Sonny Gray finally gets run support as Yankees rout Orioles, 9-1

BALTIMORE — Look what happens when Sonny Gray gets some run support.

The Bombers plated three runs in the first inning — two courtesy of an Aaron Judge’s 39th homer of the season — and Gray and the Yankees coasted to a 9-1 win over the Orioles in a game that was supposed to be played on Wednesday night, but was postponed due to rain.

In the process, the Yankees finally snapped their 11-series losing streak at Camden Yards, having not won a series at the beautiful Baltimore ballpark since September 2013.

Gray, who had received one or fewer runs in four of his first six starts with the Yankees, threw 5.2 strong innings. He allowed one unearned run on six hits, walked two and struck out five on Thursday.

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“We have been playing some really good baseball. We have been throwing that ball well and swinging the bats and playing reallty good defense, it was definitely really nice to take the mound with a three-run lead,” said Gray, who won his first road game for the Yanks. “But what I was really happy about is that we didn’t just stop, we kept putting the pressure on them.”

Aaron Judge was one of four Yankees to homer as Bombers crush the Orioles in Baltimore on Thursday afternoon.

Aaron Judge was one of four Yankees to homer as Bombers crush the Orioles in Baltimore on Thursday afternoon.

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The 27-year-old righty, who came to the Yankees in a deadline deal, had been 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA in his previous three starts in Baltimore.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Didi Gregorius made a mighty fine play at shortstop in the sixth inning, fielding a tough grounder and throwing to Ronald Torreyes for the force at second base.

TURNING POINT

The Yankees jumped on top 3-0 in the first inning with a pair of two-out hits. Didi Gregorius delivered an RBI double, and Aaron Judge followed with a two-run homer to right-center.

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STAR OF THE GAME

Sonny Gray, who has a 2.74 ERA in seven starts since being traded to the Yankees.

Sonny Gray allows just one unearned run in five-plus innings of work.

Sonny Gray allows just one unearned run in five-plus innings of work.

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STAT OF THE GAME

9. Aaron Judge has hit nine of his 39 homers against the Orioles this year. Only Mark McGwire hit more homers (49) as a rookie.

UNSUNG HERO

Austin Romine, who did a solid job behind the plate in the absence of Gary Sanchez.

M.I.A.

The Orioles, who were fortunate not to get swept.

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UP NEXT

Friday at Texas, 8:05 p.m. ET Masahiro Tanaka (11-10, 4.54 ERA) vs. Martin Perez (11-10, 4.87)

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Published at Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:46:36 +0000