Gardner, Holliday HRs carry Yankees over Orioles 8-3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday each homered twice, Aaron Judge drove in two runs and the New York Yankees received a solid pitching performance from Luis Severino in an 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
Gardner set the tone for the AL East leaders by connecting on the third pitch from Chris Tillman (1-2), who had not allowed a home run in his previous four starts this season.
Holliday went deep in the first inning and again in the third, his 22nd career multihomer game.
Gardner's second solo shot sparked a three-run fourth that made it 8-0.
Severino (4-2) gave up one run and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out eight and walking one. Although the right-hander's run of 17 consecutive scoreless innings ended in the sixth, he has gone four straight starts without allowing a home run for the first time in his career.
Trey Mancini had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who have lost eight of nine and 14 of 18. Three-time All-Star Manny Machado went 0 for 5 with four strikeouts, lowering his batting average to .210.
Tillman lasted only 2 2/3 innings, yielding five runs and seven hits — three of them homers. Tillman went 16-6 last year, but he started this season on the disabled list and has been inconsistent since being activated on May 7.
After jumping to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, New York got an RBI single from Aaron Hicks in the second. Holliday's second solo homer and an RBI single by Chase Headley made it 5-0 in the third, and a two-run double by Judge in the fourth completed the Yankees' offensive thrust.