The New York Yankees continued their home run binge against the Baltimore Orioles, hitting six more and getting three RBIs from Austin Romine
One night after going deep five times, the Yankees went one better against the Orioles’ beleaguered pitching staff. Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu went back-to-back in the third inning and Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin did the same in the ninth. Didi Gregorius also connected, and Romine contributed a solo shot and a two-run double.
The Yankees have hit 38 home runs at Camden Yards, extending their major league single-season record for most by a visiting team in one ballpark. And their 14 straight wins at Baltimore mark their longest victory streak at an opponent’s stadium.
New York’s seventh straight victory was marred by the third-inning departure of second baseman Gleyber Torres with what the team described as “core pain.” Torres visited a hospital for a core issue on Sunday but played Monday as the designated hitter.
In this one, he played second base and went 0-for-2.
After the start of the game was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 12 minutes, New York’s inevitable return to the launching pad remained stalled until the third inning. Tauchman got things going with his third home run in two games, LeMahieu followed with a shot to center on an 0-2 pitch from Asher Wojciechowski (2-5) and Gregorius capped the surge with a blast that landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field wall.
It was 5-2 in the fourth when Tauchman made one of the great catches of the 2019 season, robbing Pedro Severino of a home run by reaching over the 7-foot wall in left field and snaring the ball while at the high point of his jump.
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A two-run homer by Anthony Santander in the fifth was the second of four straight Baltimore hits and got the Orioles to 5-4.
But Romine led off the sixth with a drive to center off Tayler Scott, and the AL East-leading Yankees were on their way to their 11th straight win over the last-place Orioles.
Nestor Cortes Jr. (5-0) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and Adam Ottavino got the final six outs for his first save.
The Yankees continued pull away from their AL East rivals Tuesday. Although Tampa survived an extra inning battle with Toronto to remain nine games back, Boston lost again as their recent collapse has sent them to 15 1/2 games behind in the division.
3B Gio Urshela wasn’t in the starting lineup for a second straight day after fouling balls off both legs on Sunday. He was supposed to be assessed during batting practice, but the rain started just before New York’s turn at BP.
1B Luke Voit (sports hernia) is “very encouraged” about how he’s feeling, but has not yet dismissed surgery, manager Aaron Boone said.
LHP James Paxton (6-6, 4.61 ERA) makes his 20th start of the season in the series finale Wednesday night. The Yankees lost all five of his starts in July, but he’s 1-0 in August after beating Boston on Friday.
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