Two homers by Aaron Judge, Gerrit Cole on the mound and the Orioles in the Bronx.
What could go wrong for the Yankees?
On Monday, no one batted but Judge, Cole gave up a season-high five runs and the Orioles, who had won three of four — all with walk-off hits — sent the Yankees to a third straight loss, 6-4, for the first time in the year 2022.
It seemed a particularly unlikely outcome when the Yankees gave Cole a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Cole had gone 4-0 in his last five starts with a 1.67 ERA — all Yankees win.
He batted a season-high 11 and did not walk a batter Monday but was finished off by five hits in the Orioles’ third four-run period.
Judge continued to terrorize opposing pitchers and drilled a solo shot with one into the bottom of first Jordan Lyles – who was making his fourth start against the Yankees this season.
It was a 112 mph laser that hit the back of the visitor’s bullpen left center.
Judge added a second homer in the fifth to level the game and has an MLB-best 17 in the season.
The Yankees took advantage of more mistakes from Orioles in the second round as Lyles put the struggling Aaron Hicks ahead.
Estevan Florial followed up with a grounder in first, where Ryan Mountcastle threw for power to second, but shortstop Chris Owings missed the ball, allowing Hicks to advance to third.
With runners in the corners and nobody out, Jose Trevino hit the center to meet Hicks and make it 2-0.
But they couldn’t add more as after a failed Bunt attempt, Marwin Gonzalez – stepping in at third base – hit and Anthony Rizzo landed in a double play.
Cole pulled back the first six batters he faced before Ramon Urias led the third with a double down the left field line.
After a wild pitch, Robinson Chirinos boomed an RBI double into the right-center gap to reduce the Yankees’ lead to 2-1.
Cedric Mullins’ one-out single to the left sent Chirinos into third place before a wild throw sent Urias into third place. Mullins was second and Austin Hays’ single run with two runs to center gave Baltimore a 3-2 lead.
Trey Mancini’s single right was Baltimore’s fifth of the inning, prompting pitching coach Matt Blake to pay Cole a visit. A team from Mountcastle drove into Hays to make it 4-2.
Cole rebounded in the fourth and in turn hit the side.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a hard grounder after third to open the bottom of fourth, but it was called a foul by third base umpire Doug Eddings. Replays seemed to indicate it was a fair ball. Kiner-Falefa later lashed out in the at-bat.
Cole batted the first two batters in the fifth before Rizzo made a mistake on a Hays grounder and singled Mancini with a flare to the left before Cole ended the inning with another strikeout, this one from Mountcastle.
Judge’s second blast of the night, a two-run shot and an out in the fifth, ended the game 4-4.
It was his fourth multi-homer game of the season.
But Cole allowed Urias a two-out homer in opposite field in the sixth to put the Yankees back in a one-run hole.
Rizzo hit a flare single to the left with two outs in the seventh, ending Lyles’ night.
Facing right-hander Felix Bautista, Judge left but Giancarlo Stanton struck to end the threat.
Baltimore added an insurance run in the ninth from Wandy Peralta.
At the bottom of the inning against Jorge Lopez, Florial walked and pinch hitter DJ LeMahieu landed in a force out. Gonzalez hit in a double play to end it.
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