Yankees look like themselves again in rout of Orioles
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BALTIMORE — If you didn’t know any better, you might have thought it was 2019 at Camden Yards on Wednesday night.
Domingo German looked like the pitcher who emerged as a dependable starter for much of that 2019 season, and the Yankees overwhelmed the Orioles on both sides of the ball in a 7-0 win.
It was the Yankees’ second straight victory and moved them out of a last-place tie with the Orioles in the AL East.
The win also provided plenty of encouraging signs — from the lineup breaking out, even with Aaron Judge on the bench, to German taking a no-hitter into the fifth.
A three-run home run from Gio Urshela in a four-run third inning got the Yankees going, and they knocked around Baltimore right-hander Dean Kremer for six runs on 10 hits in just 4 ²/₃ innings.
Urshela, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres all had multi-hit games, and Mike Ford added a solo homer.
The Orioles’ lineup was no match for German, who got off to a slow start in his previous outing before he retired 17 of the final 21 batters he faced. He picked up where he left off on Wednesday.
German didn’t allow a hit until Ryan Mountcastle’s infield single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.
He pitched around a pair of singles in the seventh, striking out Mountcastle looking to end the threat — and also ending German’s night after 92 pitches. He gave up just three hits and a walk, while striking out six.
DJ Stewart, who walked in the second inning, was Baltimore’s only baserunner until Mountcastle hit a chopper that Urshela fielded near the line behind third. Urshela wasn’t able to make the throw in time and Mountcastle had a single.
LeMahieu led off the game with a sharp single to center, and Giancarlo Stanton following with a 119 mph screamer that resulted in a double play thanks to an excellent play by third baseman Makiel Franco.
Gleyber Torres followed with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch, but Urshela struck out.
Ford put the Yankees on the board in the second with a leadoff opposite-field homer that just cleared the fence in right. It was Ford’s second home run of the season.
In the third, LeMahieu smacked his second hit up the middle of the night. Stanton again followed with a hard-hit grounder. This time, it went at shortstop Pat Valaika, who couldn’t handle it, and Stanton had a single.
Torres knocked in LeMahieu with a single to center before Urshela slammed a three-run homer to left to make it 5-0.
Clint Frazier snapped a 2-for-42 skid with a leadoff double in the fourth. Frazier, however, was thrown out after inexplicably trying to advance to third on a Kyle Higashioka grounder to shortstop. But Frazier later hit his first home run of the season to make it 7-0 in the eighth.
Michael King, just up from the alternate site, tossed the final two innings to finish the shutout, the Yankees’ second of the season.
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