NEW YORK -- Gary Sánchez continued a sensational opening act to his big league career on Friday, homering among his three hits and driving in four runs to help the Yankees trounce the Orioles, 14-4, at Yankee Stadium.
Sanchez's two-run homer in the fifth inning marked his 10th in his first 22 Major League games, having been recalled from the Minors earlier this month. The slugging 23-year-old also contributed a two-run double as part of a six-run second inning, in which the Yankees sent 12 men to the plate and knocked right-hander Yovani Gallardo out of the game.
"Yeah, [I'm surprising myself] a little bit, but at the same time there's a lot of hard work before every game," Sanchez said. "That's giving me good results right now."
Gallardo was charged with eight runs (seven earned) in just 1 1/3 innings. Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley also hit two-run homers for New York, while Baltimore's Manny Machado homered twice off Yankees starter Luis Cessa, who worked six innings of three-run ball to earn his second victory in as many Major League starts.
"Just up and wild in the strike zone and up," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Gallardo. "Never really got any sequences going. He had a chance to make a pitch in some counts and couldn't make it, and he paid the price. He wasn't the only one. We didn't pitch well tonight on a lot of fronts."
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There's something about Gary: Sanchez punctuated his three-hit night loudly with a long drive to left field off reliever Vance Worley, becoming the third player in Major League history to hit 10 home runs in his first 22 career games. He joined Trevor Story (10, 2016 Rockies) and George Scott (10, 1966 Red Sox) in that group, and Sanchez's 10 homers in August have established a Yankees rookie record, surpassing Joe DiMaggio (nine, August 1936) and Tom Tresh (nine, August 1962).
"I mean, he continues to just swing the bat extremely well," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He seems to center every baseball he hits. He's patient. He gets his pitch and he's not missing it right now. Guys are excited to watch. [Teixeira] just kind've had his mouth open, like, 'Wow.' I'm not sure if it was a changeup or a breaking ball that he hit, but it's as good as I've seen to start a career." More >
Jones exits: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones left the game in the second inning with a left hamstring strain. Jones, who came out of Thursday's game early, is a huge part of the O's. And his absence was felt immediately as center fielder Nolan Reimold committed a fielding error in the bottom of the second inning that contributed to the Yankees' six-run frame.
"I felt fine," said Jones, who passed his pregame tests. "It's just the first true test comes when you hit an infield ground ball and the first instinct is to try and beat it out. Probably not the smartest thing to do."
Showalter said it's "not a DL situation" with Jones. More >
Another solid six: Cessa has logged the victory in each of his first two Major League starts, coming off a six-inning performance on Saturday against the Angels in Anaheim. This time around, the right-hander was amped up early, clocked at 98 mph in the first inning. Other than Machado's two homers, the O's got Cessa for only three other hits as he walked one and struck out five. He also contributed a nifty defensive play in the fourth inning to retire Jonathan Schoop.
"We used both sides of the plate and used the breaking ball down and away," Cessa said. "I think the most important thing right now for me is I can pitch inside with my fastball. We show it, then after that we throw a breaking ball down and away."
Gallardo's short start: The O's righty, coming off a season-high seven innings, recorded just four outs for the shortest start of his career. Gallardo was charged with the seven earned runs and did little to quell the concern over the Orioles' rotation without Opening Day starter Chris Tillman.
"It's frustrating. I just wasn't able to command the ball. I was just missing location and the ball was up in the zone," Gallaro said. "It's the total opposite from what it was last start. It's definitely frustrating. I just tried to build off the last start that I had, and then something like that happens."
"I think it's one of those days that everything was going wrong. Think he was leaving some pitches out and over the plate. After that, it was just one of those days that everything goes wrong. It wasn't his day."
-- Orioles catcher Francisco Peña, on Gallardo
"You look at what they've all done. Guys are excited around here and we believe."
-- Girardi, on the "Baby Bombers"
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Teixeira's first-inning home run was the 202nd of his Yankees career, tying Hall of Famer Bill Dickey for 16th place on the franchise's all-time list. Teixeira's next home runs will tie Roger Maris (203), Robinson Canó (204) and Dave Winfield (205).
Orioles:Dylan Bundy will take the mound on Saturday afternoon when the O's and Yankees continue their weekend series, with first pitch set for 1:05 ET. The rookie right-hander bounced back from the worst start of his young career Monday, when he held the Nationals to two runs over six innings. Bundy's 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA over five starts in August.
Yankees Right-hander Chad Green (2-3, 3.66 ERA) will make his seventh career start on Saturday against the Orioles, having permitted one earned run over 12 innings in his last two starts. Green is one outing removed from an 11-strikeout gem against the Blue Jays on Aug. 15 at Yankee Stadium.
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