NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees’ season-long dominance of the Baltimore Orioles ended with Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres being linked to Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.
And while Sanchez was modest in his thoughts about the achievement, other Yankees did not hesitate to express their amazement.
Sanchez’s three-run homer gave him 10 against Baltimore and New York beat the Orioles for the 16th straight time this season, winning 6-5 Wednesday in their final meeting this year.
“The funny thing about that is that we’re not thinking about records or anything like that,” Sanchez said through a translator. “We’re trying to go out there to have good at-bats.”
The Yankees hit 61 homers off Orioles pitching this season and outscored them 151-83. Sanchez and Torres (13 homers) joined Gehrig and Ruth as the second set of Yankees to hit double-digit homers against an opponent in the same season — Gehrig and Ruth each hit 11 against the Boston Red Sox in 1927 when teams played each other 22 times apiece.
“A couple of great young players that not only have done a lot in this game but the future’s very bright and they’re going to a lot of special things like that,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It just so happens they’ve had really good results against the Orioles this year.”
The Yankees went 17-2 against the O’s, their most wins versus any opponent in a season since going 17-5 over the Kansas City Athletics in 1959. New York’s winning streak is its longest against anyone in a season since a 21-game string over the St. Louis Browns in 1927.
Sanchez’s homer capped a four-run burst in the first inning. He sent a 2-0 changeup from Dylan Bundy (5-13) over the center field fence on top of the netting above Monument Park with two outs to give New York a 4-1 lead.
“It’s wild to kind of put that in perspective that way with those names,” Yankees starter J.A. Happ said. “I think it just shows you how locked in they can be.”
New York, which began the day tied with the Dodgers for the best record in the majors, improved to 81-41 and moved 40 games over .500 for the first time since 2009. Baltimore dropped to 39-82 and became the first big league team eliminated from division title contention.
Didi Gregorius hit an RBI single in the first and Mike Ford hit a two-run single in the sixth as the Yankees won their fifth straight.
Renato Nunez had five hits, including a two-run double in the seventh off Adam Ottavino, for Baltimore. Jonathan Villar drove in two runs for the last-place Orioles.
“I love the way we came back again,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “Yeah, we’re a little short at times, but yeah, it’s not a good feeling walking out of here having losing that many.”
Happ (10-7) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out six, walked two and did not allow a homer for the first time in six starts.
Bundy allowed six runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He retired 16 of 17 hitters before consecutive hits by Sanchez and Torres finished him.
Ottavino struck out pinch-hitter Chance Sisco to end the seventh and Zack Britton pitched a scoreless eighth. Aroldis Chapman converted his 33rd save in 38 chances.
The Orioles lost for the ninth time in 10 games and allowed their 250th homer, extending the American League record. Baltimore is eight away from matching the big league record set by the Cincinnati Reds in 2016.
“We don’t have to play them anymore, so I guess that’s a good thing,” Bundy said.
Phillies 11, Cubs 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — J.T. Realmuto hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper went deep twice and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in Charlie Manuel’s first game as hitting coach, ruining Cole Hamels’ return home Wednesday night.
Manuel was back in red pinstripes in his old dugout exactly six years to the day the franchise icon managed his last game for the Phillies. He heard “Charlie! Charlie! Charlie!” chants after Realmuto connected to make it 10-0 in the third.
Hamels, the 2008 NLCS and World Series MVP with Manuel’s Phillies, was roughed up in his first game in Philadelphia since he was traded to Texas in July 2015. Hamels (6-4) gave up eight runs and nine hits in two-plus innings.
Aaron Nola (11-3) benefited from the offense’s rare outburst. He allowed three hits, including Kris Bryant’s homer, and struck out seven in seven innings.
Hamels received the loudest applause during pregame introductions and got a standing ovation when he came to the plate already trailing 4-0 in the third. He wore longtime Phillies executive David Montgomery’s initials on a uniform patch. Montgomery, who died in May after a five-year fight with cancer, had a close relationship with Hamels.
Harper drove an opposite-field homer out to left-center to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the first. His solo shot landed in the second deck in right field in the sixth. Harper has six homers and 11 RBIs in the last 11 games. He’s up to 24 homers and 83 RBIs. After his second homer, Harper handed Manuel a cup of water in the dugout.
Hamels was suspended five games in 2012 for admitting he purposely hit Harper with a pitch in the rookie’s eighth career game.
Nola lined an RBI single in the second. Hamels was pulled after he didn’t cover first base on Adam Haseley’s grounder to Anthony Rizzo that turned into an RBI infield single. Alec Mills entered and Realmuto slammed his 17th homer two batters later on an 0-2 pitch.
Padres 7, Rays 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Cal Quantrill contributed with his arm and bat as the San Diego Padres beat Tampa Bay for the first time in over nine years, topping the Rays 7-2 on Wednesday.
San Diego had lost nine in a row to the Rays overall since June 23, 2010, in an interleague matchup that hasn’t occurred too often.
The Padres also posted their first home win over Tampa Bay — they were 0-3 against the Rays in 2004 when Petco Park opened, and had dropped the first two games of this series.
Eric Hosmer homered to help San Diego stop a three-game losing streak. Tampa Bay had won five in row, along with nine straight on the road.
Quantrill (6-3) gave up a two-run homer to Tommy Pham in the first inning, but little else before leaving with one out in the sixth. He allowed three hits and walked one, striking out six.
Quantrill is 4-1 with a 1.32 ERA since the All-Star break. The rookie also had his first major league hit and RBI with a single to right in the second inning.
Rays starter Jalen Beeks (5-2) allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings.
The Padres scored twice on four hits in the fourth to break a 2-2 tie. Luis Urias doubled for fourth RBI in the last two games, and Hosmer hit his 18th homer in the fifth.
Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 6
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado lingered near the batter’s box a little longer than usual as he stared at his liner.
It wasn’t to admire. It was simply to make sure.
In a season that’s been so foul for Colorado, he wanted to double-check that his deep drive indeed stayed fair before celebrating.
Arenado hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Rockies a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
A rare bright spot in what’s been a trying stretch for a club that’s all but assured it won’t be making a third straight postseason appearance. The Rockies are 14-33 since June 21, which is one of the worst marks by winning percentage in the majors over the time frame.
“It’s been a grind for all of us individually and as a team,” said Arenado, who’d left four runners on base before connecting on his 27th homer of the season. “It feels good to come out with a win right there.”
After Trevor Story was hit by a pitch to start the ninth, Arenado launched a fastball from Archie Bradley (3-5) over the fence in left — and just fair. It was Arenado’s third career walk-off homer and first since June 18, 2017, against San Francisco.
“I hit it good,” Arenado said.
Bradley threw it good, too.
Immediately after contact, Bradley began walking toward the dugout. He knew. He had his career-best string of 17 1/3 scoreless innings snapped.
“This is our last time here and I’m not sad about it,” Bradley said about Coors Field. “I will be the first person happy to get out of here.”
Arenado was doused with Powerade soon after crossing home plate and mobbed by teammates. Colorado ended a string of five straight losses to Arizona.