BALTIMORE (CBSNewYork / AP) – Aaron Judge threw a five-homer play-off that backed Gerrit Cole, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 on Tuesday night to win back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 1-3 .
Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit, Joey Gallo and DJ LeMahieu also went far for New York, which tied its season high for the homesteads.
“Every win is important, of course,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s the fun time of the year. This is where you want to be, chasing October baseball. Nice to have that first here, especially after they took two out of three from us.
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Cole (15-7), the AL leader in victories. came back from a strain in his left hamstrings that cut short his Sept. 7 start against Toronto. He blocked loaded goals in a 29-pitched opening set when he struck out Ramón Uris.
Cole allowed one run and four hits in five innings with seven strikeouts and three walks. He threw 108 shots.
“It was pretty good,” Cole said of the hamstrings. “It was a bit difficult to move around with the scarf there, but the leg responded very well.”
Judge and Gallo became only the fourth pair of teammates to hit their 34th homerun in the same game, joining Ted Williams and Vern Stephens of Boston in 1949, Jay Bell and Matt Williams of Arizona in 1999, and Carlos González and Nolan Arenado. of Colorado in 2015.
The judge hit a two-run homerun on Alexander Wells’ first change (1-3). Judge is 20 for 58 with three doubles, nine homers and 15 RBIs against Baltimore this year.
Stanton hit a two-run homer in the third and Voit called for back-to-back homers and a 5-0 lead.
“It’s always good to jump up early,” Stanton said. “A little relief even if you have to keep your foot on the gas the whole game. It’s much better to play ahead than to try to catch up.
Gallo scored in the eighth against Spenser Watkins and LeMahieu in the ninth to reach double digits for the fourth consecutive season.
New York won for the third time in 11 games and tied Toronto for the AL Jokers lead with 17 games remaining. Boston was half a game away from a late game in Seattle.
The Yankees are 2-0 at the start of a 10-game streak against teams with losing records.
In his second game since being moved from shortstop to second base, Gleyber Torres allowed the potential Urias double play player in the sixth to bounce off a glove for a mistake, his 19th this season and his fifth since September 5. Torres followed by doing a tough pickup on the floor of Pedro Severino, stepping on the second and throwing in the first for a double play.
“It was good to see him bounce back from a bespoke double play there,” said Boone. “The next play, he makes a really good play on a ball.”
Torres was called out for a defensive substitution in the eighth.
Michael King called Cole with three innings without a hitting.
At 81-64, the Yankees assured they won’t have a losing record. The Yankees haven’t finished below .500 since 1992.
New York had three double plays and scored 137, second behind Washington’s 140.
Wells allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings.
“One through nine is quality training,” Wells said. “You have to be on your game from the first pitch and tonight I made a few over-the-plate mistakes and they capitalized.”
Ryan Mountcastle netted an RBI brace in the fifth for the Orioles, who, at a major league worst 46-98, are heading for 100 losses for the third straight full season.
Orioles: RHP Marcos Diplán was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and INF Pat Valaika had his contract selected for the Tides.
Yankees: RHP Sal Romano injured a finger on his pitching hand while trying to catch a Kevin Gutierrez comebacker in the ninth. Romano was put back on the pre-game roster when RHP Brooks Kriske was nominated for assignment. Aroldis Chapman came to finish. … RHP Domingo Germán pitched two scoreless innings with two hits and four strikeouts for Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre and could be with the Yankees this weekend. He had not launched since July 31 due to inflammation of the right shoulder.,
Orioles: LHP Tanner Scott (sprained left knee) was placed on the 10-day IL. He had a 2.78 ERA and 1.374 WHIP in the first half and a 9.82 ERA and 1.964 WHIP after the all-star break. … INF Jorge Mateo (right lumbar inflammation) was placed on the 60-day injured list, ending his season. “Very disappointing because this guy had the chance to play in the big leagues… and to play well,” said manager Brandon Hyde. … DH Trey Mancini started in fourth with abdominal pain. “We hope it’s not a big deal,” Hyde said.
Yankees: LHP Nestor Cortes (2-2, 2.70 ERA) is looking for his first win since August 15.
Orioles: LHP John Means (5-7, 3.42 ERA) allowed nine runs in his last 24.1 innings, but suffered two losses and two without a decision in those four starts.
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