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New York’s Clint Frazier, left, is safe scoring ahead of a tag by Baltimore catcher Pedro Severino (28) on pinch hitter Gleyber Torres’s two-run double during Sunday’s eighth inning.

Yankees 3 — Orioles 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Gleyber Torres had tiebreaking, two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning for his first career pinch hit, lifting the Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 Sunday for a four-game sweep that consolidated New York’s playoff position.

Torres, given the day off from the starting lineup, is hitting .320 (8 for 25) with seven RBIs since returning from the injured list. He feasts on the Orioles, raising his average against them to .358 with 16 homers and 34 RBIs in 37 games. His drive off left-hander Tanner Scott went to the warning track in right-center and followed two-out singles by Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier off Dillon Tate (1-1). Frazier, who hit cleanup for the 16th straight game, reached on a grounder to the right side when Tate, covering first, missed the first base.

New York (26-21) has won five in a row following a 5-16 slide and has opened, a 5 1/2-game lead over the Orioles for the AL’s eighth and final playoff spot. Baltimore (20-26), which took three of four from the Yankees last weekend at Camden Yards, has lost five straight overall and 10 in a row at Yankee Stadium. The young Orioles had gotten back in contention with six wins in eight games.

New York began the day a half-game behind the second-place Toronto Blue Jays, who start a series at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

Five relievers combined for shutout, one-hit relief following J.A. Happ. Zack Britton (1-2), the fourth Yankees reliever, pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth for his second save.

Happ allowed five hits in five innings, giving up a second-inning home run to Renato Núñez, who has five off the left-hander. Happ lowered his ERA to 3.96 and remained unbeaten in six starts.

Tyler Wade homered in the fifth off John Means, who allowed five hits in six innings to match his longest outing this season.

Both home runs went over the right field short porch and would not have cleared the wall at any other big league ballpark.

Jonathan Holder stranded two in the sixth after Adam Ottavino walked Pedro Severino and allowed a single to Núñez. It was Ottavino’s first appearance since giving up six runs Monday to Toronto in Buffalo.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: OF Austin Hays (fractured rib) could return in the next few days according to manager Brandon Hyde. Hays has not played since Aug. 14.

Yankees: RF Aaron Judge (strained right calf) took swings in the batting cage, ran the bases, ran in the outfield and did defensive drills. Judge, who has played once since Aug. 11, could go the alternate site in Scranton-Wilkes/Barre on Monday and be activated next weekend. ... DH Giancarlo Stanton (strained left hamstring) ran the bases, took a few at-bats at the alternate site and is expected to take more at-bats Monday. ... 3B Gio Urshela (bone spur in right elbow) played in a simulated game at the alternate site and is expected to be activated for Tuesday’s game against Toronto. ... RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (undisclosed medical condition) threw a bullpen Sunday and will likely return Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Jorge López (1-0, 6.38) opposes RHP Touki Toussaint (0-1, 7.89) in the opener of a three-game series with Atlanta on Monday in Baltimore.

Yankees: RHP Deivi García (1-1, 3.06 ERA) starts Tuesday’s series opener.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Braves 8, Nationals 4

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Duvall and Ozzie Albies each hit a two-run homer off a laboring Max Scherzer, and Atlanta rallied past Washington.

Kyle Wright pitched six innings for his first major league win, helping Atlanta take three of four from Washington.

The Nationals carried a 4-2 lead into the sixth, and Scherzer had already thrown 104 pitches. Manager Dave Martinez sent the three-time Cy Young Award winner out to start the inning, and stuck with him after Dansby Swanson flied out and Nick Markakis singled.

Two pitches later, Duvall blasted his 14th homer to deep center. Martinez still didn’t change pitchers, and Austin Riley looped a single to right before Albies lashed his third homer to center.

Scherzer (4-3) struck out 10 while throwing 119 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed six runs for the first time since yielding seven to Miami on April 20, 2019.

Wright (1-4), who was 0-7 with a 7.86 ERA in 16 career appearances before Sunday, allowed three earned runs and eight hits while striking out four in six innings. The 24-year-old had pitched more than four innings just once in his five previous starts in 2020.

Atlanta added two insurance runs in the ninth.

Marcell Ozuna’s RBI single and Travis d’Arnaud’s fielder’s choice grounder. Four Braves relievers combined for three shutout innings of relief.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit his sixth homer of the year for Washington.

Atlanta improved to 21-0 this season when leading after six innings, while Washington fell to 0-21 when trailing after six innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: LHP Cole Hamels (triceps tendinitis) is listed as the starter for Wednesday’s game at Baltimore. Hamels has not pitched since agreeing to a one-year contract in the offseason.

Nationals: OF Adam Eaton, who was scratched from Saturday’s lineup with back spasms, led off in the series finale. He was 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base.

SUNDAY FUN DAY

Atlanta improved to 8-1 on Sundays this season. It has outscored opponents 69-25 on Sundays.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Touki Toussaint (0-1, 7.89 ERA) faces Baltimore for the first time as Atlanta continues its road trip by opening a three-game series Monday against the Orioles.

Nationals: Washington begins its final road trip of the season Tuesday when it opens a two-game series at Tampa Bay. RHP Anibal Sanchez (2-4, 6.34 ERA) makes the start for the Nationals.

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