John Ryan Murphy’s two-run double in the fifth gave the Yankees a win over the Orioles

John Ryan Murphy at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

John Ryan Murphy at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

The Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, at Camden Yards on Sunday afternoon. They avoided a sweep as they had lost the previous two games in the series.

The Yankees (34-28) are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East. The Toronto Blue Jays, who are on an 11-game winning streak, are now only a game behind the Yankees and Rays.

Adam Warren allowed three runs, three walks and six hits in 4.2 innings, but he was able to rebound from allowing two runs in the first inning. After Nolan Reimold hit a single that drove in Manny Machado and Adam Jones in the first, Warren went onto retire the next eight batters that he faced.

Warren’s 4.2 innings were the fewest he had pitched over his last six starts. He had also allowed two runs or less in each of his last four starts, which proves how much he had dominated before this start. (This could be his last start in the rotation because Ivan Nova will be ready to come off the DL and he is needed more in the bullpen.)

However, he was able to keep the team in the game even though he didn’t have his best stuff.

“I think just collect yourself and get back to your mechanics,” Warren said in reference to how he bounced back after Reimold’s two RBI single. “I just want to focus on my next side (session) and get better from there.”

John Ryan Murphy hit a 2-run double off of Manny Machado’s glove with two outs in the fifth to give the Yankees a 5-3 lead. Didi Gregorius and Stephen Drew had previously struck out with the bases loaded after Garrett Jones’s bases loaded walk against Brian Matusz, who was pitching in relief of starter Mike Wright.

“Nothing has changed,” Murphy said, who improved his average from .208 to .250 with his three hits. “I got into a good count, 2-0, and he gave me a good pitch to hit.”

In the first inning, Mark Teixeira doubled to left to score Brett Gardner for the team’s first run of the game. In the second, Gardner hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Gregorius.

However, the Yankees should have scored more in the second as they had the bases loaded with no outs. Murphy came through in the clutch for the Yankees as they were 1-11 with runners in scoring position not including his two-run double. Gregorius was 0-3 with RISP, rookie Mason Williams was 0-2 with RISP and the team combined to leave 10 men on base.

After not performing well the past three games, the bullpen pitched 4.1 no hit innings in relief of Warren. Chasen Shreve, who got his third win of the season, pitched 1.1 innings to lower his ERA to an impressive 2.05. Justin Wilson, who picked up his ninth hold of the season, had three strikeouts and has now not allowed a run in his last nine appearances (9.0 innings). Wilson and Shreve will likely primarily combine to pitch the eighth inning while Andrew Miller in on the disabled list.

Dellin Betances had a strikeout in the ninth (55th strikeout in his 33.1 innings) inning on the way to recording his third save of the season and first as the closer while Miller is on the DL. He has been the best relief pitcher in the league as he has allowed one earned run (0.27 ERA) and has a 0.78 WHIP.

“Today was one of those days that Justin Wilson wasn’t going to get hit no matter who was at-bat, and (Dellin) Betances did more of the same,” Murphy added.

All three Yankees struck out in the sixth. Alex Rodriguez, who struck out to end the inning, is only five hits away from being the 29th baseball player with 3,000 hits. He will likely either hit his 3,000th hit in their upcoming two-game series against the Marlins in Miami (where he grew up) or when they play a two-game series against the Marlins and then a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers from June 17-21 at Yankee Stadium.

He also became the second player on record to drive in 2,000 runs (2,001) after his two-run homer on Saturday.  That homer during Saturday’s loss was his 666th of his career.

Major League Baseball’s official statistician is the Elias Sports Bureau. They only started keeping track of RBIs as a statistic in 1920, otherwise Babe Ruth (2,214) and Cap Anson (2,075) would also officially be in the 2,000 hit club.

Monday’s game starts at 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park, and Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for the first time against the Marlins.

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