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Anthony Rizzo’s three-homer game lifts Yankees over Orioles in series opener

The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 12-8, in the series opener on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Luis Severino got the start for New York and was perfect through four and took a no-hitter into the seventh. Then, former Yankee Jorge Mateo broke it up with a one-out single to left. Severino surrendered four runs on three hits over six innings while striking out five and walking two.

The Yankees bullpen struggled as they combined to allow four runs. Lucas Luetge allowed three while Jonathan Loasiga allowed one. Clay Holmes and Aroldis Chapman each recorded scoreless appearances.

Anthony Rizzo led the offense with his first career three-homer game. He also collected six RBI.

Rizzo put the Yankees up 3-0 in the third with a three-run shot just over the right-field wall.

Joey Gallo extended the lead in the fourth with his first home run of the season.

In the fifth, Rizzo homered again, this time a two-run shot to right to make it 6-0.

Baltimore cut New York’s lead to three in the sixth after Anthony Santander drilled a three-run homer just over the left-field wall.

The Orioles added another run in the top half of the seventh to cut the Yankees lead to just two. Ramon Urias lined a single to right and Rougned Odor slid in just ahead of the tag at the plate. However, the Yankees responded in the bottom half of the inning. Giancarlo Stanton grounded one through the right for a RBI single and Gleyber Torres ripped a three-run triple into the gap in left-center to put the Yankees up 10-4.

In the eighth, Baltimore scored four runs to make it a two-run game once again. Trey Mancini grounded a RBI single to center and Austin Hays belted a three-run homer to left.

Aaron Judge celebrated his birthday by crushing a solo home run to left in the eighth. Then, Rizzo followed that with his third homer of the game to make it 12-8. The ball just snuck inside the right-field foul pole. Rizzo leads Major League Baseball with eight home runs.

LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single to right-center in the fifth. Isiah Kiner-Falefa also extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single to center in the second.

Jordan Montgomery gets the ball on Wednesday night as the Yankees look to secure their third consecutive series win. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.