Stanton’s 350th career homer, three RBIs lead Yanks past Orioles

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NEW YORK – Giancarlo Stanton hit his 350th career homer and lifted a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, sending the New York Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Wednesday night.

Joey Gallo also homered for the second straight night, his third straight game with an RBI after going his first 14 games without one.

Stanton is the seventh fastest player to 350 homers, getting there in 1,341 games. He ended a 14-game homer drought with a two-run drive off Tyler Wells four batters in. He entered his milestone at-bat with four hits in his previous 31 at-bats.

“That’s pretty cool,” Stanton said. “When I began this journey, I didn’t know really what to expect or where I’d be or how long I’d be around. So, it’s cool for me.”

Stanton’s milestone occurred after he had two hits in Tuesday’s 12-8 win after getting Sunday off. He also singled in the eighth, marking the first time he got consecutive multi-hit games this season.

“I thought really good at-bats last night,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Had the off day and I just thought he came out yesterday and had really good at-bats, carried that over tonight and on a cold night just hit a no-doubter into the bleachers in right-center and had more good swings all night tonight.”

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only players to reach 350 homers faster were Babe Ruth, Albert Pujols, Harmon Killebrew, Alex Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez and Mark McGwire. Stanton joined Rodriguez and Ruth as the third player to reach the milestone with the Yankees.

“Wow, congrats to him for 350,” said Aaron Judge, who scored on Stanton’s homer. “He’s a baller. He shows up every day ready to work.”

Stanton’s milestone blast and sacrifice fly helped the Yankees win their fifth straight and seventh in eight games.

Stanton said he signed a bat and was working on a swap to get the ball back from the fan who retrieved it in the right field seats.

“Part of the exchange, we’re working it out,” Stanton said.

Anthony Santander hit a tying two-run homer for the Orioles with two outs in the sixth, but Stanton roped a 113.8 mph fly ball to the warning track in center off Felix Bautista to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

Stanton’s sacrifice fly came after a hit-and-run single by Anthony Rizzo against Joey Krehbiel (1-2) sent DJ LeMahieu to third.

The Yankees added two in the seventh. After Gallo homered, Isiah Kiner-Falefa scored on a wild pitch by Dillon Tate.

New York starter Jordan Montgomery allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He exited after hitting Austin Hays with a pitch.

Michael King (2-0), in his first appearance since getting seven straight strikeouts Friday against Cleveland, pitched 2 1/3 innings. Clay Holmes tossed a perfect ninth for his second career save.

Wells allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. He retired 13 of the final 14 hitters he faced after allowing Stanton’s 417-foot drive.

“He gave up the homer early,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde, who managed Stanton in Double-A in 2009 and was his bench coach with the Marlins in 2011. “Stanton, fastball down and away. There’s three guys on the planet who can do that.”


Orioles: INF Ryan Mountcastle (stiff neck) was held out of the lineup and is day-to-day. … LHP John Means had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow Wednesday morning in Dallas. … RHP Matt Harvey will make a second start in extended spring training Thursday.


Yankees RHP Jameson Taillon (1-1, 3.07 ERA) faces Orioles LHP Bruce Zimmermann (1-0, 1.20) on Thursday.

Schumaker gets first win, Marlins top Mets 2-1 behind Chisholm

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MIAMI – After Skip Schumaker got his first win as a major league manager, Miami Marlins players put him in a cart, rolled him into the shower area of their clubhouse and doused him with whatever liquids they had on hand to celebrate.

“They thought of some kind of beer shower,” Schumaker said after changing out of his drenched clothes, “protein shake in my ear and whatever else they put in my head.”

Behind five shutout innings from Jesús Luzardo and home runs by Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Jorge Soler, the Miami Marlins defeated the New York Mets 2-1 on Friday night.

Schumaker, an 11-year-big league veteran, got his first managing job last October when he was hired to replace Don Mattingly. The 43-year-old spent last season as the St. Louis bench coach.

“I know it goes on my record, but they won that game,” Schumaker said. “Players win games, and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Luzardo (1-0) struck out five and allowed two hits while walking four in his first start this season. The 25-year-old left-hander had a 3.32 ERA with a 30% strikeout rate in 100 1/3 innings last season.

“The next step is being consistent,” Luzardo said. “I feel towards the end of last year I was able to do that. Just come out and no matter who we’re facing, no matter the situation, I feel it has to be 100% on the attack.”

Soler, in his first game in right field for the Marlins, made a leaping grab against the wall on Pete Alonso’s sharp fly ball to right center in the second. He followed with a leadoff shot in the bottom half off David Peterson (0-1).

“It was a great play out in the outfield and I took that feeling back to the plate,” said Soler, the designated hitter in the opener. “The pitcher was throwing fastballs, and I had to be aggressive. If he threw one down the middle, I was going to go for it.”

Soler also ran in for a diving catch that robbed Starling Marte for the final out in the eighth. That stranded Daniel Vogelbach, who had pinch hit and doubled off Dylan Floro.

Chisholm doubled the lead with an eighth-inning homer off John Curtiss, who made his Mets debut. That proved to be key when Alonso homered in the ninth off A.J. Puk for his first hit this season.

Puk then struck out Mark Canha and got Jeff McNeil to ground out for the save, ending a game that took 2 hours, 9 minutes.

New York, which had won Thursday’s opener, loaded the bases in the sixth after Brandon Nimmo walked and took third on a single by Marte, who then stole second, Francisco Lindor walked, and reliever JT Chargois retired Alonso on a lineout to Chisholm in center.

Marte had two of New York’s four hits. Peterson gave up eight hits, struck out five and walked one in five innings.

“I like the fact that he only had one walk,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “That’s probably why he was able to survive.”

Garrett Cooper singled twice and had a triple in the first. Miami went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

Miami’s Nick Fortes was called for a pitch clock violation when he wasn’t ready in time to face Tommy Hunter with two outs in the sixth. Fortes swung and missed at the next pitch, falling into an 0-2 count, then grounded out.


Chisholm, known for his flashy celebrations, Euro-stepped to home plate for the first time this season after his homer. He had 14 home runs last season.


The Marlins debuted the teal uniforms that they will wear on Fridays this season to commemorate the club’s 30th anniversary.


McNeil made an alert play in the fifth when Cooper’s sharp two-out grounder deflected off Alonso’s glove. McNeil grabbed the ball with a dive on the right field grass, popped up and made a one-hop throw to the plate, where Tomás Nido tagged a sliding Jon Berti, who had tried to score from second.

“That was a sick play,” Alonso said. “I mean, the ball tips off my glove. If that ball squirts away in the outfield, then that’s another run, so for him to have the baseball instincts and pick the ball up and make that play, that’s excellent.”


Miami RHP Edward Cabrera will start Saturday against New York RHP Tylor Megill, who fills the slot that opened when Justin Verlander was placed on the injured list because of a strained upper back muscle.