Bird's slam, Gray's pitching carry Yankees past Orioles 9-0

BALTIMORE (AP) After spending three days at Camden Yards, Greg Bird and Sonny Gray left town feeling a whole lot better than when they arrived.

Bird hit his first career grand slam to back a dominating pitching performance by Gray, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 Wednesday night for a split of the four-game series.

Facing Dylan Bundy (6-9) in the third inning, Bird launched a drive off the right-field foul pole to put New York up 5-0. It was the second night in a row he homered and had four RBIs.

The big first baseman came to Baltimore with nine RBIs, and doubled that total during this series.

''Him playing well is a big deal for us,'' manager Aaron Boone said. ''Hopefully we're starting to see him get settled in and having some impact at bats.''

Gray (6-7) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out eight over six innings. The right-hander had lost three straight starts, the last two in which he gave up a collective 11 runs over 4 1/3 innings.

Facing the last-place Orioles couldn't have come at a better time for Gray. He's 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA against Baltimore and 3-7 with a 6.32 ERA against everyone else.

''When you're going through some things, I think it's important to get back to your strengths,'' Gray said. ''My two-seam and my curveball have always been something I've been able to rely on throughout my career, going back to college. I think to simplify things and go back to your strengths, that's all we tried to do today.''

It worked quite well.

''Sonny Gray is too good a pitcher to stay where he was all year, and I think he made some adjustments,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''He looked physically strong tonight.''

The victory enabled the Yankees to improve to 5-5 against the Orioles this season. In this series, Baltimore won 5-4 and 6-5, and New York's wins were by a total of 17 runs.

Rookie Tyler Wade and Austin Romine also homered for the Yankees, and Giancarlo Stanton had four hits.

In the pivotal third inning, Stanton singled in a run before Bird ended a nine-pitch at-bat by pulling a curveball down the line.

''I feel like gradually it's coming,'' Bird said. ''I can feel it on a swing here and there, and it's just been better and more consistent.''

Wade went deep in the sixth, and Romine connected in the seventh. Wade's long ball, his first in the big leagues, came on his 100th at-bat.

New York has 154 home runs this season, a major league record before the All-Star break. The Yankees have played 91 games; the 1999 Seattle Mariners hit 151 in 87 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: Boone said LHP Aroldis Chapman (left knee) is ''good to go.'' Chapman has not pitched since leaving in the ninth inning Saturday at Toronto. ... C Gary Sanchez, on the disabled list since June 25 with a right groin strain, ran and did catching work Wednesday. ''I would say he's getting closer,'' Boone said.

Orioles: RHP Andrew Cashner was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a neck strain. He's not expected to miss more than one start. ... RHP Chris Tillman (back) is slated to conclude his rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Norfolk, although manager Buck Showalter floated the idea of starting him in place of Cashner vs. Texas on Sunday.

MOVING PIECES

Manny Machado insists he's a shortstop. But if he gets traded by the Orioles to the Yankees before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline - one of the many rumors out there - New York could ask him to play 3B next to Didi Gregorius. So where does that leave Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar? ''Those are things I have no control over,'' Andujar said through an interpreter. ''I don't pay attention to that stuff.'' Neither does Boone, who said, ''When you're in a pennant chase, there's going to be stories that are real, fake, everything.''

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (14-2, 2.12 ERA) seeks to add to his major league-leading win total Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series in Cleveland.

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (4-6, 4.11) starts against Philadelphia on Thursday night at Camden Yards in the makeup game of a May 15 rainout.

