Judge helps Yankees rout Orioles
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge had a pair of three-run homers for a careerbest six RBIs, Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer that chased Wade Miley with one out in a six-run first inning and the New York Yankees routed the fading Baltimore Orioles 13-5 on Thursday.
Judge hit an opposite-field drive over New York’s bullpen in right-center in the fourth against Mike Wright, then lined a 448-foot drive into the second deck in left in the sixth off Rich Rodriguez. The Yankees rookie, who had been in a slump following the All-Star break, now has 43 homers and 96 RBIs.
Gary Sanchez added his 31st homer to go back-to-back with Judge in the sixth, and New York rolled to a 13-2 lead and its ninth victory in 12 games. Masahiro Tanaka (12-11) won for the fourth time in five starts, allowing two solo homers in seven innings while striking out eight.
Starting a stretch that has them home for 14 of their final 17 games, the American League wild card-leading Yankees remained three games behind AL East leader Boston.
Baltimore’s Jonathan Schoop hit his 32nd homer in the fourth and Trey Mancini his 24th in the sixth, a drive to the second deck in right.
Miley (8-13) lasted 19 pitches as six of seven batters who faced him reached with hits. It was the shortest of his 194 big league starts.