The Yankees couldn’t hit with runners in scoring position all night on Friday, and their lack of power has been a problem all year.

Carlos Beltran changed all that with one swing of the bat.

Beltran’s game-winning, three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth gave the Yankees a 5-3 victory over the Orioles and closer Zach Britton.

It was the Yankees’ fourth straight win and eighth in their last 10 games.

“Honestly, I was trying to get a base hit, hit a ball up the middle,” Beltran said after he blasted Britton’s 3-1 offering deep into the left-field seats. “I got a good pitch to hit and as soon as I hit it I knew it was going to be a home run.”

The Yankees had left 11 runners in scoring position before the ninth, when they rallied one last time.
Brian McCann’s two-out single knocked in Brett Gardner to get the Yankees within one run, before Beltran’s heroics.

“We had opportunities early in the ball game and just couldn’t capitalize,” Beltran said. “We didn’t let it affect us.”

The comeback gave the Yankees a glimpse of what they hoped they’d be getting when they signed Beltran and McCann to revamp their offense. It’s something that hasn’t happened much this season.
But manager Joe Girardi took a lot out of how the Yankees came back.