Jorge Mateo hit a game-tying RBI single and Kelvin Gutierrez followed with a tiebreaking single in a four-run seventh inning as the Baltimore Orioles overcame a trio of three-run deficits and recorded an 8-7 victory over the host New York Yankees on Sunday afternoon.
The Orioles (43-92) won for the fifth time in 30 games since Aug. 2 and recorded a road series win for the first time since sweeping the Washington Nationals July 23-25. Baltimore also beat the Yankees for the seventh time in 16 meetings this year.
Mateo forged a 7-7 tie when he capped a 12-pitch at-bat off Andrew Heaney (8-9). He fouled off six pitches before lifting a single to short center field that went just past the reach of second baseman DJ LeMahieu.
Three pitches later, Gutierrez singled to left field for an 8-7 lead.
Jahmai Jones started Baltimore’s comeback with a bases-loaded two-run double that went off the top of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton’s glove.
Austin Hays hit a solo shot (his 15th) and Cedric Mullins (No. 25) hit a two-run homer for the Orioles, who won their fourth one-run game against the Yankees this season.
Gary Sanchez homered twice to raise his season total to 20 and drove in six runs for the Yankees, who are 2-6 since winning 13 straight Aug. 14-27. Sanchez hit his third career grand slam in the second off Keegan Akin for a 4-1 lead and hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Marcos Diplan (1-0) for a 7-4 lead.
Anthony Rizzo added an RBI single for New York, which also held a 5-2 lead.
After getting the lead for the second time, the Orioles hung on.
Diplan was replaced by Tanner Scott after walking Stanton in seventh. Scott stranded two in the seventh and fanned Joey Gallo to end the eighth before Tyler Wells pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save.
Akin allowed four runs on three hits in four innings.
New York’s Corey Kluber allowed two runs on four hits in 3 2/3 innings in his second start following a three-month injured list stint for a strained right shoulder.
–Field Level Media