BALTIMORE — Anthony Santander lined a three-run homer within the ninth inning off Lucas Luetge and the Baltimore Orioles avoided a four-game sweep by beating the Yankees, 9-6, on Thursday.
“I put myself within the pitcher’s shoes in that situation,” Santander said through a translator. “Knowing that he desired to are available, attempting to jam me, attempting to make me hit a soft grounder to force a double play. I used to be really capable of get my hands in and concentrate on that. I hit the ball rather well.”
Latest York lost for just the second time in 11 games and has a major-league best record of 28-10. The Yankees fell to 18-1 when scoring five runs or more this season.
The Yankees were all the way down to their last out within the ninth when D.J. LeMahieu hit an R.B.I. single off closer Jorge Lopez that tied it at 6.
The Orioles answered when Austin Hays reached on a throwing error by third baseman Josh Donaldson, who had pinch-hit in the highest half of the inning. One out later, Trey Mancini singled and Santander followed with a drive to left field for his seventh homer of the season.
When Santander connected, it had loads of distance — the one query was whether it might be fair or foul, and it easily was contained in the pole at Camden Yards.
“Last two nights, we lost two one-run games,” Orioles Manager Brandon Hyde said. “I believed today was a few of our higher at-bats of the season.”
Giancarlo Stanton homered over the left-field wall, which was moved back 26 ½ feet since last 12 months and was called “a travesty” by Yankees slugger Aaron Judge this series. Stanton became the primary Orioles opponent to clear that fence. He has 11 home runs and he leads the league with 35 R.B.I.
Félix Bautista (1-1) picked up the win for the Orioles.
The Yankees still finished their eight-game road trip 6-2.
“Any time you exit on the road and throw a 6-2 on the market, you’ll take that,” Manager Aaron Boone said. “Sit up for being back at Yankee Stadium.”