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  • W: S. Gray (6-7)L: D. Bundy (6-9)
  • HR: NYY - A. Romine (6), G. Bird (7), T. Wade (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF30000203.254.349.388.7374.0
C. Frazier LF11100000.265.375.353.7282.0
A. Judge DH41100213.281.399.558.9573.5
D. Gregorius SS62100005.260.322.460.7824.0
G. Stanton RF51420111.276.348.518.8667.5
A. Hicks CF51000105.254.352.504.8562.0
G. Bird 1B41141111.208.324.440.7649.5
M. Andujar 3B40100103.279.313.495.8082.0
A. Romine C51211016.281.346.509.8556.5
K. Higashioka C00000000.208.296.625.9210.0
T. Wade 2B51311010.159.213.295.5088.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Beckham 3B-SS40000021.209.263.291.553-1.0
    A. Jones CF40000013.278.303.427.730-0.5
    T. Mancini LF00000000.220.296.362.6570.0
    M. Machado SS40100002.314.383.573.9572.0
    J. Peterson 3B00000000.192.312.323.6350.0
    M. Trumbo DH40000022.250.313.459.772-1.0
    J. Schoop 2B40100020.228.265.397.6611.0
    C. Davis 1B30000120.158.234.281.5140.0
    D. Valencia RF30000022.249.310.424.734-1.0
    J. Rickard LF-CF30100012.214.280.388.6680.5
    C. Joseph C30200000.198.229.317.5462.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Gregorius (18), T. Wade (3)
      • HR - G. Bird (7), A. Romine (6), T. Wade
      • RBI - G. Stanton 2 (54), G. Bird 4 (18), A. Romine (24), T. Wade (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Stanton 2 (26), G. Bird 4 (8), A. Romine (10)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Machado (21), J. Schoop (17)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Gardner (9)
      FIELDING
      • PB - A. Romine
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Hart
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray (W, 6-7)6.03001805.461.5128.0
      A. Cole2.02000204.971.345.0
      C. Shreve1.00000204.831.484.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray (W, 6-7)6.0
      A. Cole2.0
      C. Shreve1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Bundy (L, 6-9)4.05554314.351.31-5.5
      M. Wright1.13111014.961.69-2.0
      J. Marinez2.04211114.502.500.5
      D. Hart1.22112104.002.00-1.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Bundy (L, 6-9)4.0
      M. Wright1.1
      J. Marinez2.0
      D. Hart1.2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 90-58, A. Cole 25-17, C. Shreve 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 6-4, A. Cole 2-2, C. Shreve 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 22, A. Cole 8, C. Shreve 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 91-57, M. Wright 39-22, J. Marinez 43-25, D. Hart 37-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 2-7, M. Wright 1-3, J. Marinez 3-2, D. Hart 3-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 21, M. Wright 8, J. Marinez 11, D. Hart 10
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      B. Gardner LF30000203.254.349.388.7374.0
      C. Frazier LF11100000.265.375.353.7282.0
      A. Judge DH41100213.281.399.558.9573.5
      D. Gregorius SS62100005.260.322.460.7824.0
      G. Stanton RF51420111.276.348.518.8667.5
      A. Hicks CF51000105.254.352.504.8562.0
      G. Bird 1B41141111.208.324.440.7649.5
      M. Andujar 3B40100103.279.313.495.8082.0
      A. Romine C51211016.281.346.509.8556.5
      K. Higashioka C00000000.208.296.625.9210.0
      T. Wade 2B51311010.159.213.295.5088.5
      Total42914838527-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        T. Beckham 3B-SS40000021.209.263.291.553-1.0
        A. Jones CF40000013.278.303.427.730-0.5
        T. Mancini LF00000000.220.296.362.6570.0
        M. Machado SS40100002.314.383.573.9572.0
        J. Peterson 3B00000000.192.312.323.6350.0
        M. Trumbo DH40000022.250.313.459.772-1.0
        J. Schoop 2B40100020.228.265.397.6611.0
        C. Davis 1B30000120.158.234.281.5140.0
        D. Valencia RF30000022.249.310.424.734-1.0
        J. Rickard LF-CF30100012.214.280.388.6680.5
        C. Joseph C30200000.198.229.317.5462.0
        Total32050011212-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Gregorius (18), T. Wade (3)
          • HR - G. Bird (7), A. Romine (6), T. Wade
          • RBI - G. Stanton 2 (54), G. Bird 4 (18), A. Romine (24), T. Wade (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Stanton 2 (26), G. Bird 4 (8), A. Romine (10)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Machado (21), J. Schoop (17)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Gardner (9)
          FIELDING
          • PB - A. Romine
          FIELDING
          • E - D. Hart
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Gray (W, 6-7)6.03001805.461.5128.0
          A. Cole2.02000204.971.345.0
          C. Shreve1.00000204.831.484.0
          Total9.05001120---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Gray (W, 6-7)6.0
          A. Cole2.0
          C. Shreve1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Bundy (L, 6-9)4.05554314.351.31-5.5
          M. Wright1.13111014.961.69-2.0
          J. Marinez2.04211114.502.500.5
          D. Hart1.22112104.002.00-1.5
          Total9.01498853---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Bundy (L, 6-9)4.0
          M. Wright1.1
          J. Marinez2.0
          D. Hart1.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 90-58, A. Cole 25-17, C. Shreve 16-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 6-4, A. Cole 2-2, C. Shreve 1-0
          • Batters Faced - S. Gray 22, A. Cole 8, C. Shreve 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 91-57, M. Wright 39-22, J. Marinez 43-25, D. Hart 37-22
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 2-7, M. Wright 1-3, J. Marinez 3-2, D. Hart 3-2
          • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 21, M. Wright 8, J. Marinez 11, D. Hart 10
          • 9TH INNING
            Stanton singled to shallow center, Frazier scored, Gregorius to second90
          • 8TH INNING
            Hicks reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Gregorius scored, Stanton to second on Hart fielding error80
          • 7TH INNING
            Romine homered to center70
          • 6TH INNING
            Wade homered to right center60
          • 3RD INNING
            Bird homered to right, Gregorius, Stanton and Hicks scored50
            Stanton singled to shallow left, Judge scored, Gregorius to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Trey Mancini in left field
            • Jace Peterson at third base
            • T. Wade: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wade struck out swinging
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Frazier singled to left
