BALTIMORE -- There are times when it crosses Manny Machado's mind. Afternoons when he walks into Camden Yards, hours before first pitch, wondering if this will be the last time he heads through the bowels of the stadium and into Baltimore's home clubhouse.As trade rumors continue to fly, there will
BALTIMORE -- There are times when it crosses Manny Machado's mind. Afternoons when he walks into Camden Yards, hours before first pitch, wondering if this will be the last time he heads through the bowels of the stadium and into Baltimore's home clubhouse.
As trade rumors continue to fly, there will be a time -- sooner rather than later -- when Machado is not in an Orioles uniform. But for now, he is still theirs. And on Tuesday, Machado, along with best buddy Jonathan Schoop, carried Baltimore to a 6-5 walk-off win over the Yankees.
"You just try to enjoy your moment, try to enjoy the season," said Machado, who hit two game-tying homers as he continues to have a career season. "Like I have since Day 1, since I stepped in here, you try to take it all in. Nobody ever wants to think about that day."
The day Machado -- a free agent at the end of the season -- no longer wears the black and orange looms large. But on Tuesday night, the home fans were able to relish again what the 26-year-old has brought to Charm City.
Machado hit his 22nd and 23rd homers and drove in three runs, while Schoop -- who had a homer overturned on replay review -- singled off of first baseman Greg Bird's glove with two outs in the ninth to put the Orioles in the win column.
"I don't want to think that," Schoop said of his dwindling days with Machado. "You hear the rumors, but I don't want to think about it. I just want to go out there and enjoy him while we can enjoy him."
Schoop, who has heated up in his own right, made Machado proud with his ninth-inning at-bat. After Yankees reliever Dellin Betances hit No. 9 batter Caleb Joseph with a pitch, Adam Jones' one-out double into right field put the winning run 90 feet away. Yankees manager Aaron Boone opted to intentionally walk Machado and, after Betances sent Mark Trumbo down swinging, Schoop came through with the clutch hit.
"Like I told him before, anyone can get out of it, you just have to stay mentally strong and mentally prepared for this grind," Machado said. "Once you look up there at those numbers and keep seeing .200 [batting average] and you keep struggling and keep struggling, it can take a toll on you. So, just a matter of him coming out here working every day and staying with his approach."
Machado, voted as the American League All-Star team's starting shortstop, went deep for a solo shot leading off the fifth off Masahiro Tanaka that made it 3-3, a home run that Statcast™ projected at 444 feet. He then hit a game-tying two-run blast in the seventh off of Chad Green that was ruled a homer after replay review.
"It's been a remarkable season for him -- you think about the challenges we faced as a team, but he's just been as consistent as you could ask a guy to be," manager Buck Showalter said. "Manny gets a mistake and he's not missing it."
Orioles starter Andrew Cashner retired the first 13 batters he faced before Didi Gregorius' single with one out in the fifth. Cashner then walked Miguel Andujar before Bird unloaded on a 2-2 fastball, sending it out onto the right-field flag court to give the Yankees a temporary 3-2 lead.
Cashner was charged with five runs over 6 1/3 innings, though two of those runs scored after he exited in favor of reliever Miguel Castro.
"I felt 31," Cashner quipped when asked how he felt going into the game. "I mean, I don't know. I felt typical. I just thought more than anything I located my fastball."
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Joseph comes up big: With one out in the ninth inning, Gregorius tried to advance to second on a pitch in the dirt, but Joseph's throw nabbed him. The closely contested play, which replay review determined would stand, prevented the Yankees from getting the go-ahead run in scoring position and was a huge momentum boost. Closer Zach Britton then struck out Bird to end the inning.
HE SAID IT
"I just think he's a star player. I think you have these big moments and he always shows up and he shines. It's impressive to watch. I've never seen a guy, every time you need a big hit, he comes through, whether it's a base hit, whether it's a homer, whether it's defense. It's really impressive." -- Cashner, on Machado
"It's a tough situation. You try to soak it in. People want you, teams want you. You try to soak it in, but at the same time, you've just got to let it slide. Once that game starts, or it gets close to game time, you want to prepare yourself and get mentally ready for the game. At the end of the day, I'm trying to go out there and leave it out on the field, do everything well and play good baseball. This just happened to be one of those good days today overall." -- Machado, on blocking out trade rumors
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MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
In the seventh inning, Machado appeared to hit his second game-tying homer of the night on a projected 375-foot fly ball that was just out of the reach of Aaron Judge. The ball hit the top of Judge's glove and bounced off the top of the groundskeepers' shed, which is a home run at Camden Yards, but the ball bounced back into the field and was initially ruled still in play. With Machado waiting confidently on first, the call was overturned after a 49-second review, and the slugger was awarded homer No. 23 of the season to extend his team lead in home runs and RBIs.
"I know I didn't get all of it, but I thought I got enough of it that it was probably going to go out," Machado said.
Dylan Bundy will take on the Yankees and right-hander Sonny Gray in Wednesday's 7:05 p.m. ET series finale at Camden Yards. Bundy struggled with his command in his first start off the disabled list on Friday. He was tagged for six runs (five earned) in 3 1/3 innings in a loss to Minnesota. Prior to going on the DL, Bundy was 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four June starts.
Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.