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Yankees blow three-run lead in loss to Orioles

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Yankees blew a late 3-0 lead and fell to the Baltimore Orioles, 6-3, in the middle game of this three-game series on Saturday night at Oriole Park.

Gerrit Cole started for New York and surrendered four runs (three earned) on nine hits over six innings while walking two and striking out six.

The Yankees opened the scoring in the top of the first as Aaron Judge grounded one down the left-field line for a run-scoring double.

In the top of the second, Matt Carpenter smacked his 14th home run of the season to make it 2-0.

Judge collected his second RBI of the game in the top of the fourth with a bloop single to center.

Cedric Mullins put Baltimore on the board in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single to center. Adley Rutschman followed that with a run-scoring double to right to cut New York’s lead to 3-2.

The Orioles plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 4-3 lead. Jorge Mateo lined a game-tying RBI single to right and Mullins lifted a sacrifice fly to center.

Baltimore added some insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth as Ramon Urias launched a two-run home run over the wall in left-center.

The story of the night was runners in scoring position. The Yankees went 1-for-14 and left 11 runners on base.

The Yankees will try to bounce back on Sunday and take two of three from the Orioles with Nestor Cortes on the hill. The first pitch is set for 1:35 p.m.