NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Recently acquired Anthony Rizzo homered again, DJ LeMahieu drove in four runs and the New York Yankees cruised to a 10-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
Rizzo’s solo homer in the fourth inning made him the first player in Yankees history with at least one RBI in each of his first six games with the club.
Rizzo became just the fourth player in the majors over the last 70 years to do it — Bobby Murcer drove in a run in his first seven games with the Chicago Cubs in 1977 and Jimmy Wynn (Dodgers, 1974) and Jim Spencer (Texas, 1973) did it six in a row, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
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Sent from the Cubs to the Yankees last Thursday, a day before the trade deadline, Rizzo hit his 17th home run of the season and third for the Yankees. He has six homers in his last 10 games overall.
LeMahieu had three hits and Giancarlo Stanton drove in three runs for the Yankees, who routed the Orioles 13-1 on Tuesday.
At 58-49 the Yankees matched their season high of nine games over .500, set May 23 when they were 28-19.
Jonathan Loaisiga (8-4) got two outs for the win. Yankees starter Jameson Taillon struck out 10 in 6 1/3 innings.
Ryan Mountcastle hit his 19th homer and a sacrifice fly to put Baltimore ahead 3-0 in the fourth.
Orioles starter Matt Harvey extended his scoreless-inning streak to over 21 innings before Rizzo homered. He allowed two runs and three hits in four innings.
It was 3-all when the Yankees scored five times in the seventh. Cole Sulser (3-2) walked the first two batters in the inning before he was pulled for Paul Fry.
LeMahieu then hit a grounder that went through Fry’s legs and glanced off the glove of diving second baseman Ramón Urías for a single, scoring pinch-runner Jonathan Davis with the go-ahead run.
After Rizzo flied out, reliever Dillon Tate struck out Aaron Judge and walked Joey Gallo to load the bases. Stanton lofted a flyball to shallow right field that was out of the reach of Mountcastle, the first baseman, allowing all three runs to score to extend the lead 7-3.
Orioles: Baltimore purchased the contract of RHP Marcos Diplán from Triple-A Norfolk. … RHP Dusten Knight also had his contract purchased from Norfolk. … RHP Shaun Saunders and INF Domingo Leyba were designated for assignment.
Yankees: OF Jonathan Davis, who was picked up on waivers from Toronto, was added to the roster.
TAKING HIS TIME
While the Yankees have two starting spots open this weekend, one of them will not be held for Luis Severino, who on Tuesday night made his third minor league rehabilitation start as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery on right elbow. Severino went 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and two hits while walking one and striking out four.
Severino will continue to build up arm strength. Prior to Tuesday’s outing for Double-A Somerset, Severino had been sidelined since June 12 after suffering a strained right groin.
“An encouraging step for Sevy,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
“We don’t want to feel like we’re rushing him back for a guy that hasn’t pitched in the big leagues for close to 20-plus months. You don’t want to take him out of his rehab assignment – essentially his spring training – early.”
Orioles: LHP John Means (5-3, 2.84) will be on the mound for Baltimore on Friday against Tampa Bay.
Yankees: LHP Nestor Cortes Jr. (0-0, 1.93) starts for New York on Thursday to open a four-game series against Seattle.
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