Yankees break out big bats, but fall flat in series finale against Orioles

The Yankees walked into Camden Yards ready to do away with some birds. They broke out the big bats early on, but the Orioles had some of their own.

The Yankees lost 10-6 to the Orioles at Camden Yards Sunday.

“I mean that’s baseball,” Aaron Boone said after the game. “They put it on us a little bit. … I thought we came out with a good focus today and just couldn’t close it down.”

Jordan Montgomery, the Bombers’ starter, got through three innings before getting pulled. That was after he was tagged with five earned runs on six hits with 2 walks and four strikeouts. The Orioles made him load up his pitches and Montgomery dealt 61 pitches before having to work through Maikel Franco and Freddy Galvis, who he gave up a single and then a double to put the fourth and fifth runs on the board for the Birds in the third.

When asked why he thought he struggled, Montgomery said he didn’t know. Boone, however, said Montgomery looked like he was struggling placing his pitches, that the Orioles has some good at bats against him and that his secondary pitches weren’t as strong as usual.

Montgomery was replaced by Mike King, who allowed one more run and the Orioles took a one-run lead.

The loss lead put a damper on what started out looking like another Yankees runaway win.

“That’s baseball,” Montgomery also echoed. “A lot of things could have gone differently today, but just sucks because the hitters really gave me a lead and I let ‘em down.”

In the first inning, the Bombers piled on Orioles starter Adam Plutko. He walked DJ LeMahieu to start, then gave up back to back singles to Luke Voit and Aaron Judge to load the bases without recording an out. Gio Urshela grounded out into a double play, but LeMahieu was able to score.

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Then Gary Sanchez unleashed the Kraken and whacked a two-run homer over left field the very next at-bat to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Clint Frazier added his stamp of approval by knocking a solo home run right after Sanchez got back to the dugout.

“I’m really excited,” the Yankees manager said of Sanchez’s offensive production of late. “I feel like in a lot of ways, he’s in the best place right now that he’s been in a long, long time.”

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Judge joined the in on the monster mashing with a solo homer of his own in the third to help pull the Yankees lead away 5-2, not that it mattered by the close of the next half of that inning.

The Orioles refused to get swept by the Yankees on Sunday, piling on reliever after reliever thrown at them. With the exception of Lucas Luetge, who managed a clean sixth inning, Wandy Peralta and Luis Cessa gave up a combined four more earned runs, including a two-run homer to Franco in the seventh.

The Yankees travel to Texas to play a four-game series with the Rangers before heading back to the Bronx for a three-game series with the White Sox.

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