If Alfonso Soriano continues to rake the way he has, he will go down among the best trade deadline pickups in New York Yankees history. Soriano had his fourth multi-homer game since being re-acquired by the Yankees, as the Yankees came back and earned a 7-5 victory against the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees are now two games behind the Rays for the second wild card spot, .5 game behind the Orioles and one game behind the Cleveland Indians.
The game remained that way until the fifth. J.J. Hardy and Brian Roberts singled. Henry Urrutia reached on an infield single and a throwing error by Eduardo Nunez allowed Roberts to go to third. Nick Markakis hit a sac fly to give the O’s the lead. Two batters later Chris Davis hit his 49th homer of the year to make it 4-1.
The Yankees responded in the top of the sixth. Soriano would hit 31st homer of the year and Mark Reynolds would follow two batters later with his 18th to cut it to 4-3.
The Yanks broke through in the eighth off Kevin Gausman. Rodriguez led off with his second double of the game. Robinson Cano drove him home with a single to tie the game. Soriano followed with his second homer of the game. Francisco Rodriguez entered and gave up back to back doubles to Curtis Granderson and Reynolds for another run.
The Orioles got one of the runs back in the eighth when Davis walked, went to second and third on wild pitches and scored on a Matt Wieters sac fly.
YGY Player Of The Game: Soriano
Notes: Austin Romine left the game after taking a foul ball to the face mask. Boone Logan‘s MRI was sent to Dr. James Andrews. Left handed reliever Mike Zagurski was added to the roster and Travis Hafner was transferred to the 60-day DL. David Robertson threw 11 pitches in a bullpen session and may be available tomorrow.