Yankees power past Orioles

Posted June 11, 2017

"I'm starting to trust myself a little more, just throwing it in there", Montgomery said. "We're getting deep into counts, and when you leave something over the middle, we're depositing it and doing some damage".

Pinch hitter Caleb Joseph added a ninth-inning RBI single which ended an 0-for-45 stretch for opponents with runners in scoring position against NY. Despite his losing streak, the Yankees began Friday with a three-game lead in the AL East.

"He was really good", manager Joe Girardi quickly surmised of his lefty. "There's a lot of power in this lineup, and we can score quickly". The lefty gave up two runs in seven innings as the Yankees beat the Orioles 8-2 in front of a sellout crowd. He struck out eight and won his third straight decision.

Tillman (1-4) was tagged for nine runs in only 1 1/3 innings.

RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION: Caleb Joseph's pinch-hit single in the ninth was the first a Yankees opponent had with a runner in scoring position since May 31 when Jones had an RBI single at Oriole Park.

"Bad execution, real poor execution", Tillman said, "It felt like we got two quick outs and we were in such a hurry to get the breaking stuff going that it kind of snowballed real quick".

The Yankees extended the lead to 14-0 with one out in the fifth when Judge lined a double to left field off Edwin Jackson.

Chase Headley walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Chris Carter's single to make it 6-0. He has lost five straight outings.

"I've got nothing", Judge said with a laugh, after the Yankees enjoyed a laugher.

Montgomery earned his third victory of the season on Saturday, firing six shutout innings against the Blue Jays. He was ideal until walking Mark Trumbo to begin the fifth, and all of Severino's strikeouts came on swings. Baltimore RHP Darren O'Day was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder and RHP Stefan Crichton was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. It was a different story in the latest matchup between two promising 24-year-old arms. NY opponents had been 0-for-45 with runners in scoring position.

"The Yankees and Orioles have already met 3 times this season".

The exit velocity on Judge's solo shot was 121.1 miles per hour, making it the hardest hit home run recorded since Statcast began tracking the statistic in 2015. He will increase it to 35 pitches Monday and throw live batting practice Thursday. 1B Greg Bird (bruised right ankle) went 0 for 5 in his second game for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since his rehab assignment was moved from Class A Tampa. There is no timetable for his return.

"It's incredible", Joe Girardi said.

One is rookie southpaw Jordan Montgomery, who improved to 4-4 on Friday night. CF Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) will not join the club on their upcoming West Coast trip. Each Yankee starter had at least one hit, and six had multiple hits.

Masahiro Tanaka hasn't been living up to the advertising this season as the Yankees' ace. He's 5-6 overall after 12 starts, with a 6.55 ERA and 17 homers allowed in 66 innings.

Tanaka, who finished seventh in the American League Cy Young Award voting last season, is 5-6 with a 6.55 ERA through 12 starts this year.