BALTIMORE (AP) — Yankees reliever Clay Holmes threw a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning that let the tying run score, then Austin Hays chopped an RBI single in the 10th that lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-2 win Thursday night, dropping New York back in the AL wild-card race.
The Yankees fell a half-game behind idle Toronto and Boston atop the AL wild-card standings. New York had won three in a row.
“We’ve had a lot that have stung a lot at different times throughout the course of the year,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “This certainly falls into that category, but we have to get over it. We have too important of a game tomorrow.”
Working on a wet night, Holmes was one strike away from his first career save when his high and outside fastball got past catcher Gary Sánchez, allowing pinch-runner Kelvin Gutierrez to streak home from third base with two outs. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman had pitched the previous three days.
“It’s definitely not ideal, but we’re all playing the same game in it and you have to learn how to adjust and make pitches and do your job,” Holmes said of the conditions.
Ryan Mountcastle homered for Baltimore, which snapped a five-game skid and avoided its 100th loss of the season. The Orioles improved to 12-22 in one-run games.
“We haven’t caught a ton of breaks, and we feel like we got one tonight,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.
Jahmai Jones, pinch-running for automatic runner Austin Wynns, moved to third on Richie Martin’s leadoff bunt single against Wandy Peralta (5-4) in the 10th. After Cedric Mullins walked and Mountcastle struck out, Hays grounded a single to left over a drawn-in infield to win it.
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