Cedric Mullins delivered a winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, Trey Mancini had his first three-hit game since returning from colon cancer surgery, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Yankees, 4-3, Thursday for a four-game series split.
Mancini had an R.B.I. single in the first and hit a tying solo homer in the sixth on a flat cutter from Jordan Montgomery, who shook off the initial sign from catcher Gary Sanchez. The 29-year-old Mancini had his first back-to-back multi-hit games since Sept. 23-24, 2019. Mancini missed the 2020 season while being treated for cancer.
“I’ve definitely felt better the last couple days,” said Mancini, who raised his average from .212 to .247 over the last two games. “I know I’ve had a couple spurts where it looked like maybe I broke out, but I never had that feeling like I did a couple years ago. I’ve been searching and searching.”
He added: “It’s tough when you’ve missed as much time as I did and you come back and expect to come back and be the same guy and it can take some time.”
Austin Hays put the Orioles ahead by 3-2 in the eighth with an R.B.I. double off Darren O’Day. Mullins scored from first as center fielder Aaron Hicks had trouble getting the ball out of his glove.
Pinch-hitter Mike Ford walked against Cesar Valdez leading off the ninth and moved to second on D.J. LeMahieu’s walk. Gleyber Torres fouled off a pair of changeups, then drove another to left-center for a two-out ground-rule double to tie it. LeMahieu was stranded at third when Gio Urshela lined out.
Pat Valaika sacrificed off Jonathan Loaisiga (2-1) leading off the 10th, moving automatic runner Ramon Urias to third. Mullins flied to center, and Valaika easily scored.
“I felt like we did so many things well today,” Baltimore Manager Brandon Hyde said. “Really good situational hitting there at the end.”
Tanner Scott (1-2) pitched a scoreless 10th for the Orioles, who have won three of last five and improved to 4-10 at home.
Rougned Odor hit a two-run single in the fifth off Adam Plutko. Baltimore starter Jorge Lopez gave up two runs and four hits in four-plus innings.
Montgomery allowed six hits in five innings.
The Yankees, tied with Baltimore for last in the A.L. East at 11-14, went 5-3 on a trip that started in Cleveland.
“You go out on a road trip and have a winning record, certainly that’s good,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said. “But we also know that a game or two, one thing here or one thing there and all the sudden it’s a special trip, I feel like we’re moving in the right direction. The offense is collectively having better ABs even though we got shut down a little bit today.”
Harper ‘Feels Good’ After Scary Incident
The Phillies star Bryce Harper said he feels fine after being hit in the face by a 96.9 mile-per-hour fastball Wednesday night, forcing him from Philadelphia’s game against St. Louis.
“Everything feels good,” Harper said in a video he posted to Instagram. He said he got a CT scan and other testing and “Everything came back good.”
Harper was drilled in the left cheek by left-handed reliever Genesis Cabrera’s first pitch in the sixth inning. Harper picked himself up and walked off the field, blood dripping from a cut on the side of his nose.
He appeared to have only minor swelling and bruising in the video he sent to social media.
“Face is still there, so we’re all good,” he said.
Cabrera, through translator Antonio Mujica, expressed remorse for his pitching.
“I’m very sorry for Bryce Harper,” Cabrera said. “I want to again to apologize to all of the action that happened, especially to Harper. I really wish him the best and I hope he has a speedy recovery. The game got away from me. I’m really sorry for everything that happened. It was not intentional.”
Under the three-batter minimum rule for relievers, Cabrera had to stay in.
St. Louis Manager Mike Shildt said he would have pulled Cabrera if he could have.
“It was a tie game. It was right in his spot,” Shildt said. “It was completely unfortunate the ball got away from him. Our prayers are with Bryce Harper and we hope he’s OK.
“It’s a failure of the three-batter minimum. Completely, absolutely no doubt. You’re talking about an aggressive young pitcher throwing to one of the superstars of this game. Clearly, he felt terrible. Everybody knows it was completely unintentional.”