Gardner's triple lifts Yankees over Orioles 4-2
Sunday, July 31, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) -- Brett Gardner hit a bases-loaded triple and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Sunday.
Freddy Garcia (10-7) struck out six in six innings and allowed two runs on five hits to send the Yankees 22 games over .500, their highest point of the season.
Derek Jeter left after getting hit by a pitch, but X-rays only showed a bruised right middle finger.
New York, which hadn't announced any deals by the time the non-waiver trade deadline passed at 4 p.m., improved its major league best record in day games to 31-7 and won for the 20th time in its last 26 home games.
Yankees reliever David Robertson struck out the side in the eighth and pitched 1 1-3 innings of perfect relief overall before Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 31 chances.