Anthony Santander delivered a dart from right field, a game-saver to home plate for the Baltimore Orioles.
He might not have had the chance if New York 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 Orioles pinch-hitter Chance Sisco hit a go-ahead single in the top half, and Baltimore beat the host Yankees, 4-3, on 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,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde.
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.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was held out of New York’s lineup night with soreness in his left side. Judge had a homer, three hits and four RBIs in a 7-2 win over Baltimore on Tuesday night. New York has a day off Thursday, giving the right fielder a chance to rest on consecutive days.
The postponed season-opening series between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets was rescheduled Wednesday, with two of the games moved to June and the other to September.
A coronavirus outbreak on the Nationals prompted Major League Baseball to scrap the games originally slated to be played in Washington on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of last week.
Instead, MLB announced one game will be part of a split doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. on June 19; another will be at 7:05 p.m. on June 28, which had been an off day for both teams; and the last will be Sept. 4 as part of a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m.
Blue Jays extend GM Atkins
Toronto general manager Ross Atkins agreed to a five-year contract extension through the 2026 season. The Blue Jays Atkins in December 2015 after 15 seasons in the front office with the Cleveland Indians.
“Simply put, Ross makes the Blue Jays better,” team president and CEO Mark Shapiro said. “I am extremely pleased that he will continue leading our baseball operations group during this exciting era for our players, staff, and most importantly, our fans, as we move closer to building a sustainable championship contender for years to come.”
Moreland lifts A’s to victory
Mitch Moreland hit an RBI single off Jimmy Nelson (0-1) with one out in the 10th, and the Athletics got their first win in a 4-3 victory over the visiting Dodgers after coming within one loss of what would have been its first 0-7 start. Oakland tied it in the ninth off Kenley Jansen when Matt Chapman scored on Elvis Andrus’ sacrifice fly. Chapman also hit a solo homer earlier in the game . . . José Ramírez’s second two-run homer of the game snapped a tie in the eighth against Greg Holland (0-1). Shane Bieber struck out 12 for the second straight game, allowing two runs and three hits in 6 innings in Cleveland’s 4-2 victory over the visiting Royals . . . Lorenzo Cain hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot in the 10th off Brandon Workman (0-1) in the Brewers’ 4-2 win over the host Cubs. Cain also hit a solo homer in the eighth. Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff had a no-hit bid going until Ian Happ led off the seventh with a clean single . . . Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer and Dylan Carlson added a grand slam as St. Louis finished a three-game sweep that dropped the host Marlins to 1-5 for the first time since 2015 . . . Pablo Sandoval, 34, hit his second pinch-hit homer in a week, lifting the Braves to a 2-0 victory over the Washinigton Nationals for a doubleheader sweep . . . Tigers’ rookie outfielder Akil Baddoo hit an RBI triple and threw a runner out from left field — another impressive day in his stellar start to his big league career in a 3-2 win over the Twins in Detroit.