NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 47th home run, Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones also went deep in a six-run fifth inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 8-1 in steady rain Friday night to maintain their AL wild-card lead.
Baltimore began the night tied with Toronto for the AL’s two wild cards at 87-72, with Detroit 1 1/2 games back and Seattle trailing the Tigers by a half-game.
Trumbo and Jones homered off Michael Pineda (6-12), who started with 3 2/3 hitless innings and suddenly became ineffective.
Schoop tied his career high with five RBIs, hitting a go-ahead, two-run double in the fourth and adding a three-run homer in the fifth against James Pazos — Baltimore’s big league-high 250th home run this season.
Yovani Gallardo (6-8) won for just the second time in nine starts since Aug. 5, allowing two hits, three walks and Mark Teixeira’s sacrifice fly in six innings.
Eliminated on Thursday, New York rested two regulars and pulled four others by the sixth inning.
There were maybe 1,000 people in the seats among the announced crowd of 33,955 when the game began, and there was standing water on the warning track. Only about 200 stayed in the seats for the final out.
Yankees second baseman Ronald Torreyes, center fielder Eric Young Jr. and first baseman Tyler Austin slipped to the turf while attempting to field balls. Third baseman Chase Headley splashed into a puddle in front of Baltimore’s dugout chasing a foul popup and Torreyes, having moved to shortstop, snagged Chris Davis’ wind-blown seventh-inning pop about 10 feet from home plate.
Jones’ 29th homer and Trumbo’s shot both landed in the left field second deck. Schoop doubled high off the right field wall and into the first deck in left. He also had five RBIs on May 14 against Detroit.
Pineda allowed five runs, six hits, two homers and three walks in 4 1/3 innings, finishing with a 4.82 ERA. As Trumbo circled the bases, Pineda took off his cap and scratched his head.
Pineda leads in the AL with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings but his ERA is 68th among 76 qualifying pitchers in the major leagues.
“It’s mind-boggling,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the game. “It just doesn’t make sense. And you look for reasons, and believe me, we’ll look, and I’m sure we’ll look a long time this winter.”
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister presented a signed guitar to Teixeira during a pregame ceremony. Teixeira, who is retiring Sunday, uses the band’s “I Wanna Rock” as his walkup music.
Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference for the 12th time — the 39th among all big league batters this year. … Matt Wieters’ first-inning strikeout was the team-record 1,371st for Yankees pitchers.
IN THE DEEP OF THE NIGHT
Baltimore didn’t arrive at its hotel until 4 a.m. following its flight from Toronto. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the team was delayed for 2 hours at the airport before departing.
“We really don’t have any idea why. Couldn’t seem to get the luggage and the equipment on the plane. They held our equipment people at the gate forever.”
The Blue Jays headed to Boston to finish their schedule.
“No conspiracies. I’m sure the Toronto Blue Jays had the same issue,” Showalter said. “Mostly American stuff coming back in on the USA side. But it was a mess. I didn’t think we’d ever get here.”
Yankees: RHP James Kaprielian allowed an unearned run, struck out four, walked two and hit a batter over two innings in an instructional league game against Toronto, the first game for the 2015 first-round draft pick since April 21 with Class A Tampa. He was sidelined by an elbow flexor strain. Jorge Mateo started in center. He played shortstop and second for Tampa during the season.
Yankees: 2B Starlin Castro sat on the wet night because of his tender hamstring and LF Brett Gardner was kept out.
LHP Wade Miley (9-13) is scheduled to start for Baltimore on Saturday, when rain again is forecast. RHP Luis Severino (3-8) is slated to start for New York in place of Masahiro Tanaka (14-4), who missed his previous turn with a right forearm strain. Tanaka finished with 199 2/3 innings.
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