Crazy comeback: Yanks outslug O's in 10

Crazy comeback: Yanks outslug O's in 10

NEW YORK -- Just before Starlin Castro launched a game-tying homer to set up Matt Holliday's walk-off blast, powering the Yankees' wild 14-11, 10-inning victory over the Orioles on Friday night, the second baseman issued a bold prediction from the Yankee Stadium infield clay.

Jacoby Ellsbury's seventh-inning grand slam brought New York within three runs, chipping away at what had been an eight-run deficit, and Castro told teammate Didi Gregorius that he sensed something special was brewing against long odds in this wild slugfest.

"After that happened, I told Didi, 'Let's keep the game here. We might win the game today,'" said Castro, who tied the game with a two-run blast off Brad Brach in a three-run ninth inning. "When we scored those runs, we're really close. I just go up to the plate looking for something that I can drive. It happened the right way."

Castro's game-tying homer

The Yankees (14-7) grabbed a share of first place in the American League East with the victory, sealed as Holliday clubbed the decisive drive into the Yanks' bullpen off Jayson Aquino. Holliday's three-run homer was the fifth one hit by the Yankees in Friday's game.

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"I think the good thing about this team is we have a lot of firepower and we can hit homers and get people on base," Holliday said. "I think that's a good recipe to come back in a game like that."

Holliday on walk-off homer

Aaron Judge homered twice off Orioles starter Kevin Gausman -- one measured as the hardest-hit homer in the Statcast™ era, at 119.4 mph -- and Ellsbury hit the first grand slam of his career, a shot off Vidal Nuno that also marked Ellsbury's 100th home run.

Judge crushes two home runs

"I kind of let them get off the hook, let them back in the ballgame," Gausman said. "Darren [O'Day] and Brad shouldn't even be getting in the game, especially when we're up, 9-1."

Ellsbury's milestone grand slam

Baltimore took the defeat despite Mark Trumbo's fourth career grand slam, a sixth-inning blast off Bryan Mitchell, and a three-RBI performance from Manny Machado that included the longest home run in the Majors this year: a fifth-inning solo drive that cleared the restaurant over Monument Park and was calculated at 470 feet by Statcast™.

Statcast: Machado's 470-ft. HR

"It felt good to contribute," said Trumbo, who led the Majors in homers last year and hadn't gone deep since Opening Day. "Wasn't enough [to win], but hopefully that can be a nice way to get things moving in a better direction."

Trumbo's grand slam

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Manny being Manny: The Orioles grabbed the lead in the third inning by piecing together a two-out rally against Yankees starter CC Sabathia. Joey Rickard reached on an infield dribbler up the third-base line, and Adam Jones worked a walk to set up Machado, who pounced on a 92.2-mph sinker and blasted it over Ellsbury's head in center field for a two-run double. That served as a prelude for Machado's monster blast off Sabathia in the fifth inning; Sabathia allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Machado's two-run double

"He was having quality at-bats all night, and then he had that one to center field that I think went over the glass in center," Judge said. "Not too many people do that. It's impressive." More >

Star bright: The seventh homer of the night belonged to Castro, a two-run shot to left field, and it brought everything back to even as the Yankees tied the game against Brach. Chase Headley got the inning started with a leadoff walk, and Holliday banged a long single off the right-field wall to set up Ellsbury's run-scoring fielder's choice. Castro then notched his third hit of the game by jumping on the first pitch he saw from Brach, a 94.9-mph fastball.

"It's an amazing feeling," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We're down, 9-1, and then we're down, 11-4, but this group is resilient. We never quit. We have the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark, and that's what we did. We got a bunch of big hits along the way."

QUOTABLE
"The leadoff walk, I felt, was the bad thing. I know I gave up the home run later, but with a three-run lead, I've got to attack the hitter. I can't be messing around like I did. You just don't want to lose those games." -- Brach More >

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Friday's loss marked the first time since July 29, 2006, that the Orioles have scored 11 or more runs and lost a game. The O's 'pen allowed nine runs just once all of last season, on Aug. 19 against Houston.

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WHAT'S NEXT
Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez will take the ball in Saturday's 1:05 p.m. ET matinee, hoping to get back on track. He's 1-0 with a 5.95 ERA on the season and has been widely inconsistent, though the Orioles are 4-0 in his starts.

Yankees: Michael Pineda (2-1, 3.86 ERA) will make his fifth start of the season on Saturday. Pineda last pitched on April 22 at Pittsburgh, taking a no-decision after permitting three runs and five hits over five innings, including a pair of home runs.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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