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Aaron Judge Continues to Rake With Two Homers in Loss

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Ramón Urías hit a tiebreaking homer within the sixth inning off Gerrit Cole and the Baltimore Orioles withstood Aaron Judge’s two home runs to beat the Yankees, 6-4, Monday night, sending Latest York to its season-high third straight loss.

“I assumed we grinded out at-bats very well,” Baltimore Manager Brandon Hyde said. “Gerrit Cole’s got great stuff. He’s an ace. He’s an ace for a reason and to have the option to place some runs up on the board against him, I’m happy with our hitters.”

Urías began Baltimore’s four-run third with a double down the left field line, then snapped a 4-all tie by lining an 0-1 fastball to the short porch in right field off Cole (4-1).

The Yankees, who began the day with one of the best record within the majors, are on their first three-game losing streak since dropping seven straight last September. Before getting swept in Sunday’s doubleheader to the White Sox and losing their second straight to the Orioles, the Yankees had won 24 of 29.

“Yesterday, tough doubleheader against an excellent team and we couldn’t pull anything on the market. And tonight we got the offense going early and we’re playing against an Orioles team that scrapped out some runs, got some big time hits with guys on base,” Judge said.

Judge upped his major league-leading home run total to 17, five ahead of Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez and Angels star Mike Trout. Judge hit his thirty first and thirty second profession homers against Baltimore pitching when he connected in the primary and fifth off Jordan Lyles (3-4).

It was Judge’s twentieth profession multi-homer game, fourth this season and seventh in his profession against the Orioles.

Judge reached 20 multi-homer games in his 612th profession game. Only Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner at more at this stage of his profession when he had 24 multi-homer games through his first 612 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“It’s really special,” Manager Aaron Boone said. “I sometimes take it as a right but not right away. He’s a extremely special player and clearly really carrying us offensively.

Judge hit a solo homer six pitches in, sending a 1-1 offering into Baltimore’s bullpen in left-center. He then hit a tying, two-run homer within the fifth, two innings after Cole allowed 4 runs.

Cole entered the sport with a 1.67 E.R.A. in his previous five outings and allowed a season-worst five runs and 7 hits in eight innings. He struck out 11 for his forty ninth profession double-digit strikeout game.

“It’s only a peculiar night,” Cole said. “I believe that inning is just a bit tough to digest.”

Cole also walked none, marking his twentieth profession double-digit strikeout game with out a walk, the second-most within the majors since 2014.

“A weird night tonight with Gerrit,” Boone said. “He was really for probably the most part dominant.”

Lyles survived becoming the newest Baltimore pitcher to be taken deep by Judge and allowed 4 runs and five hits in 6 ⅔ innings. Félix Bautista followed Lyles’ season-high 117-pitch outing and struck out Giancarlo Stanton with two on after walking Judge.

It was most pitches by a Baltimore starter since Dylan Bundy threw 119 on May 17, 2019, against Cleveland.

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