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O's top Yanks in 11 to end April in first-place tie

April 30, 2017

NEW YORK -- Mark Trumbo and Welington Castillo contributed big hits in a three-run 11th inning as the Orioles rebounded from another late bullpen collapse, snapping the Yankees' four-game winning streak with a 7-4 victory on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.Trumbo delivered the go-ahead hit off reliever Bryan Mitchell, who

NEW YORK -- Mark Trumbo and Welington Castillo contributed big hits in a three-run 11th inning as the Orioles rebounded from another late bullpen collapse, snapping the Yankees' four-game winning streak with a 7-4 victory on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Trumbo delivered the go-ahead hit off reliever Bryan Mitchell, who had returned to the mound after an unorthodox shift to first base, and Castillo roped a two-run single as Baltimore reclaimed a share of first place in the American League East.
Logan Verrett picked up the win in his Orioles debut, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the 10th before working a perfect 11th inning.

"Our guys refused to lose," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who was ejected for arguing a balk call in the ninth inning. "They let us hang around a little bit there early. They had a chance to open some things up and [Wade Miley] didn't let it happen. That will not be forgotten. He didn't implode and let the game get away from him. They kind of let us hang around there and our guys got back in it."
Baltimore took its first lead in the sixth inning on Jonathan Schoop's go-ahead RBI double, part of a three-run frame in which the Orioles sent eight men to the plate against rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery and reliever Jonathan Holder. Adam Jones, Trey Mancini and Craig Gentry also picked up RBIs for the O's.
Matthew Holliday hit a first-inning homer for the Yankees, who finished 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 16 men on base. Baltimore and New York finished April tied for first in the division with 15-8 records.

"The whole series was kind of crazy," Brett Gardner said. "We obviously didn't come away with the win, but there were a lot of positives. I thought we put up some good at-bats today when we came back there at the end. We always fight until the end."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
O's take advantage: After being limited to one run through the first five innings, the Orioles' bats came alive in the sixth as they sent eight men to the plate. Montgomery walked the first two batters before yielding to Holder. After a single loaded the bases, third baseman Chase Headley tried unsuccessfully for a double play on Mancini's game-tying fielder's choice. Schoop followed with a line-drive double to center field to give Baltimore the lead.

Miley's escapes: Miley was able to wriggle out of trouble repeatedly as the Yankees left seven men on through the first three innings. Most prominently, Miley held New York scoreless in the second inning after Gregorius singled and Chris Carter doubled to open the frame, with the left-hander striking out Kyle Higashioka, Gardner and Aaron Hicks in succession.
"This is kind of what he's done all season long," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He got a key double play, he got some key strikeouts."

Stopped cold: The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the 10th inning, and Verrett got Starlin Castro to hit a sharp grounder to shortstop J.J. Hardy that was fired home, forcing out Austin Romine on a nifty play by Castillo. Verrett then fanned Aaron Judge to end the inning and set up Baltimore's winning rally in the 11th.
"It's instinct," Castillo said. "As soon as I see the throw, I've got to make sure that I hold the ball, and that's what I did. The throw turned into the line, and I just went down there and grabbed the ball and tried to get one out."

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After pitching the ninth inning, Mitchell remained in the game by replacing Carter at first base for the 10th. Mitchell dropped a Castillo popup for an error, but then caught Schoop's foul pop. Mitchell was the first pitcher to pitch and play first base in the same game since the Brewers' Chuck Crim on June 6, 1989, at Toronto.

QUOTABLE
"I thought to myself, 'This is my opportunity to have a big moment at Yankee Stadium and put a stamp on my Orioles debut.' I thought it was a lot of fun out there. It was a long game, but glad we came out on top." -- Verrett, who was recalled from Triple-A prior to the game.

ON THE MOVE
Orioles closer Zach Britton will be rejoining the team in Boston. Britton, who has been sidelined with a left forearm injury, could be activated as early as Monday.
WHAT'S NEXT
Orioles: The Orioles will head to Boston to start a four-game series at Fenway Park. Dylan Bundy will square off Monday against Boston's Rick Porcello at 7:10 p.m. ET. Bundy was the O's best starter the first month of the season, pitching to a 1.65 ERA over 32 2/3 innings pitched. The righty is in his first full season as a starter.
Yankees: Right-hander Luis Severino (2-1, 3.00 ERA) will look to continue a string of strong performances on Monday as the Yankees host the Blue Jays at 7:05 p.m. ET. Severino has gone at least seven innings in three straight starts. Right-hander Marco Estrada (0-1, 2.70) starts for Toronto.
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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.