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Ryan Mountcastle finished with four RBIs, Maikel Franco hit a two-run homer and drove in three, and pitcher Bruce Zimmermann gave Baltimore solid long relief as the Orioles rallied for a 10-6 victory over the visiting New York Yankees on Sunday.

Zimmermann (2-3) shut down the Yankees after they scored four runs in the first off starter Adam Plutko. Baltimore just recalled the left-handed rookie from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday – sending back infielder Ramon Urias – and Zimmerman delivered.

He came on in the second and allowed one run on two hits in 5 2/3 innings. Zimmermann struck out six and walked one.

The Yankees gave starter Jordan Montgomery a big early lead, but he could not hold onto it and gave up five runs on six hits in three innings as the Orioles rallied.

New York started by loading the bases with no outs in the first. The Yankees scored a run when Gio Urshela grounded into a double play before Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier followed with back-to-back homers. Sanchez's was a two-run shot while Frazier's solo blast made it 4-0.

The Orioles got two back in the bottom of the first thanks to a two-out rally. Mountcastle drove in one with an RBI double, and Pedro Severino's single cut the lead to 4-2.

Aaron Judge stretched the lead to 5-2 in the third on his fourth home run of this series, but Baltimore then answered with three in the bottom half. Mountcastle started things with a sacrifice fly before Franco (double) and Freddy Galvis (single) tied the game with run-scoring hits.

Trey Mancini then gave the Orioles a 6-5 lead in the fourth with an RBI double off of Michael King (0-1). Franco then stretched the lead to 8-5 with his two-run homer in the seventh against Wandy Peralta, and Mountcastle added a two-run single in the eighth before the Yankees scored one in the ninth.

Also, the Yankees placed Aaron Hicks on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to May 13) due to a left wrist sprain. They also signed outfielder Ryan LaMarre to a major league deal and called him up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Also, another person on the team's support staff tested positive for COVID-19, the ninth one in recent days.

RAYS 7, METS 1

Manuel Margot and Willy Adames belted two-run homers, starter Josh Fleming fired five shutout innings and the Rays swept the Mets with a win in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Rays' series sweep of the National League East club pushed their winning streak to four and lifted them to four games over .500 for the first time.

In his season debut after arthroscopic knee surgery in March, Tampa Bay's Ji-Man Choi started at first base and went 3-for-4 with an RBI double. Margot capped his 2-for-4 day by plating Choi with the final run on an eighth-inning single.

Brandon Lowe also homered and scored twice.

Fleming (3-3) faced just one batter over the minimum – a leadoff single erased by a double play and also a fielding error – in a 53-pitch effort. He struck out five with no walks.

New York's Marcus Stroman (3-4) surrendered five runs on six hits – three home runs – struck out one and walked one over six innings.

Mets designated hitter Jeff McNeil opened the series finale with an infield single – his 21st straight game reaching base – but the inning ended on a sour note after Michael Conforto grounded into a double play and left after grabbing his right thigh.

Two innings later, McNeil also left the game – both players were announced as suffering from hamstring tightness – and was replaced by Patrick Mazeika, leaving the club with backup catcher Tomas Nido as the only bench player.

Stroman and Fleming cruised through a quick 3 1/2 innings before the Mets pitcher grooved a flat 92 mph sinker to Margot with Lowe on first and two outs in the fourth.

Margot turned on the offering and laced a shot out to left-center for his fourth homer and a 2-0 lead for the home side.

Adames, who went 2-for-3, added on in the next frame after Stroman hit leadoff batter Francisco Mejia with a 2-2 delivery. He then left the first pitch over the plate to the shortstop, who made it 4-0 by blasting his fifth homer to right-center.

Mazeika lobbed a home run to right field off reliever Diego Castillo for his first hit in the majors in the sixth, but Lowe got the marker back in the bottom half with his seventh dinger.

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