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Judge Homers Twice in Yankees Win, Narrowly Missing a Third

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BALTIMORE — The brand new wall in left field at Camden Yards served its purpose, denying Aaron Judge a house run on his 399-foot drive in the primary inning.

“I learned my lesson and decided to go to right field after that,” he said.

The ballpark couldn’t hold Judge’s next two hits, a pair of solo homers that gave him a significant league-leading 14, and helped the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. Judge and reliever Michael King were the most important stars of this victory, Recent York’s twentieth in its last 23 games.

Judge’s two homers went 410 and 422 feet, in line with Statcast, after his double was just below 400. Judge’s response to the brand new dimensions at Camden Yards was about what you’d expect from a right-handed slugger.

“It’s a travesty man. I’m pretty upset,” Judge said. “It looks like a create-a-park now. I didn’t prefer it because I all the time like coming here and playing here. Hopefully perhaps in a pair years they will put it back in.”

Ramón Urías homered for the Orioles, who matched a season high with their fifth straight loss. Down by 5-3, Baltimore managed a run against Aroldis Chapman within the ninth on a two-out double by Ryan McKenna. With men on second and third, Chapman retired Cedric Mullins on a foul pop for his ninth save in nine possibilities.

“Chill out, all right? Don’t attempt to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls, it’s more democratic.”

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Jameson Taillon (4-1) allowed three runs in five-plus innings. King got here on after a leadoff double within the sixth and retired all nine of his hitters with six strikeouts before giving method to Chapman.

Tyler O’Neill redeemed himself after setting a Cardinals record for a doubleheader with six strikeouts, beating out a tiebreaking infield single within the ninth inning as St. Louis beat the Mets, 4-3, Tuesday night to separate their twin bill.

After the Mets tied it within the eighth, St. Louis drew two walks against Joely Rodríguez (0-2) within the ninth. Pinch-hitter Nolan Arenado struck out against ex-Rockies teammate Adam Ottavino for the second out.

O’Neill then hit a weak roller off Ottavino. Sure-handed third baseman Eduardo Escobar charged hard but double clutched on the ball, allowing the speedy O’Neill to achieve first while Brendan Donovan scored from third.

Giovanny Gallegos allowed one-out singles to Dominic Smith and Luis Guillorme within the ninth, then struck out Mark Canha and Francisco Lindor for his seventh save.

Paul Goldschmidt had three hits within the nightcap as St. Louis played its first doubleheader this yr. He also homered within the opener, but Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith helped the Mets chip away at Miles Mikolas, and Trevor Williams was sharp in a spot start in a 3-1 win.

Recent York tied the late game on McNeil’s R.B.I. single with one out within the eighth — one batter after Escobar reached on a dropped third strike. Ryan Helsley (2-0) got Escobar to whiff at a breaking ball, but catcher Andrew Knizner also missed it with a stab within the dirt.

Mets leadoff man Brandon Nimmo ended a 26-game on-base streak within the opener and left the nightcap after fouling a ball off his right knee.

Canha and Escobar gave the Mets early leads with solo homers in Game 2, but St. Louis erased them with Goldschmidt’s first R.B.I. double and Tommy Edman’s R.B.I. triple.

Goldschmidt made it 3-2 with one other double within the fifth against Mets starter Taijuan Walker, who gave up three runs in five innings. The appropriate-hander got a bases-loaded lineout from the struggling O’Neill for his final out, ending with 4 strikeouts, two walks and 7 hits allowed.

O’Neill was given Sunday and Monday off with hopes of shaking off a slow begin to the season. He entered Tuesday hitting .193 with two homers and a .561 on-base plus slugging percentage, then went 2 for 9 with six strikeouts, most ever by a Cardinals player in a doubleheader, in line with SNY.

The 2-time Gold Glove-winning left fielder also let a foul pop-up drop in front of him during Recent York’s eighth-inning rally in Game 2, his second misplay of the day on a ball in that area.

Ex-Mets pitcher Steven Matz accomplished five innings for the Cardinals, allowing two runs on three hits. Matz made his second start at Citi Field since Recent York traded him to Toronto after the 2020 season.

McNeil and Smith each had two hits in Game 1, including an RBI double apiece within the third inning. McNeil also narrowly missed a homer foul during a 12-pitch at-bat against Mikolas in the primary and Smith singled and scored on a groundout within the second.

“Lots of good at-bats,” Mets Manager Buck Showalter said. “We didn’t strike out a complete lot off him until afterward. He’s an excellent one. He’s got quite a lot of weapons.”

Recent York, coming off its first series loss this yr against Seattle, has won 12 straight games following a defeat.

Williams threw 4 scoreless innings in a spot start for injured Tylor Megill. Jake Reed (1-0) walked two of his first three hitters but still followed Williams with two scoreless innings in his 2022 debut.

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