BALTIMORE (AP) — Domingo Germán won his second straight start, combining with Michael King on a four-hitter, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-0 Wednesday night.
Mike Ford put the Yankees ahead in the second inning with his second home run in 16 at-bats this season, an opposite-field drive to left, and cleanup hitter Gio Urshela made it 5-0 with a three-run homer in the four-run third.READ MORE: Baltimore County Police Shoot and Kill Suspect In Woodlawn; 2 Other Victims Found Dead
Four innings after making a baserunning blunder, Clint Frazier hit his first home run in 69 plate appearances this season, capping the scoring in the eighth with a drive off Tyler Wells.
New York has won five of seven and at 11-13 is two games .under .500 for the first time since the Yankees were 5-7. The Yankees scored their most runs since getting a season-high eight on April 11 and pitched their second shutout this season — both have come against the Orioles.
Baltimore fell to 3-10 at home this season.
Germán (2-2), who missed the 2020 season while serving a domestic violence suspension, beat Cleveland on April 22 for his first victory in 587 days and won his second straight start, lowering his ERA to 4.05.
He allowed three hits and a walk in seven innings with six strikeouts. Germán didn’t yield a hit until Ryan Mountcastle’s infield single with two outs in the fifth and didn’t allow a runner to reach second until two outs in the seventh, a threat ended when he struck out Mountcastle.
It was Germán’s longest outing since a seven-inning effort on Aug. 13, 2019 — the last time he faced Baltimore.
A day after he was recalled from the alternate training site, King finished and the 25-year-old right-hander improved to 11 shutout innings this season.
Dean Kremer (0-2), recalled earlier in the day from Baltimore’s alternate training site, allowed six runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four.
Gleyber Torres had an RBI single in the third and Aaron Hicks a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu had his 88th multihit game for the Yankees.
Frazier became the 13th Yankee thrown out on the bases — in the season’s 24th game — when he was tagged out at third. That matched New York’s total from all of last year’s 60-game season.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said RF Aaron Judge is “is just a little banged up on the trip in a number of areas in the lower body.” Boone defended his lack of specifics “because I think there’s multiple minor things that pop up that I don’t think it’s really necessary at times to go into. There’s times when it is absolutely clearly is specific.
There’s other times when it’s a little bit gray and it’s a little bit of wear and tear, so that’s what I leave it at.” Boone hoped Judge would play Thursday and said LHP Wandy Peralta probably would be available Thursday following the trade from San Francisco on Tuesday.
Orioles: Manager Brandon Hyde said OF Anthony Santander (sprained left ankle) is improving but has yet to begin baseball activities. Santander was injured April 20 at Miami. “It’s a two-to-four-week injury, and I’m assuming it’s going to be more like four weeks,” Hyde said.
Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (1-1, 4.57 ERA), who is 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in eight starts against Baltimore, goes Thursday.
Orioles: RHP Jorge López (1-3, 8.15), who surrendered four runs in 4 2/3 innings in an April 5 loss to the Yankees in the Bronx, faces New York again in the finale of the four-game series.
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