Orioles edge Yankees, 9-6, behind 8-run 7th inning as Gunnar Henderson, Adam Frazier continue May – The Denver Post
Neither Gunnar Henderson nor Adam Frazier started this season the way they or the Orioles hoped. The two infielders, one a rookie and the other a veteran, have been doing their best to catch up lately.
The pair contributed Baltimore’s biggest eight-run seventh-inning success on Wednesday night against the New York Yankees which turned a four-run deficit into a four-run lead as the Orioles tied their streak at Yankee Stadium. with a 9-6 victory.
Baltimore (32-17) entered the frame 5-1 behind, with Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes, briefly an Oriole to start his career, continuing his success against his former team until then. Cortes took the mound for the seventh with a 1.39 ERA in 45 1/3 career innings against Baltimore, but a walk to Anthony Santander and a single from Austin Hays brought up Frazier, who threw a ball quick raised from the right field foul post for a three home run to cut the Orioles’ deficit to one.
The outburst was Frazier’s sixth, with the former All-Star needing less than a third the number of plate appearances to double his total from last season with the Seattle Mariners. He left his batting line in his last 25 games at .296/.374/.506 after hitting .206/.289/.338 in his first 23.
It also provided more runs than the Orioles had scored against Cortes in any of their previous eight matchups against him. With him offside, the Yankees (30-21) turned to right-hander Jimmy Cordero, and after James McCann and Jorge Mateo singled out, manager Brandon Hyde hit Henderson, a left-handed hitter, for Joey Ortiz. Baseball’s top prospect at the start of the year, Henderson entered May 13 hitting .170 with .651 OPS, but came home hitting .294 with .903 OPS in his final 10 games. The 21-year-old netted a two-point brace down the right field line.
After Henderson was third on a passed ball, he headed home on a fly ball from Ryan Mountcastle. Santander followed with a single to score Adley Rutschman, who walked, then came home on Hays’ second hit of the inning. He joined Cedric Mullins as the Orioles who recorded multiple one-inning hits this season, with Mullins doing so in Baltimore’s previous frame, a seven-run seventh on May 5 against Atlanta.
The eight-run avalanche is the Orioles’ biggest one-inning production since scoring nine in the eighth against the Kansas City Royals on Sept. 8, 2021.
The comeback erased a rough night for Orioles right-hander Tyler Wells, who allowed five runs on three homers — two from Gleyber Torres — in five innings. Although Wells initially entered the majors in base runners allowed per inning, the exit left him with the second most homers allowed in the American League at 13, one behind former Oriole Jordan Lyles. Eighteen of the 22 points allowed to Wells this season are on homers.
Mike Baumann worked a quick sixth before the Baltimore rally, and Mychal Givens got one out to open the seventh before allowing three straight base runners. With the bases loaded for left-hander Anthony Rizzo, Hyde called on left-hander Danny Coulombe, who allowed a single but retired the next five batters to send the game to the ninth inning.
A night after missing the save, Félix Bautista threw a clear ninth, including two strikeouts, to end the Orioles’ three-game overtime streak and complete their 19th comeback win of the year.
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