The Yankees swat five homers, beat the Orioles, 7-5, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score
Seven takeaways from Thursday's game...
1 ) The Yankees loaded the bases (walk, single, walk) after Baltimore reliever Mychal Givens retired the first two batters in the ninth inning and Aaron Hicks drew a walk to take the lead.
2 ) Zack Britton, who was described as "beat up" when Aaron Boone gave the reason for not using him last night, came in to get the save so that Aroldis Chapman could get a day off.
3 ) Gio Urshela collected yet another clutch base hit, driving in two runs with a two-out, bases-loaded single to break a sixth inning tie. Urshela is hitting .333 and now has 19 RBI for the season.
4 ) Masahiro Tanaka produced two very economical innings to finish his outing and extend it through six innings (95 pitches, 70 strikes). Tanaka allowed just one run on five hits and one walk. Tanaka struck out five and lowered his ERA to 2.94 for the season.
5 ) Clint Frazier is heating back up, hitting his third home run of the series, which tied the game in the fifth inning. It was Frazier's ninth home run of the season (24 RBI), and it is safe to say that the promise he possessed when acquired in the 2016 trade with the Indians is breaking through.
6 ) Luke Voit drilled his 12th home run of the season and collected his team-leading 35th RBI. Voit, who added a double, continues to be a stabilizing force in the middle of the Yankees lineup.
7 ) Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but his eighth inning did not go quite as well. Holder walked the first two batters, and then allowed a RBI base knock before being pulled for Tommy Kahnle. Kahnle retired the first batter, but allowed a game-tying three-run home run. It is one of those head-scratching moments when we have to ask Boone why bring out Holder for a second inning instead of Kahnle to start the eighth inning? It didn't matter in the end, but it could have been the difference in the ball game.
The Yankees travel to Kansas City to face the Royals for a three-game set over this Memorial Day weekend. The series opener kicks off at 8:15 p.m.