Mark Reynolds hits two homers as Orioles top Yankees


Mark Reynolds of the Baltimore Orioles launches a go-ahead three-run home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. (Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press)
September 2, 2012

Throughout Mark Reynolds’ season-long struggles, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter has stood in support of his first baseman, waiting for a moment he believed would come.

At some point, he’s going to make someone pay, Showalter argued.

And Reynolds picked the perfect time — and the perfect place — to put on his best performance of the season, making the New York Yankees pay in the Bronx.

Reynolds recorded his second two-homer game this series, driving in four runs to lead the Orioles to an 8-3 win over the Yankees in front of an announced crowd of 46,501.

With the win, the Orioles (74-59) won all three series at Yankee Stadium for just the fifth time in franchise history and the first time since 1976. The O’s outscored the Yankees 49-32 in nine games this season at Yankee Stadium.

The O’s also cut the Yankees’ lead in the AL East to two games, while remaining in one of the two wild-card spots.

Reynolds, who now has 16 homers on the season, has hit half of his blasts since Aug. 6. In that 23-game span, Reynolds is hitting .320 with 13 extra-base hits, 14 runs, 16 RBI and 16 walks. In the three-game series against the Yankees (76-57), he reached base seven times in 13 plate appearances.

The Orioles overcame the forced early exit of right-handed starter Chris Tillman, who left the game after three innings with right elbow stiffness. But newly acquired veteran left-hander Randy Wolf came on in the fourth and allowed just one run over 31 / 3 innings in his Orioles debut.

Tillman, who had won six of his past seven decisions, struggled with his command early . He fell behind 2-0 in the second inning after a walk was followed by a two-run homer by Chris Dickerson, who was making his first start of the season in place of injured center fielder Curtis Granderson.

With the Orioles trailing 4-3 in the sixth, Reynolds launched an 0-1 curveball from Phil Hughes into the left-field bleachers for a three-run homer that silenced the home crowd and gave the Orioles a 5-3 lead.

Reynolds’ first homer came in the fifth, a mammoth solo shot to left that landed about 20 rows deep into the outfield bleachers.

— Baltimore Sun

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