Corey Kluber has his best start in two years to gain his first victory for the Yankees, Kyle Higashioka homered again as he gains playing time from Gary Sánchez and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 Tuesday night.
Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton also homered — the Yankees are 9-0 when they go deep in the same game, including the playoffs. New York stopped a four-game skid at Camden Yards and at 10-13 moved into a tie with the Orioles for last in the AL East.
Kluber (1-2), who signed an $11 million, one-year contract as a free agent, permitted one run and six hits with five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. Kluber has come back from two injury-marred seasons and became the first Yankees starter other than Gerrit Cole to pitch into the seventh inning this season.
It was Kluber’s longest outing since seven innings versus Atlanta on April 20, 2019.
New York had 12 hits, and for the first time this year the Nos. 1/3 hitters in the Yankees batting order had multiple hits.
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DJ LeMahieu doubled leading off and scored on a flyout by Gio Urshela; the Yankees had been the only major league team without a sacrifice fly this season.
Judge hit his fifth homer in the third, and the Yankees made it 4-0 in the fourth on a home run by Higashioka and an RBI single by Urshela that ended the night for rookie Bruce Zimmermann (1-3), who gave up nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Higashioka went 2 for 4 and is batting .320 with four home runs and six RBI in 25 at-bats. Sanchez is batting .182 with two homers and four RBI in 55 at-bats, including a 2-for-28 slide.
Maikel Franco had an RBI infield single in the fourth off Kluber, who kept the Orioles off-balance with his changeup, sinker and cutter,
Stanton hit a 434-foot homer in the seventh that boosted the lead to 5-1 off Dillon Tate. Stanton leads the Yankees with six homers.
Esteban Loaisiga permitted one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings, throwing 15 of 28 pitches at 98 mph or higher, including a career-high 100.2 mph. Lucas Luetge followed with a perfect ninth.
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