Rookie Miguel Gonzalez struck out a career-high nine batters in seven shutout innings and Mark Reynolds hit two home runs as the Baltimore Orioles beat the American League East-leading New York Yankees 6-1 in a Major League Baseball game.
Gonzalez (6-3) allowed four hits and walked one for the Orioles, who improved to 73-58 to move within two games of the Yankees (75-56) in the AL East. Baltimore is tied in the AL wild card race with the Oakland Athletics, who defeated the Boston Red Sox 20-2.
“I think the adrenaline gets me going, helps me out,” Gonzalez told reporters. “I just like pitching against a good offensive team, I guess.”
The 28-year-old right-hander threw 66 of his 97 pitches for strikes.
“He was just filling up the strike zone,” Yankee first baseman Nick Swisher said. “He’s kind of a shorter guy, kind of throws it right out of his ear. You’ve just got to give him credit, man. He shut us down tonight.”
Reynolds, who drove in three runs on two homers, broke a stretch of 38 at-bats without a home run last night at Yankee Stadium. J.J. Hardy added a solo homer in the sixth inning.
“Keep doubting, we don’t care,” Reynolds said. “We’re coming in, doing our jobs and doing the little things to win baseball games.”
Curtis Granderson hit his 34th home run of the season in the ninth inning for the Yankees only score in the first of the three-game series.
Hiroki Kuroda (12-10) took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits over 8 1/3 innings.
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