Brett Gardner, Yankees rally for win over Orioles

BALTIMORE — You couldn’t have written a better moment. In the top of the ninth inning, the Yankees were down by one run. With runners on second and third base with one out, Brett Gardner stepped into the batter’s box.

As the rain started to fall at Camden Yards, Gardner came through with a two-run bloop single into left-center field, lifting the Yanks to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Orioles.

Wins are everything to the Yankees (82-64) right now as they push toward October baseball. With their latest victory, they kept pace in the American League Wild Card race with the Blue Jays (82-64) and Red Sox (83-65), who also both won Wednesday. The three AL East rivals are tied atop the AL Wild Card standings with only two berths up for grabs.

Wednesday’s rally was as New York as it comes. The club has stressed that making it to the postseason will be a team effort, and that’s what this win took.

Closer Aroldis Chapman pitched for the third day in a row and delivered a 1-2-3 ninth that featured a pair of strikeouts. Earlier in the night, Néstor Cortes Jr. delivered one of his best starts of the season, fanning a career-high 11 batters while tossing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball.

Before Gardner’s go-ahead hit, New York’s only offense had come from Gio Urshela’s two-run homer in the third.

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