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Aaron Judge blasts 2 HRs as Yankees edge Orioles

May 17, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) scores in the first inning on a double by Aaron Judge (not shown) against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Judge went 4-for-5 with two home runs and drove in three runs to lead the New York Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the host Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.

With the game tied 3-3 in the sixth, the Yankees took the lead when Gleyber Torres scored on DJ LeMahieu’s groundout to shortstop.

The Yankees extended their lead to 5-3 in the seventh when Josh Donaldson, who had doubled, scored on an error by shortstop Ramon Urias.

Jameson Taillon (4-1) picked up the win by allowing three earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and a walk over five-plus innings.

Michael King struck out six of the nine batters he faced while holding the Orioles scoreless for the next three innings.

Aroldis Chapman retired the first two hitters in the ninth before allowing consecutive singles to Tyler Nevin and Robinson Chirinos followed by a double to left by Ryan McKenna that scored Nevin to make it 5-4. Chirinos advanced to third.

However, Chapman secured his ninth save by getting Cedric Mullins to pop out to third.

Spenser Watkins allowed two earned runs on four hits with a strikeout and three walks in just four innings. He was relieved by Joey Krehbiel, who gave up a run in the fifth before Dillon Tate (0-2) gave up a run in the sixth.

After the Yankees took a 1-0 lead on Judge’s run-scoring double that plated LeMahieu in the first, the Orioles tied the game on their first at-bat on Urias’ solo home run to right-center field.

Judge’s 410-foot blast to right-center field gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the third inning, but the Orioles rallied to take a 3-2 lead in the fourth. The Orioles tied the game at two when Trey Mancini scored on an error by Torres before Nevin’s sacrifice fly scored Rougned Odor.

Judge tied the game with his second home run of the night, a 422-foot blast over the center-field fence in the fifth inning.

–Field Level Media