Orioles catcher Matt Wieters blasted a pair of two-run home runs, helping his team take down the Yankees 5-2 on Sunday afternoon. The win clinched a Wild Card berth for the O’s, who entered Sunday’s action tied with the division rival Blue Jays at 88-73.
J.J. Hardy opened the scoring in the third inning with a sacrifice fly against Yankees starter Luis Cessa. Wieters blasted his first two-run homer in the fourth. Brian McCann put the Yankees on the board in the bottom half of the fourth with a solo homer off of Orioles starter Kevin Gausman. Wieters went yard again in the sixth inning, this time off of lefty reliever Tommy Lane. In doing so, the switch-hitting Wieters homered from both sides of the plate. He’s the first Oriole to accomplish that feat since Roberto Alomar on July 25, 1996, per the Orioles’ Twitter.
Gausman got one out in the eighth and left after allowing a single to Gary Sanchez. Closer Zach Britton came in and allowed a single to Brian McCann, followed by a two-out single from Didi Gregorius, allowing an inherited runner to score. Britton was able to get Aaron Hicks to ground out to end the inning, however. The lefty came back out for the ninth, striking out Ronald Torreyes, getting Billy Butler to ground out, and then striking out Brett Gardner to end the game.
The Orioles will face either the Blue Jays or Tigers in the Wild Card game. Both teams will finish their games shortly.