NEW YORK—The conditions were deplorable. Rain fell throughout the day, but Major League Baseball was determined to play on Friday night, and the Orioles didn’t let the awful weather deter them as they moved a step closer to the postseason.
With their 8-1 win over the New York Yankees before 33,955 at Yankee Stadium, the Orioles reduced their magic number to two for clinching a postseason spot.
Toronto, which began the game tied with the Orioles (88-72) for the top wild-card spot, was playing at Boston, and Detroit, trailing by 1 ½ games was at Atlanta.
After three hitless innings by both teams, Chris Davis singled with two outs in the fourth. J.J. Hardy followed with a single, and Jonathan Schoop doubled to score two runs off Michael Pineda (6-12).
Adam Jones led off the fifth with a long home run to left field, his 29th. Hyun Soo Kim had an infield single, and after Manny Machado fouled out, Mark Trumbo hit his 47th home run to left, and the Orioles led 5-1, and Pineda was done.
James Pazos struck out Matt Wieters. Davis doubled, and Hardy walked. Jonathan Schoop hit his 25th home run of the year, a three-run homer and tied his career high with five RBIs.
Yovani Gallardo didn’t allow a hit until the fourth when Brian McCann singled with one out. Mark Teixeira’s fly ball scored Gary Sanchez with the only run for New York (83-77).
Gallardo (6-8) gave up a leadoff single to Aaron Hicks in the fifth. In six innings, he allowed one run on two hits.
It was a quantum leap from his last start here on Aug. 26 when Gallardo recorded just four outs and allowed eight runs, seven earned.
Brian Duensing pitched a spotless seventh, and Darren O’Day had a 1-2-3 eighth, and Tyler Wilson worked the ninth.
NOTES: The Orioles are the 12th team in major league Trumbo’s 47th home run ties Chris Davis (2015) for the fourth most home runs in team history. … Wade Miley (9-13, 5.40) faces Luis Severino (3-8, 5.75) on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. The six runs in the fifth were the most the Orioles scored in the fifth inning this season. … The three home run inning was the Orioles’ 10th this season, most in the majors.
The first game of the Nationals series against the Marlins started late after a nearly two-hour-long rain delay. However, before the first pitch, the Nats played a tribute to Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, whose recent death has left the entire MLB community in shock.
A video tweeted by @masnNationals shows both teams standing on the field, while the clips of Fernandez play on the video board in center field.
The Marlins twitter also shared a video of the pre-game tribute.
Gio Gonzalez, who was good friends with Fernandez and attended his funeral on Thursday, is seen with tears in his eyes, waving his hat toward the sky. Gonzalez also hung a Fernandez jersey in the Nationals' dugout prior to the game.
The Diamondbacks left a message for the Marlins in the visitor's clubhouse at Nationals Park before leaving town Thursday.
Fernandez's death is reaching even further than baseball. The Miami Hurricanes tweeted a picture of decals they added to their helmets for their game tomorrow against Georgia Tech.
It is clear that although Jose may be gone, he will always be rememered by the entire sports community.