Hicks hits 2 HRs, Montgomery pitches Yankees past O's 8-2

  • Hicks hits 2 HRs, Montgomery pitches Yankees past O's 8-2

Hicks hits 2 HRs, Montgomery pitches Yankees past O's 8-2

Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees lock horns in the first of the three-game series tonight.

Baltimore hit two more doubles, giving them four in a row, off reliever Chasen Shreve that reduced the Yankees' lead to 5-3. The O's are suddenly 6 1/2 games out; the Red Sox 3 1/2 out heading into their Sunday night game against the Tigers.

Matt Holliday hit a two-run single in the fourth inning, and Aaron Hicks hit a two-run double before Judge's second homer as the Yankees reached double digits in runs for the 11th time and the fifth time against the Orioles. A day after crushing a missile home run that left his bat at 121.1 miles per hour - the fastest hit ever recorded - Judge unloaded on a hanging slider from former Met Logan Verrett in the bottom of the sixth inning, smashing a moonshot over the left-field bleachers.

The Yankees are looking to uncover a hole in their farm system that is not covered by players who are, not only well on their way to the majors, but are potentially blocked by others already with spots on the team for years to come. I've watched and been to plenty of Yankee games. "We made a lot of them tonight". "If everyone stays healthy, who knows what we're going to be able to do?"

After scoring at least eight runs a game in each of the past four games, it probably wouldn't be surprising to see a 2-1 pitcher's duel in the series finale against the Orioles.

-Gary Sanchez was 2-for-4 tonight and is 5-for-12 with two homers, six RBI, and six runs scored in three games since moving to the No. 6 slot. "I just came in, tried to give guys high-fives and they wouldn't give it back", Judge said with a smile. He said he hasn't felt any discomfort since the day he went on the DL.

Oh hey! And Aaron Judge didn't stop there.

The third-place Rangers improved to just 10-18 on the road while the first-place Nationals are 17-10 at home.

But after hitting his second home run of the afternoon the next inning, he got the cold shoulders from his teammates.

Well, the Yanks were back at it again on Sunday.

Montgomery has been a solid addition to the Yankees rotation and snapped a four-start winless streak by holding the Toronto Blue Jays scoreless on three hits in six innings on Saturday.

Shreve got Adam Jones on a comebacker before Mark Trumbo struck out - after Girardi questioned home-plate umpire Alan Porter's call that Trumbo tipped the ball and it hit the dirt.

Would anyone have believed that that rookie would take barely two months to become the most sensational act in the Bronx (sorry, Chase Headley) and perhaps baseball altogether, with his homers setting Statcast records in subsequent days?

Matt Barnes (4-2) pitched the top of the eighth and got the win and Craig Kimbrel worked a flawless ninth for the 18th save of his dominant season.