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New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick & Prediction SEP 16TH 2021

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A litany of "gut-punch losses" through an inconsistent four months ultimately forced the New York Yankees into pursuing a wild-card spot and not a division title.

The Yankees almost added another bad loss Wednesday but survived. They will attempt to complete a three-game road sweep when they face the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

New York (82-64) is seeking its fourth straight win following a 3-12 skid that came after a 13-game winning streak Aug. 14-27. The hot streak vaulted the Yankees into the first wild-card spot, but now they are in a dogfight with the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays for the two wild-card positions.

New York nearly lost ground Wednesday when it blew a two-run lead before Brett Gardner hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win. Gardner's hit came after pinch runner Tyler Wade and Gleyber Torres pulled off a double steal and occurred after New York's Chad Green allowed a two-run homer to Austin Hays when he was one strike away from finishing the eighth.

"That's a situation you want to be in," said Gardner, who is hitting .326 (14-for-43) in his past 12 games. "You want to be up there with the game on the line. I feel like I've been having pretty good at-bats recently and seeing the ball well."

Instead of Wednesday being placed in the same category as blowing a four-run lead at home in the ninth against the Los Angeles Angels on June 30 or the collapse against the New York Mets on July 4 or the blown four-run lead in Boston on July 25, the Yankees were able to exhale following their 11th win in 18 meetings with the Orioles this year.

Baltimore (46-99) played its best game of a five-game skid by getting two homers from Hays, a leaping catch by Cedric Mullins in center field and an effective outing by John Means. Those things occurred after the Orioles allowed 51 runs and 18 homers during the first four games of the skid.

"That was a tough one for us," Hays said. "We were able to force the issue and get the lead, but unfortunately we were not able to get the win tonight."

Hays has hit safely in 19 of his past 21 games, including a career-high 17-game hitting streak that ended in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader. He also is batting .308 (20-for-65) with six homers in his past 16 games.

The Orioles played Wednesday without Trey Mancini, who is day-to-day with soreness in his abdominal area and oblique.

After Nestor Cortes Jr. recorded 11 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday, the Yankees are hoping Jordan Montgomery (5-6, 3.71 ERA) rebounds from his worst outing of the season. In a Friday loss to the New York Mets, he allowed a career-high seven runs (five earned) and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Montgomery will be facing the Orioles for the second time in three starts. On Sept. 4 in New York, he allowed one run on six hits in 4 2/3 innings of a no-decision.

The left-hander is 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA in 11 starts against Baltimore.

Chris Ellis (1-0, 2.08), who has allowed a total of one run in his past two outings, will make his fifth career start. Ellis last pitched against the Blue Jays on Friday, when he allowed five hits and one run in five innings for a no-decision.

Ellis will oppose the Yankees for the second time in his career. On Sept. 4, Ellis originally was credited with five hitless innings before an error by left fielder Ryan McKenna was changed to a double for Aaron Judge last week.

--Field Level Media

New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles Recap MAY 16TH 2021

Ryan Mountcastle finished with four RBIs, Maikel Franco hit a two-run homer and drove in three, and pitcher Bruce Zimmermann gave Baltimore solid long relief as the Orioles rallied for a 10-6 victory over the visiting New York Yankees on Sunday.

Zimmermann (2-3) shut down the Yankees after they scored four runs in the first off starter Adam Plutko. Baltimore just recalled the left-handed rookie from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday -- sending back infielder Ramon Urias -- and Zimmerman delivered.

He came on in the second and allowed one run on two hits in 5 2/3 innings. Zimmermann struck out six and walked one.

The Yankees gave starter Jordan Montgomery a big early lead, but he could not hold onto it and gave up five runs on six hits in three innings as the Orioles rallied.

New York started by loading the bases with no outs in the first. The Yankees scored a run when Gio Urshela grounded into a double play before Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier followed with back-to-back homers. Sanchez's was a two-run shot while Frazier's solo blast made it 4-0.

The Orioles got two back in the bottom of the first thanks to a two-out rally. Mountcastle drove in one with an RBI double, and Pedro Severino's single cut the lead to 4-2.

Aaron Judge stretched the lead to 5-2 in the third on his fourth home run of this series, but Baltimore then answered with three in the bottom half. Mountcastle started things with a sacrifice fly before Franco (double) and Freddy Galvis (single) tied the game with run-scoring hits.

Trey Mancini then gave the Orioles a 6-5 lead in the fourth with an RBI double off of Michael King (0-1). Franco then stretched the lead to 8-5 with his two-run homer in the seventh against Wandy Peralta, and Mountcastle added a two-run single in the eighth before the Yankees scored one in the ninth.

Also, the Yankees placed Aaron Hicks on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to May 13) due to a left wrist sprain. They also signed outfielder Ryan LaMarre to a major league deal and called him up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Also, another person on the team's support staff tested positive for COVID-19, the ninth one in recent days.

--Field Level Media

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