio­vanny Gal­le­gos balked in a run be­fore fan­ning An­thony San­tander.

Judge struck out for the ma­jor league­lead­ing 196th time, break­ing a tie with Cur­tis Gran­der­son for most in Yan­kees his­tory.

Headley ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 14 games with a sixth-in­ning sin­gle. and RHP Jonathan Holder from Triple-A be­fore the game. Back in June, An­du­jar be­came the first rookie in fran­chise his­tory to col­lect at least three hits and four RBIs in his de­but. Holder is 1-1 with a 3.58 ERA in 34 ap­pear­ances with New York this year.

JULIE JA­COB­SON — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bal­ti­more right fielder Austin Hays (18) climbs the wall look­ing for a three-run home run ball hit by the Yan­kees’ Didi Gre­go­rius dur­ing the third in­ning Satur­day in New York.

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