GAME 1 RECAP:
There’s no place like home, but for the Yankees, Baltimore is a close second.
The Yankees won their 19th straight game against the Orioles, grinding out a 6-5, extra-innings win in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.
It also marked New York’s 18th consecutive win at Camden Yards, extending the franchise’s longest road winning streak against a single opponent and matching the longest such streak by an American League team in the modern era.
Miguel Andújar, called up earlier in the day from the alternate training site after Gio Urshela landed on the injured list, drove in the game-winner in the ninth.
“It’s not easy right now for us,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Proud of the guys for continuing to grind away and find a way. Did a lot of things a little unconventional today, but really good to go out and grab that first one.”
Jonathan Holder, who worked out of a jam in the eighth, scored the winning run when the Yankees — having lost their DH an inning earlier — were forced to run the pitcher at second base to open the ninth.
“Holder said that he actually felt like he was part of the team because he was able to actually do something,” said starter Michael King. “Him getting the ‘W’ and scoring the game-winning run is really cool.”
Playing their fourth doubleheader in a 10-day span, the Yankees fell behind quickly as Cedric Mullins launched a leadoff homer off King.
Gary Sánchez tied the game with a solo shot in the second against Thomas Eshelman, who made the spot start after Alex Cobb was scratched and placed on the injured list.
GAME 2 RECAP:
The Yankees fell to the Orioles 6-3 in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader.
In just his second career start, Deivi Garcia had a 1-2-3 first inning after getting Cedric Mullens to ground out and then striking out DJ Stewart and Renato Nunez.
Garcia got into some trouble in the second inning, allowing the first home run of his career to Ryan Mountcastle, which gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead.
Garcia finished the night after allowing four runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking two over 95 pitches and 4.2 innings of work.
After a Tyler Wade single in the top of the third inning, Wade found himself at third base after a wild pitch and throwing error. The Yanks then made it a 2-1 game thanks to a Thairo Estrada groundout RBI.
Brett Gardner walked to start the fourth inning, and moved all the way to third after Miguel Andújar reached base on a throwing error. Erik Kratz then drove in both runs on a line drive to left field, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.