The New York Yankees ended their trip to Baltimore on a high Sunday by shutting out the Orioles 6-0.
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This victory, the "Bronx Bombers" owe it mainly to their pitchers. Starter Néstor Cortés (8-3), who spaced six hits in as many innings, also struck out seven batters. In relief, Clarke Schmidt gave almost nothing, signing a third save since the start of the campaign.
Aaron Judge hit his 37th homer of the season in the win, driving in two runs. DJ LeMahieu and Jose Trevino, with a double each, then Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Aaron Hicks, using singles, drove in the visitors' other runs.
Dean Kremer (3-2), meanwhile, suffered the loss as he gave up four runs, five strikes to safety and one walk in five and a third innings.
While the Yankees consolidate their position at the top, the Orioles, for their part, are last in the East Division of the American, half a game behind the Boston Red Sox.
The Yankees will now be back in New York for a short two-game series against the Mets beginning Tuesday.
The tamed Rays
In Kansas City, the Royals handed the Tampa Bay Rays their second straight loss, this time by a score of 4-2.
A Hunter Dozier single late in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie, then MJ Melendez drove in the insurance run with a double during the next at-bat.
The Florida team certainly had two runs on the board, but they were limited to five hits in this meeting. Among those is Yandy Diaz's fourth homer of the season.
Kris Bubic (2-6) saw victory on his record after teammate Taylor Clarke had a second save this season. Brooks Raley (1-1) for his part granted the point of victory.
The second straight loss means the Rays have slipped to third in the All-East East behind the Toronto Blue Jays.