Domingo German was far from perfect Monday night, but neither was the Yankees defense. It didn’t matter in the end though, as Harrison Bader earned a Yankees victory with a three-run blast deep from the left in the eighth inning.
Bader, facing southpaw Danny Coulombe, snatched his seventh homer of the year from 415 feet. The no-doubt narrowly missed the second deck and gave the third-place Yankees a 6-3 victory over the second-place Orioles.
Bader also made a single in the match.
The German, meanwhile, couldn’t get past the fifth inning of his first start since spinning a perfect game in Oakland on June 28. The right-hander went just 4.1 innings while allowing nine hits and three runs. He also struck out five while walking none on 86 shots.
Only two runs from the German were earned as a Bader error preceded a Cedric Mullins RBI single in the second.
Adley Rutschman then hit an RBI brace in the third, though Isiah Kiner-Falefa felt the ball while jumping and crashing into the left field wall. While not a mistake, it was the second catchable ball Kiner-Falefa failed to find during the inning.
Ryan O’Hearn added an RBI single for Baltimore before the end of the third period.
The Yankees got on the board in the fifth inning when No. 8 and No. 9 hitters Anthony Volpe and Kyle Higashioka smashed back-to-back homers. Volpe was his 11th of the year, while Higashioka’s fourth of the season made up for a base run error in the third. Both long balls came out of starter Tyler Wells, who had five hits, two earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts in six innings.
Volpe then tied the game in the seventh when he scored on a wild pitch from Yennier Cano.
The Yankees’ bullpen kept them in the game all night, as Nick Ramirez recorded 1.2 scoreless innings in relief from the German. Ian Hamilton, Tommy Kahnle and Clay Holmes then shut out the Orioles for one inning each.
With the series opener in the books, the Yankees and Orioles will play a July 4 matinee on Tuesday. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Clarke Schmidt is expected to face Kyle Gibson.
The Yankees have yet to announce their starter on Wednesday, but Dean Kremer will take the ball for Baltimore. Struggling Luis Severino is set to start for the Yankees on Thursday, while Kyle Bradish is lined up for the O’s.