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Yankees complete four-game sweep of Orioles

As the Yankees approach the most important games of their season, their rotation has provided the necessary spark to build a five-game winning streak. Coupled with some timely hitting and the anticipated returns of a few star sluggers, their postseason outlook is growing rosier by the day.

J.A. Happ extended the team’s run of solid starting pitching performances and Gleyber Torres delivered a two-run, pinch-hit double in the eighth inning, helping the Yankees complete a four-game sweep of the Orioles with a 3-1 victory on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

With the Yanks held to Tyler Wade’s solo home run through the first seven innings, Torres came off the bench to mash a drive toward the gap in left-center field off left-hander Tanner Scott, chasing the deciding runs home. Wade’s homer came off Baltimore starter John Means, who scattered five hits over six innings. It was Wade’s first career homer off a left-handed pitcher.

Baltimore forced Happ to labor in a 73-pitch outing, but the left-hander limited Baltimore to Renato Núñez’s second-inning solo homer. Happ pinned a runner in scoring position in the second inning, then navigated a first-and-third, none-out jam in the fifth with some help from his defense.