Castro's 4 RBIs lift Eovaldi, Yankees over Orioles 7-1

Since his last homer on June 18, he'd gone 10 for 50 with one double in 15 games. 500 on two occasions only to slide back into wandering around and below the break-even mark.

Scoring only nine runs in four games is simply not going to lead to many wins.

Rivera had the third single in the ninth - following hits by Loney and Asdrubal Cabrera - off Hector Rondon (1-2) as the Mets beat the Cubs for the fifth time in six games after sweeping them in last year's NL Championship Series.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 696th career homer, Ivan Nova grinded through six innings and the Yankees' bullpen trio closed up shop for the second straight game to help NY beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 on Monday night. Gallardo owns a 1-1 career mark versus the Yankees with a 5.60 ERA as he's allowed 11 runs on 17 hits in 17 2/3 innings.Pineda permitted five earned runs in each of his last two outings and is 0-3 with a 4.46 ERA in his last six starts, but the 27-year-old Dominican will receive the call on Wednesday due to a lack of options, manager Joe Girardi said. The Yankees are 18-1 when all three relievers pitch in the same game.

Since starting to hover around.

"Nobody in this room believes we can't do it, " Swarzak said after retiring eight straight batters in relief of Eovaldi during Tuesday night's 7-1 win over the Orioles. NY then dropped four straight and did not get over. 500 at 31-30 and 37-36 only to regress. If the Yankees become sellers, the next natural step for them is to devote all available at-bats, as well as the spots on their 40-man roster, to players who will be part of their future - and that does not include Rodriguez or Teixeira. For some reason, that Van Morrison Song "Days Like This" keeps popping into my head when I think about this game.

The American League East leaders, the Baltimore Orioles will seek to bounce back tonight after a two-game losing streak.

Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury reached on a catcher's interference in the first inning when he hit Caleb Joseph's mitt on his swing, marking the ninth time this season that Ellsbury has reached on a catcher's interference. They have been held to 2 runs or less in three straight and 4 or less in their last six games.

Missing key components, the Baltimore Orioles' offense is sputtering.

"There's nothing illegal about it", Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "You can't live in that world".

"You can't fault the effort he gave us", Showalter said. "I know our guys are frustrated". He lost the shutout when Joey Rickard doubled and Swarzak entered after Manny Machado walked on four pitches. The struggling first baseman fouled a ball of his left foot on Saturday and although x-rays and a CT scan came back negative, he still is sore.

In addition to the mechanical tweaks he has made with Beltran - Castro said Beltran noticed "something in my hands" in the batting cage - he said the time off during the All-Star break has been beneficial.

Yovani Gallardo (3-1, 5.77 ERA) will get the nod versus Michael Pineda (3-9, 5.56 ERA) on Wednesday night. New York LF Brett Gardner is 6-for-16 with a homer and two runs scored in his last four contests.3.

Orioles: RHP Vance Worley (2-0, 2.87) makes his first start since moving to the bullpen following two starts in April. NY picked up a 2-1 win at home to open the series.

The Orioles got five hits in their latest muted performance behind Kevin Gausman (1-7).

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