NEW YORK -- Luis Severino permitted just two hits while striking out eight in an electric seven-inning performance and Aaron Judge hit his Major League-leading 19th homer -- one of five hit by the Yankees -- in a 16-3 drubbing of the Orioles on Saturday evening at Yankee Stadium.Severino retired
NEW YORK -- Luis Severino permitted just two hits while striking out eight in an electric seven-inning performance and Aaron Judge hit his Major League-leading 19th homer -- one of five hit by the Yankees -- in a 16-3 drubbing of the Orioles on Saturday evening at Yankee Stadium.
Severino retired the first 12 men he faced before issuing a walk to open the fifth inning. Trey Mancini stroked a one-out single two batters later to break up Severino's no-hit bid. Baltimore was unable to mount any semblance of a response after Judge and Didi Gregorius homered in a six-run first inning, helping the Yanks win their fourth straight.
"When you go out there and you've got six runs in one inning, you just have to make pitches and throw strikes," Severino said. "You just want to go there and attack and throw your good pitches."
Over Severino's last five starts, he is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA, holding opponents to five earned runs in 33 1/3 innings.
"He was really good tonight. He was calm out there," catcher Gary Sanchez said. "He was commanding his fastball low outside. The slider, the changeup was really good. Basically, he's doing the same thing he has been doing of late. Same Severino."
Judge's blast was the hardest hit in the Statcast™ era, calculated at 121.1 mph. The rookie slugger finished the evening 3-for-4 with a double, homer, three runs scored and three RBIs, and now owns each of the four hardest-hit balls in the Majors this year.
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New York sent 10 men to the plate in the first against Chris Tillman, who permitted nine runs in 1 1/3 innings before being chased by Starlin Castro's three-run homer. Matthew Holliday and Sanchez later went deep, as every Yankees starter had at least one hit.
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"We're just not missing our pitch," Judge said. "We're battling, we're getting deep into counts, and when they leave something over the middle, we're doing some damage. When the team is doing that up and down the lineup, good things will happen."
Chris Davis and Joey Rickard homered for the O's, who have lost eight straight road games, their longest such skid since 2010.
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Ludicrous speed: Tillman retired the first two batters he faced before leaving an 84.5-mph, 1-0 changeup over the heart of the plate to Judge, who made him pay with a rocket to left field that got out in just 3.6 seconds. Judge's homer started a sequence in which each of the next six hitters would reach base, with Sanchez collecting a two-run single, Gregorius hitting a two-run homer and Chris Carter knocking an RBI single.
"We're an offense that can score real quick," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We score in bunches because of the power that we have. I look at that first inning, we had two outs and nobody on. The next thing you know, we have six runs, seven straight guys get on. That's not easy to do."
Star bright: Castro put an end to Tillman's brief outing with a long three-run homer in the second inning, prompting Orioles manager Buck Showalter to end the right-hander's night after 45 pitches. Tillman's average fastball velocity is down this season, leading him to throw more sliders and changeups, a scouting report the Yankees surely made note of. Castro's homer was projected at 452 feet, his longest of the Statcast™ era.
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"Just a lot of issues with location and stuff," said Showalter. "They're good hitters. They make you pay for the mistakes. [Tillman] made a lot of them. We made a lot of them tonight."
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Caleb Joseph's RBI single off Tommy Layne in the ninth inning snapped an 0-for-45 stretch by Yankees opponents with runners in scoring position, dating back to May 31 (Adam Jones' RBI single). It was the longest such stretch since Expos pitchers held opponents 0-for-45 with RISP in 1982.
Orioles: Right-hander Kevin Gausman takes the mound on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET in the final game of the series looking to continue his previous success at Yankee Stadium. He is 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 10 games lifetime in the Bronx.
Yankees: With the struggling Masahiro Tanaka pushed back to Monday, Chad Green will face the Orioles in the series finale.
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.
Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.