Monday, June 25, 2018
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Orioles 6, Yankees 1

NEW YORK — Nelson Cruz has been hitting home runs all season. J.J. Hardy finally got in on the fun Saturday, against a likely opponent.

Cruz hit his 23rd home run of the season, Hardy got his first and the Orioles beat the Yankees 6-1 after starter Bud Norris left with tightness in his right groin.

Adam Jones and Steve Pearce also homered off struggling soft-tosser Vidal Nuno, helping Baltimore rebound after blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead in Friday's 5-3 loss.

"Big win for us," said Hardy, who ended a home run drought of 339 at-bats that dated to September. "It definitely felt nice. I felt like I forgot how to do it.

"I think it probably is a little bit of a relief. I started to question myself if I ever was going to hit one again."

Mark Teixeira homered for the Yankees, who had won four straight and eight of 10. That was all they managed against Norris and three relievers.

Making his first start against the Yankees, Norris pitched five strong innings and matched a career high by winning his fourth straight start. He warmed up on the mound for the sixth but was pulled for Ryan Webb, who pitched two scoreless innings.

Tommy Hunter got the final five outs.

Norris said he felt something "kind of funny" while throwing a fastball in the fifth.

"It kind of grabbed on me," he said. "I've had groin stuff before, especially my left one but not necessarily my right one. You've got to be real careful with those."

"I could see it getting a little worse, and I wanted to be smart. But really, hats off to the offense for scoring and to the bullpen for picking me up. Pretty sore right now."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Norris probably will pitch the night game of a split doubleheader Friday against the Rays, but the right-hander said it was too soon to tell.

"We've got other options, but I'm hoping we caught (the groin trouble) in time," Showalter said.

Pressed into the rotation because of injuries to other starters, Nuno is having a hard time with the homer-friendly dimensions at Yankee Stadium. He was rocked in his previous outing in Oakland and is 0-4 since beating the Angels on May 7.

The left-hander has allowed 13 homers in 391/3 innings at home.

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