Essentially benched this weekend, Curtis Granderson became an impact player again this afternoon. After pinch hitting in the sixth, Granderson went 3-for-3 with five RBI in a 13-3 Yankees blowout against the back-in-second-place Orioles. The Yankees will get out of town with the same one-game lead they had four days ago. Four walks and three singles gave the Yankees four runs in the fourth, and although they left the bases loaded that inning, it was enough to build an early cushion. Granderson added a solo home run in the sixth, a two-run single in the seventh and a two-run double in the eighth. Derek Jeter also homered, and the Yankees bullpen delivered 5.2 scoreless innings of relief — beginning with Joba Chamberlain’s best outing of the year (four strikeouts, no hits) — to contain the Orioles offense and secure the lopsided win.
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