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Gentry plays extra-innings hero as O’s top Yankees

April 09, 2018 - 4:02 pm

By Joe Schiller

Craig Gentry may not be a household name but he’s quickly becoming a staple for the Baltimore Orioles. He proved to be the unsung hero on both sides of the ball Sunday afternoon against the New York Yankees as the Orioles prevailed 8-7 in extra-innings for their first series win of the 2018 season.

Coming off a stellar five-inning performance against the Houston Astros last week, Mike Wright Jr. failed to establish command at the mound. He lasted just 39 pitches in the first inning as the Yankees scored five runs on five hits to take a commanding 5-0 lead.

The Orioles responded and slowly chipped away at the lead thanks to the bats of Anthony Santander, Tim Beckham, and Danny Valencia. It was until the top of the seventh-inning that Baltimore truly found life on the scoreboard.

On a 3-0 count, Santander was given the green light and crushed his first career home run to give the Orioles a 7-6 lead.

The lead was short-lived as Andrew Romine answered a half-inning later with an RBI single to tie the game back up at 7-7.

For the second time during the series, the two sides found themselves in extra-innings and it was the Orioles that inched out the win again. This time, it was Gentry's bat. 

Two innings after making a game-saving catch in left field, Gentry drove in Pedro Alvarez on the game-winning single to cap off the series win.

The Orioles head back home with a boost of momentum as they host the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series tonight.