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Judge walked, Frazier to second
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Gregorius reached on fielder's choice to third, Frazier to third, Judge out at second
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Stanton singled to shallow center, Frazier scored, Gregorius to second
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chasen Shreve relieved A.J. Cole
            • M. Trumbo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Trumbo grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Marinez Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gregorius doubled to right
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stanton singled to center, Gregorius to third
            • Donnie Hart relieved Jhan Marinez
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Foul, Ball, Hicks reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Gregorius scored, Stanton to second on Hart fielding error
            • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bird walked, Stanton to third, Hicks to second
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar popped out to first
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Romine grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Kyle Higashioka catching
            • Clint Frazier in left field
            • J. Rickard: Ball, Strike looking, Rickard singled to center
            • C. Joseph: Strike swinging, Joseph singled to right, Rickard to second
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham grounded out to catcher, Rickard to third, Joseph to second
            • A. Jones: Foul, Jones flied out to right
            • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Machado lined out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Marinez Pitching:
            • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bird flied out to deep left
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Andujar grounded out to third
            • A. Romine: Romine homered to center
            • T. Wade: Strike looking, Wade reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gardner grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A.J. Cole relieved Sonny Gray
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • C. Davis: Davis grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Valencia: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Wright Pitching:
            • T. Wade: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Wade homered to right center
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
            • Jhan Marinez relieved Mike Wright
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Gregorius flied out to left
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked, Judge to second
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Joseph singled to center
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
            • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Jones lined out to center
            • M. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Machado doubled to deep left, Joseph to third
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Mike Wright relieved Dylan Bundy
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stanton singled to left center
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Hicks flied out to deep center
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bird flied out to center
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andujar singled to right, Stanton to second
            • A. Romine: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Romine fouled out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Valencia grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Rickard: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Romine singled to shallow left
            • T. Wade: Ball, Wade doubled to deep right center, Romine to third
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner flied out to shallow left
            • A. Judge: Judge flied out to right
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gregorius grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Machado grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Trumbo: Trumbo flied out to right
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Schoop grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • T. Wade: Ball, Wade flied out to right
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gardner walked
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Judge singled to left center, Gardner to third
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Gregorius reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Gardner out at home, Judge to second
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stanton singled to shallow left, Judge scored, Gregorius to third
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hicks walked, Stanton to second
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bird homered to right, Gregorius, Stanton and Hicks scored
            • M. Andujar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Andujar flied out to shallow left
            • Middle of the 3rd (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • C. Joseph: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Joseph grounded out to third
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Jones grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Ball, Hicks lined out to center
            • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andujar walked
            • A. Romine: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Trumbo struck out looking
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schoop doubled to right
            • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davis walked
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Schoop to third, Davis to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
            • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Rickard grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Bundy Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
            • A. Judge: Foul, Strike swinging, Judge flied out to right
            • D. Gregorius: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner stole second, Gregorius lined out to center
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Stanton struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Beckham flied out to right
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • M. Machado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado fouled out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)