Mike Ford put the Yankees ahead in the second inning with his second home run in 16 at-bats this season, an opposite-field drive to left, and cleanup hitter Gio Urshela made it 5-0 with a three-run homer in the four-run third.
New York has won five of seven. The Yankees scored their most runs since getting a season-high eight on April 11 and pitched their second shutout this season — both have come against the Orioles.
“We scored seven and obviously we’ll take that every time,” manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s also one of those games we probably could have scored more the way the guys swung the bat.”
Baltimore fell to 3-10 at home this season.
Germán (2-2), who missed the 2020 season while serving a domestic violence suspension, beat Cleveland on April 22 in his return from the alternate site for his first victory in 588 days. His ERA, which was 9.00 when he was sent down, was cut to 4.05 after four appearances.
He allowed three hits and a walk in seven innings with six strikeouts, joining ace Gerrit Cole as the only Yankees to pitch seven innings this season. Germán mixed 26 fastballs, 24 curves, 21 sinkers and 21 changeups.
He didn’t yield a hit until Ryan Mountcastle’s infield single with two outs in the fifth and didn’t allow a runner to reach second until two outs in the seventh, a threat ended when he struck out Mountcastle and celebrated as he walked back to the dugout.
“I felt I needed to express some emotion there,” Germán said through a translator. “I felt like in a way it’s letting people know that I am back. I feel better than before, and I think I’m just getting started now.”
It was Germán’s longest outing since a seven-inning effort on Aug. 13, 2019 --- the previous time he faced Baltimore.
A day after King was recalled from the alternate training site, the 25-year-old right-hander finished and improved to 11 shutout innings this season. He was optioned back to the alternate site after the game.
Dean Kremer (0-2), recalled earlier in the day from Baltimore’s alternate training site, allowed six runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four.
“I probably didn’t get ahead as much as I should have, and every time I came into the zone down in the count, they capitalized,” Kremer said.
AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu had his 88th multihit game for the Yankees.
Frazier became the 13th Yankee thrown out on the bases --- in the season’s 24th game — when he was tagged out at third. That matched New York’s total from all of last year’s 60-game season.
Boone said RF Aaron Judge is “is just a little banged up on the trip in a number of areas in the lower body.” Boone defended his lack of specifics “because I think there’s multiple minor things that pop up that I don’t think it’s really necessary at times to go into. There’s times when it is absolutely clearly is specific. There’s other times when it’s a little bit gray and it’s a little bit of wear and tear, so that’s what I leave it at.” Boone hoped Judge would play Thursday and said LHP Wandy Peralta probably would be available Thursday following the trade from San Francisco on Tuesday.
Orioles: Manager Brandon Hyde said OF Anthony Santander (sprained left ankle) is improving but has yet to begin baseball activities. Santander was injured April 20 at Miami. “It’s a two-to-four-week injury, and I’m assuming it’s going to be more like four weeks,” Hyde said.
Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (1-1, 4.57 ERA), who is 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in eight starts against Baltimore, goes Thursday.
Orioles: RHP Jorge López (1-3, 8.15), who surrendered four runs in 4 2/3 innings in an April 5 loss to the Yankees in the Bronx, faces New York again in the finale of the four-game series.
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