NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees set a franchise record for runs in the first inning, scoring 12 times against Baltimore in the second game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.
Nick Swisher homered and drove in three, following up his big game in the opener. Robinson Cano had a pair of RBI singles and the Yankees sent 16 batters to the plate in an offensive outburst that lasted 40 minutes.READ MORE: 'The School Shouldn't Be Open Right Now': Parents React To COVID-19 Outbreak At Cherry Hill Elementary Middle School
New York banged out 10 hits in its biggest inning since a 13-run eighth on June 21, 2005, against Tampa Bay.
A two-run single by Derek Jeter in his second at-bat chased Orioles starter Zach Britton, recalled from Double-A Bowie before the game. Britton got only one out, throwing a called third strike past Jeter to start the inning.
Mark Teixeira hit a two-run double off reliever Jason Berken, and Swisher added a two-run homer to cap the scoring.
After a walk to Andruw Jones, Berken finally ended the frenzy when Russell Martin grounded into a force play on the 70th pitch of the inning.
Baltimore helped the Yankees with a pair of errors, including a costly one by shortstop J.J. Hardy. Six of the 12 runs were unearned.
Britton, 23, left trailing 7-0 and was ultimately charged with nine runs, six earned, and seven hits. He also walked a batter.
Believe it or not, his previous big league start was nearly as bad. The highly touted left-hander got just two outs on July 8 at Boston, where he was roughed up for eight runs — seven earned — and six hits in a 10-3 loss.READ MORE: Almost 9,000 Vaccinated Marylanders Get Additional Shots Since Approval of Pfizer Booster
After that game, his third straight loss, he was sent down to Double-A, where he stayed for three weeks.
Britton began the night 6-7 with a 4.05 ERA in 18 major league outings this season. He allowed only one run over his first two starts spanning 13 2/3 innings.
Even after their big first inning, the Yankees weren’t done.
Eduardo Nunez hit a leadoff triple in the second and Cano capped a three-run inning with a two-run double.
Jones, who hit an RBI double off the top of the left-center fence in the first, added a leadoff homer in the third against
Berken to make it 16-1.
Cano had four RBIs in the first two innings and four hits by the fourth.
New York won the opener 8-3, improving to a major league-best 30-7 in day games.MORE NEWS: 'We're The Cure To This Situation': 9 Killed, 13 Wounded In Baltimore Over The Past Week
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