The New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 last night, turning an unusual triple play and scoring the winning runs on a dropped fly ball.
The triple play at Yankee Stadium featured six throws around the infield involving four players. It was New York’s first triple play in three years and its first at home since 1968, according to Major League Baseball’s website.
After Baltimore put the first two men on base in the top of the eighth inning, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano caught Manny Machado’s line drive on a short hop and flipped the ball to shortstop Jayson Nix to force out Nick Markakis. Nix spun and threw the ball to third baseman Kevin Youkilis to catch Alexi Casilla, who froze between second and third bases, in a rundown.
Youkils exchanged throws with Nix before tagging Casilla for the second out. Machado rounded first base during the rundown and Youkilis then threw to first baseman Lyle Overbay, setting off another rundown in which the Oriole was tagged by Cano for the third out.
New York went in front in the bottom of the seventh inning as Adam Jones, Baltimore’s Gold Glove-winning center fielder, dropped a Vernon Wells’s fly ball with two outs and the bases loaded, allowing all three runs to score for a 5-2 Yankees lead.