Corey Kluber pitched effectively into the seventh inning for his first win in more than two years, Kyle Higashioka homered and the visiting New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 Tuesday night at Camden Yards.
The Yankees won for the fifth time in eight games following a five-game losing streak thanks to Kluber’s longest outing of the season and an offense that produced three homers and 12 hits.
Kluber (1-2) allowed one run on six hits and allowed three runs or less in his seventh straight start against the Orioles. Throwing mostly cutters and curveballs, Kluber struck out five, walked two and threw 96 pitches.
Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton also homered for the Yankees, who hit more than two homers for only the second time this season. Gio Urshela drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a single as New York snapped a four-game losing streak in Baltimore.
Kluber pitched with a lead all night long as Urshela lifted a sacrifice fly four batters into the game off Baltimore left-hander Bruce Zimmermann (1-3).
Judge made it 2-0 when he blasted a 1-1 fastball over the left field fence to open the third. Higashioka, who manager Aaron Boone said earlier Tuesday would see more playing time at catcher, made it 3-0 by lifting a first-pitch fastball over the right field fence to start the fourth.
The Yankees took a 4-0 lead on Urshela’s base hit later in the fourth and the Orioles got their first run on an infield hit by Maikel Franco in the bottom half of the frame.
After Kluber stranded two in the sixth, Stanton opened the seventh with his sixth homer when he hit an 0-1 slider to center field.
Kluber exited after allowing a single to Cedric Mullins that put runners on first and second. Mullins’ hit occurred after Judge made a leaping catch on Pat Valaika at the right field warning track.
Jonathan Loaisiga replaced Kluber and retired Trey Mancini to end the seventh. He also stranded two in the eighth by fanning Chance Sisco and Ryan Mountcastle.
Lucas Luetge finished up with a perfect ninth.
–Field Level Media