NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Santander delivered a dart from right field, a game-saver to home plate for the Orioles.
He might not have had the chance if Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres had gotten a routine throw across the diamond an inning earlier.
Santander threw out Gio Urshela trying to score on a fly ball in the 11th, moments after pinch-hitter Chance Sisco’s go-ahead single in the top half, and Baltimore beat the New York Yankees 4-3 Wednesday night.
Brett Gardner bunted Urshela, the automatic runner, to third to open the inning. DJ LeMahieu then ripped a liner to right. Santander set himself, caught it and delivered a perfect throw home, a couple steps ahead of Urshela, who slid face first into catcher Pedro Severino’s tag.
“Well, he hit the ball to the right guy,” O’s manager Brandon Hyde said.
It was the second laser home from Santander in the game, but he came up just short trying to get Tyler Wade in the 10th. Santander also homered in the fifth.
Baltimore did not make Santander available to reporters after the game.
Wade’s run might have been the winner if not for Torres’ blunder in the top of the 10th. The 24-year-old skipped a throw past first baseman Jay Bruce on a two-out grounder by the slow-footed Severino, allowing Santander to score from third.
Torres has two errors this season after tying for the AL lead among shortstops with nine last year. He took over the position in 2020 after Didi Gregorius became a free agent.
“I think the important thing is to continue to reinforce a lot of the good things, a lot of the progress that he legitimately has made,” manager Aaron Boone said, adding “he has all the capabilities to be able to go out there and do it.
“You have a high-profile miscue or something, you have to be able to work past that.”