Yanks use bases-loaded walk to sweep Ori­oles

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BAL­TI­MORE — Per­haps fig­ur­ing that Gley­ber Tor­res and Gary Sanchez were worn out from cir­cling the bases, Yan­kees man­ager Aaron Boone wrote out a start­ing lineup with­out both slug­gers in the fi­nale of a four-game se­ries against the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles.

The ben­e­fit of such a move was that both were avail­able when Boone re­ally needed them.

Tor­res and Sanchez fu­eled a ninth-in­ning upris­ing that fea­tured a bases-loaded walk, and New York pulled out a 6-5 vic­tory Thursday to com­plete a sweep of the Ori­oles, who found yet another way to lose.

Af­ter com­bin­ing to hit 19 home runs against Bal­ti­more this sea­son, Tor­res and Sanchez watched from the dugout fol­low­ing a quick turn­around from a game on Wed­nes­day night. Boone fi­nally called for the duo af­ter My­chal Givens struck out the first two bat­ters in the ninth with the score tied.

Tor­res drew a walk and Sanchez sin­gled be­fore Givens walked DJ LeMahieu to load the bases. Af­ter go­ing 3-0 on Aaron Hicks, Givens got two strikes be­fore miss­ing badly out­side .

That sent Tor­res to the plate for the piv­otal run and moved Sanchez to third.

“Ob­vi­ously, you al­ways like when they’re in the lineup but to have them sit­ting over there in that spot was nice,” Boone said. “They were up hit­ting get­ting ready, get­ting pre­pared for that at-bat right there, and they went up and had good ones.”

Clint Fra­zier and Luke Voit home­red for the Yan­kees, who went deep 13 times dur­ing the se­ries. New York has hit 35 home runs in go­ing 10-2 against the Ori­oles, outscor­ing Bal­ti­more 86-50.

Down 4-1 in the eighth, the Ori­oles mounted a sur­pris­ing come­back. Two walks and an RBI sin­gle by Trey Mancini brought in Tommy Kahnle (2-0) from the bullpen, and Re­nato Nunez tied it with a three-run drive .

That merely delayed the in­evitable — another Bal­ti­more loss at the hands of New York. Some have been blowouts, oth­ers close, but the past nine have all had the same re­sult.

“We’re just not there yet,” man­ager Bran­don Hyde said.

In many of the pre­vi­ous de­feats, the Yan­kees blud­geoned the Ori­oles into sub­mis­sion. In this one, Hicks didn’t have to take the bat off his shoul­der.

“I was look­ing to do dam­age (but) in those sit­u­a­tions you’ve got to stay within your­self and do what you can to help the team,” Hicks said.

Zack Brit­ton worked the ninth for his sec­ond save.

Bal­ti­more has lost six straight. The Ori­oles own both the worst record in the ma­jors (15-35) and at home (6-19).

“We’re in a mode right now of ‘let’s see what we have’ and the next thing is de­vel­op­ing to win and win­ning close games,” Hyde said.

Yan­kees starter Masahiro Tanaka gave up one run and five hits in six in­nings. Com­ing off a start against Tampa Bay in which he took a line drive off the shin, Tanaka was hit by a come­backer off the bat of Rio Ruiz in the sec­ond. Boone said the ball hit the pitcher’s hand, and drove it back into his chest.

Tanaka picked up the ball and threw wildly to first to help Bal­ti­more take a 1-0 lead.

The Yan­kees were far more con­cerned about his health than the run. For­tu­nately, the righthande­r needed only a few prac­tice throws be­fore re­sum­ing his dom­i­na­tion of the Ori­oles.

A solo shot by Fra­zier in the fifth in­ning evened the score, and Gio Ur­shela chased Ori­oles starter Dy­lan Bundy with a two-run sin­gle in the sixth.

ROS­TER MOVE

The Ori­oles op­tioned OF Joey Rickard to Triple-A Norfolk af­ter the game and will prob­a­bly ac­ti­vate OF Keon Brox­ton on Friday. Brox­ton was ac­quired from the Mets on Wed­nes­day in a trade.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yan­kees: LHP CC Sa­bathia was placed on the 10-day IL with right knee in­flam­ma­tion. Boone hopes treatment and rest will solve the is­sue and cost the pitcher just one start. … RHP Dellin Be­tances (shoul­der) threw 120 feet from flat ground be­fore the game. … SS Troy Tu­low­itzki (calf), side­lined since April 3, is gear­ing up for game ac­tion and Boone said he will likely know where and when that should be by this week­end.

Nick Wass / As­so­ci­ated Press

The New York Yan­kees’ Gley­ber Tor­res comes in to score from third on a bases-loaded walk dur­ing the ninth in­ning against the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles on Thursday.

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