July 31 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 17-3 last night, match the season-high runs-scored they posted at home on July 22 against Oakland.
The Yankees swept the split doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, beating the Orioles earlier in the day by 8-5.
The Yankees scored 12 runs on 10 hits in the bottom of a first inning that lasted 58 minutes. It was most runs the team ever scored in a first inning, and the most since a 13-run eighth inning against Tampa Bay on June 21, 2005.
Seven Yankees had extra-base hits, with Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones hitting home runs. In the first inning, all nine batters reached based at least once and all scored at least one run.
Shortstop Derek Jeter went 2-for-6 to tie Rafael Palmeiro for 24th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time career hits list at 3,020.
Ivan Nova (9-4) gave up six hits and two runs in seven hits while striking out six for the Yankees.
Zach Britton (6-8) surrendered seven hits and nine runs in a third of an inning. Reliever Jason Berken allowed eight hits and seven runs, including the two home runs, in 2 2/3 innings. Britton and Berken combined for 70 pitches.
The Yankees (63-42) trail the Boston Red Sox by two games in the American League East Division. The Orioles (42-62) are last in the five-team division, 22 ½ games behind Boston.
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