Yanks Sweep Away O's

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May 23, 2019 - 4:47 pm

May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks (31) flips his bat after walking with the bases loaded in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

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 BALTIMORE (AP) - Mychal Givens walked Aaron Hicks with the bases loaded to
force in the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees
defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 Thursday to complete a four-game sweep.
 
 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.
 
 Yankees manager Aaron Boone wrote out a starting lineup without Gleyber Torres
and Gary Sanchez, who have combined to hit 19 home runs against the Orioles this
season.
 
 Boone cited the quick turnaround from Wednesday night's game as the chief
reason to rest his ``studs,'' but he called upon them in the ninth after Givens
(0-2) struck out the first two batters.
 
 Torres drew a walk and Sanchez singled before Givens walked DJ LeMahieu to load
the bases. After going 3-0 on Hicks, Givens got two strikes before missing badly
outside.
 
     Zack Britton worked the ninth for his second save.
 
 Baltimore has lost six straight. The Orioles own the worst record in the majors
(15-35) and worst record at home (6-19).
 
 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. It was
unclear if he was struck in the glove, wrist or chest, but Tanaka quickly picked
up the ball and threw wildly to first, setting up a run.
 
 The Yankees were far more concerned about his health than the run. Fortunately,
the right-hander needed only a few practice throws before resuming his command
of the last-place 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.
 
     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. ... SS Didi Gregorius (elbow) was set
to play the field in extended spring training on Thursday, a step up in his
recovery after being a designated hitter on Wednesday.
 
     UP NEXT
 
 Yankees: Having won six straight series, New York takes aim at the Royals in a
three-game set that begins Friday with the Yankees' starting pitcher yet to be
named.
 
 Orioles: John Means (5-4, 2.68 ERA) helps Baltimore launch interleague play
with a matchup in Colorado on Friday night.

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