Ramón Urías hit a game-breaking sixth-inning homer against Gerrit Cole and the Baltimore Orioles withstood two homers from Aaron Judge to beat the Yankees, 6-4, on Monday night, sending New York to its third straight loss, a game-high of the season.
“I think we worked really well at bat,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “Gerrit Cole has great stuff. It’s an ace. He’s an ace for a reason and to be able to score some runs against him, I’m proud of our hitters.
Urías started Baltimore’s four-point third with a double down the left field line, then broke a tie at 4 by fielding a 0-1 fastball on the short porch to right field past Cole (4-1).
The Yankees, who started the day with the best record in the majors, are on their first three-game losing streak since dropping seven straight last September. Before being swept in Sunday’s doubleheader against the White Sox and losing their second straight to the Orioles, the Yankees had won 24 of 29.
“Yesterday tough double game against a good team and we couldn’t shoot anything there. And tonight we went on offense early and we’re playing an Orioles team that’s knocked out a few runs, got some big hits with some guys on the base,” Judge said.
Judge took his major league-leading home run total to 17, five ahead of Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez and Angels star Mike Trout. Judge hit his 31st and 32nd career home runs against Baltimore’s pitch when he connected in the first and fifth against Jordan Lyles (3-4).
It was Judge’s 20th career multi-home run game, fourth this season and seventh of his career against the Orioles.
Judge reached 20 games with multiple homers in his 612th career game. Only Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner has more at this point in his career when he played 24 multi-home runs in his first 612 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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“It’s really special,” manager Aaron Boone said. “I sometimes take it for granted, but not at the moment. He’s a really special player and obviously he really carries us forward.
Judge hit a solo six-pitch homer, sending a 1-1 offering into the Baltimore bullpen at left center. He then hit a two-run tying homer in the fifth, two innings after Cole allowed four runs.
Cole entered the game with a 1.67 ERA in his previous five outings and allowed a season-worst five runs and seven hits in eight innings. He struck out 11 for his 49th career double-digit batting game.
“It’s just a special night,” Cole said. “I think this round is just a little hard to digest.”
Cole didn’t walk one either, scoring his 20th career double-figure batting without a walk, the second most in the majors since 2014.
“A weird night tonight with Gerrit,” Boone said. “He was really mostly dominant.”
Lyles survived becoming the last Baltimore pitcher to be taken deep by the judge and allowed four runs and five hits in 6 ⅔ innings. Felix Bautista followed Lyles’ season-high 117 shots out and knocked out Giancarlo Stanton with two goals after walking Judge.
That was the most throws by a Baltimore starter since Dylan Bundy threw 119 on May 17, 2019 against Cleveland.
Laughing Mets beat Giants
SAN FRANCISCO — Buck Showalter believes in this Mets offense, especially if his players continue to take hard hits like they did in Game 1 of the series against San Francisco.
Pete Alonso hit a first three-run homer moments after Francisco Lindor’s even double, and the Mets kept hitting all night to rout the stumbling Giants 13-3 on Monday.
” We were lucky. We had a lot of not very firm balls but that’s what happens when you fight to put the ball in play, some things like that can happen,” Showalter said after the coach celebrated his 66th birthday. . “Guys keep grinding at bat and good things are happening. Keep the desire like these guys. They just got into a real pass-fire thing.
Jeff McNeil added a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Mark Canha followed it up with a solo practice when he returned to the Bay Area after playing for the Oakland Athletics. It was the second time the Mets have connected for consecutive home runs this year.
“Lots of fun, lots of energy today – happy birthday Buck,” McNeil said. “The team celebrated and it was a lot of fun. We started off a little slow there too, and managed to pick him up and give him a nice win on his birthday.
Brandon Crawford put the Giants on the board first with a two-run homer in the second off left-hander David Peterson (2-0), throwing in place of Max Scherzer with the right-handed ace out by an oblique stump.
“I like the way he reacted after the home run. It was a good shot in the arm for him to go six rounds,” Showalter said.
JD Davis came out of a slump with four hits for the NL East Mets, who are on a grueling streak with 16 games in 16 days. They won for the fifth time in six games and were delighted with sunny skies and warm temperatures in San Francisco – at least until the end of the innings – after coming out of a snowstorm in Colorado.
Eduardo Escobar contributed a two-run double in the ninth as the Mets finished with 18 hits. Davis had an RBI double in the sixth and a scoring single in the ninth for New York (29-15), which set a season high for scoring and moved a record 14 games above .500.
Alex Cobb (3-2) was scored for 10 hits in his second straight start.
“He understands there are challenges right now. We’re not making as many plays as possible,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.