Fresh off a game one victory earlier in the day, the Yankees completed a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles on Saturday night with a 5-1 win. >> Box score
1) Sonny Gray pitched 6.1 scoreless innings and struck out seven batters in the process as he stifled the Orioles' offense into the seventh inning.
2) Austin Romine went 3-for-4 and capped off his day at the plate with a solo home run in the ninth inning. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks each had RBI singles for the Yankees, who totaled 12 hits in the nightcap. Hicks, Miguel Andujar, and Gleyber Torres contributed two hits each.
3) Jonathan Holder pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief before Tommy Kahnle allowed a run in the ninth inning to erase a potential shutout. Dellin Betances was called on to record the final out in the ninth inning.
The Yankees have to be immensely pleased that Gray performed as he did tonight. These doubleheaders can prove to be a complete drain on the bullpen, but Gray carried the Yankees through the sixth with another splendid outing against the Orioles, who he has dominated in pinstripes. Not much has gone Gray's way this season, but tonight he contributed in a big way.
The Yankees have now won seven of their last eight games and ran their record to 14-5 since they were swept out of Boston. The Yankees, who are a season-high 35 games over .500 are making a run right now at exactly the right time as the Red Sox have hit a bit of a rough stretch, losing five of their last seven games. The Yankees are now seven games back (six in the loss column) and all New York can do is keep winning series and hope that the games against the Red Sox mean more than keeping hold of the top playoff seed.
The Yankees and Orioles wrap up their series on Sunday night at 8:08 p.m.