Yankees atop AL East after ugly win over lowly Orioles

After a long stretch of uncertainty and confusion in the world, there are growing signs of normalcy.

The latest came the last few days in The Bronx, where the Yankees are rolling again — and the Orioles stink.

The Yankees finished off a sweep of last-place Baltimore with a 10-5 win on Thursday, as the woeful birds made five errors, leading to six unearned runs.

The victory extended the Yankees’ winning streak to six games, as they completed an undefeated homestand with a second straight series sweep after they did the same thing to Cleveland over the weekend.

They’ve also won eight of their last nine to catapult themselves into first place in the AL East. 

Thursday’s finale was especially ugly, as the Orioles — who somehow took two of three from the Yankees earlier in the month at Camden Yards — have now lost four in a row. 

The Yankees took advantage of a pair of errors in the fifth to score four unearned runs with run-scoring hits by Marwin Gonzalez, Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton.

Marwin Gonzalez #14 of the New York Yankees hits an RBI double driving home Tim Locastro #33 of the New York Yankees during the 5th inning.
Tim Locastro opened the scoring for the Yankees during a rare start for the outfielder.
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It allowed them to overcome an early two-run deficit, created in part due to some of the Yankees’ own miscues.

Tim Locastro, getting a rare start in center, took a bad route on Ryan McKenna’s shot to right-center, which fell for a one-out ground rule double.

Jameson Taillon struck out Anthony Bemboom before Kelvin Gutierrez grounded a single to right. Judge’s ill-advised throw home was too late, but Kyle Higashioka fired to second base, where Isiah Kiner-Falefa blocked the bag with his foot, preventing Gutierrez from reaching the base.

In the third, Taillon hit Cedric Mullins to lead off the inning. Two wild pitches moved Mullins to third, which allowed him to score on a slow roller back to Taillon by Trey Mancini to make it 2-0.

Austin Hays followed with a double, but Taillon fanned Rougned Odor.

Taillon encountered more trouble in the fourth, with a leadoff single by Mateo followed by a walk to McKenna. Bemboom bunted both runners over. 

But he responded by striking out Gutierrez and getting Mullins to pop out.

In the fifth, Taillon retired the first two batters before Hays singled to right. Taillon was removed, despite having fanned Odor twice earlier in the game. 

Odor doubled off Miguel Castro, who then walked Mateo to load the bases for McKenna.

Castro rebounded by striking out McKenna.

The Yankees’ offense finally got going in the bottom of the fifth when Locastro reached on an error by Gutierrez to open the inning. Gonzalez followed with a double into the left field corner.

Jameson Taillon #50 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch
Jameson Taillon
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Third base coach Luis Rojas sent the speedy Locastro and he just beat the throw home for the Yankees’ first run. 

After Higashioka flied out, DJ LeMahieu hit a routine grounder to shortstop and Gonzalez foolishly broke to third, but Jorge Mateo fumbled it for another error, putting runners on the corners for Judge.

Judge hit a hard liner toward Odor at second and the former Yankee couldn’t come up with it for an RBI single.

Rizzo followed with a hit to left to drive in LeMahieu and give the Yankees their first lead and Stanton added a run-scoring single to make it 4-2.

Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees hits an RBI single during the 5th inning.
Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI single contributed to a four-run fourth inning for the Yankees.
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The Orioles threatened in the sixth, but with two on and two out, Jonathan Loaisiga got Trey Mancini looking to preserve the two-run lead. 

Joey Gallo led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and moved to third when, on Locastro’s infield hit back to pitcher Mike Baumann, the right-hander made an error on the throw to first.

The Yankees capitalized, as Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly drove in Gallo.

Baltimore’s comedy of errors didn’t stop in the seventh. LeMahieu led off with a ground ball that just got by Mateo and into left field, but Hays didn’t get to the ball quickly and LeMahieu hustled into second for an unlikely double. 

He scored on Josh Donaldson’s single to left for the Yankees’ first earned run of the game.

A three-run shot by Judge in the eighth gave the Yankees double digit runs for the third time in four games.

Ron Marinaccio’s meltdown in the ninth, when he allowed three straight doubles and three runs, forced Lucas Luetge into the game to end it.

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