BALTIMORE — The home runs just continue to come for the Yankees at Camden Yards. With a 7-5 win over the Orioles, the team is now a season-high 14 games above .500 and two games above the Rays for first place in the AL East.
Torres is the story here, however, with his two home runs tonight upping his season total versus Baltimore to 10 already. With 10 of his 12 homers having been hit against the O’s, even long-time broadcaster Gary Thorne couldn’t believe what he was seeing anymore.
Way back, up and *Gary Thorne dies inside* I dont even know. goodbye. home run. i mean… last two at bats he's hit home runs numbers 11 and 12 on the season and now has TEN HOME RUNS against the Orioles this year" pic.twitter.com/w5jIURHlu7
The Yankees did most of their damage against starter Dan Straily, who only went four innings but gave up six runs on eight hits.
Tonight, the team needed all the runs they could get as CC Sabathia did not have his best stuff. Admitting after the game that his knee was bothering him, the left-hander gave up five runs on six hits in just five innings of work.
Luckily for Aaron Boone, his bullpen was more than capable of finishing the job.
The quartet of Tommy Kahnle, Adam Ottavino, Chad Green, and Aroldis Chapman combined to give up just one hit and two walks, while striking out six Orioles. Protecting a 7-5 lead in the ninth, Chapman slammed the door and got his 13th save of the season.
The win was credited to Sabathia, his third of the season and 249th for his career. It looks like historic number 250 will have to wait, however, as the lefty hinted at a likely IL stint to nurse his ailing knee.