BALTIMORE (AP) – Corey Kluber got his first win in two years, Kyle Higashioka homered again as he gainsfrom Gary Sánchez, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 Tuesday night.
Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton also homered – the Yankees are 9-0 when they go deep in the same, including the playoffs. New York stopped a four-game skid at Camden Yards and, at 10-13, in the AL East.
“Corey set the tone,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He threw the ball well and was in command most of the night. I thought our offense did a lot of delicious things. We still didn’t break through with many runs, but we’ll certainly take five.”
Kluber (1-2), who signed an $11 million, one-year contract as a free agent, allowed one run and six hits with five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. Kluber has returned from two injury-marred seasons and became the first Yankees starter other than Gerrit Cole to pitch into the seventh inning this season. Kluber’s firsthe threw seven innings against Atlanta on April 20, 2019.
“Getting the win was the most, but it was good to go out there and string together a good outing finally,” Kluber said. “Any win you can get is a special one.” New York had 12 hits and the Nos for the first . 1-3 hitters in the Yankees batting order had multiple hits.
DJ LeMahieu doubled leading off and scored on a flyout by Gio Urshela; the Yankees had been the onlyteam without a sacrifice fly this season. his fifth homer in the third, and the Yankees made it 4-0 in the fourth on a home run by Higashioka and an RBI single by Urshela that ended the night for rookie Bruce Zimmermann (1-3), who gave up nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.
“I just thought he left some balls over the plate,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “It wasn’t the best night for him..” Higashioka went 2 for four and is batting .320 with four home runs and six RBIs in 25 at-bats. Sanchez is batting .182 with two homers and four RBIs in 55 at-bats, including a 2-for-28 slide.
“I don’t concern myself too much with who will play when,” Higashioka said. “If I’m playing my best baseball, more than likely, I’ll end up finding more playing time at some point. My main focus is always going out there and playing my best.” Maikel Franco had an RBI infield single in the fourth off Kluber, who kept the Orioles off-balance with his changeup, sinker, and cutter,
In the seventh, Stanton hit a 434-footto 5-1 off Dillon Tate. Lucas Luetge followed with a perfect ninth. Stanton leads the Yankees with six homers. Esteban Loaisiga allowed one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings, throwing 15 of 28 pitches at 98 mph or higher, including a career-high 100.2 mph.
The Yankees acquired LHP Wandy Peralta from the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Mike Tauchman.
Orioles outfielder DJ Stewart’s backswing smacked Higashioka in the helmet and sent hisflying to the grass in the fourth.
Stanton was quickly thrown out at home by left fielder Auston Hays on a single by Urshela in the fourth. Thethe Yankees had a runner thrown out on the bases – the most in the majors.
Yankees: RHPwas recalled from the alternate site. He has thrown nine scoreless innings in two relief outings for New York this .
Orioles: INF Pat Valaika was recalled from the alternate training site and went 0 for 4. … Following the game, Jay Flaa was optioned to Double-A Bowie.
Orioles: SS Freddy Galvis is day to day with left adductor soreness. Galvis left Monday after running to second on a run-scoring double. … Judge, bothered by lower body soreness, came out in the ninth inning and likely will get a day off in the next few days. “I’m just going to stay out in front of anything that comes up,” Boone said.
Yankees: RHP Domingo Germán (1-2, 6.23 ERA) earned his first win since September 2019 in his last outing, limiting the Indians to three runs – two earned – over six innings on April 22. He is 4-0 with a 2.97 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances against the Orioles.
Orioles: RHP Dean Kremer (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will be recalled from the alternate site to make a start. He took April 6 against the Yankees after.
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