Gardner, Holliday slug Yanks past Orioles

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New York Yankees takes on Baltimore Orioles in the first of three-game series today. A walk and a wild pitch put runners in scoring position, but Tillman minimized the damage with a groundout from Gardner and pop-out by Gary Sanchez. The Astros scored a season high in runs and knocked a season-high 18 hits.

That was Gardner's eighth career homer to lead off a game and his second this season - both against Baltimore (26-24).

Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday are going head-to-head in a good-natured home run derby, and the big victor appears to be the first-place New York Yankees.

Hunter Renfroe hit a fourth-inning grand slam, and five San Diego pitchers combined on an unusual three-hitter as the Padres handed Chicago a fourth straight loss.

Matt Adams and Danny Santana had two-run hits in a six-run third inning, and Julio Teheran survived three solo home runs as Atlanta beat Los Angeles. With one out in the top of the first, DH Matt Holliday jacked one to left for the second home run of the inning and a 2-0 lead.

Singles by Chris Davis, Trey Mancini and Joey Rickard loaded the bases in the second with two outs.

Jose Altuve and Marwin Gonzalez also had three hits apiece, and Alex Bregman added a two-run homer for Houston, which has won seven of its past eight games and leads the majors with 36 victories and 16 road wins.

Rookie Bradley Zimmer had a career-high four RBIs for the Indians, hitting a two-run double in the fourth and a two-run homer in the eighth.

"I still like the way we're playing, " Girardi said of being in the hunt in so many of their games, such as Monday's 3-2 loss.

For his part, Verrett pitched three innings and gave up three runs, on five hits, walking one and striking out three. He also reached base with a walk in his final plate appearance.

"I think there's a confidence in this room we can come back from anything", reliever Darren O'Day said. He struck out the side in the first, fifth, sixth and seventh innings. He managed to get JJ Hardy to whiff on three consecutive sliders, however, to escape the inning unscathed.

O'Day worked a ideal eighth and Brad Brach got three straight outs for his 10th save in 13 tries.

The Yankees' bullpen has been struggling as of late, running an ERA greater than five over the past 14 days, and those struggles continued. The right-hander followed up with 6.1 sharp innings, yielding just a run on seven hits and one walk. Clippard retired the four batters he faced in the eighth and ninth.

Severino was coming off a gem, tossing eight scoreless innings against the Royals last Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. On Tuesday, the Yankees cruised to an 8-3 win.

Seven strong innings by Carlos Carrasco, and home runs by Austin Jackson, Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion lifted Cleveland over Oakland. The O's mustered only one hit, a fifth inning single to left by Rick Dempsey, and Jim Palmer pitched 8.1 innings.

He'll face off with Kevin Gausman, with a chance to give NY a nice series win to start off this road trip.

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