Brett Gardner went 4-for-6 with a two-run home run and three RBIs while Luis Cessa threw six scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-2 in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score
Things to know about Monday's game
1) Gardner hit his seventh homer of the season when he launched a Yefry Ramirez fastball over the right-field fence in the fourth inning to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead.
2) Cessa (1-1) struck out four batters in six innings, allowing three hits and three walks. Though he never retired the side in order in any inning, he kept the Orioles off the board as they went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position off him.
3) Didi Gregorius went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the first inning while Austin Romine went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a two-run homer in the Yankees' four-run eighth inning.
4) Every Yankee in the starting lineup had at least one hit.
5) Ramirez (0-3) allowed four runs and nine hits in four innings.
Highlights from Monday's game
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Baseball is a funny game. If one asked me which game the Yankees had a better shot of winning, I would have said Game 1 with CC Sabathia on the hill. However, Sabathia was bested by Baltimore, while Cessa shined in Game 2.
Cessa has been much maligned (by myself included), but he was on his game and shut down the Orioles helping the Yankees to a split in the doubleheader. Cessa will be sent back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with Masahiro Tanaka set to return to the rotation.
On the offensive side, the Yankees broke it open over the last two innings, banging out a total of 17 hits with Gardner, who almost hit for the cycle, leading the way. Gardner has not been as prolific at the plate this season as last, but the club still revolves around the 34-year-old. Gardner maintains the ability to jumpstart an offense and the Yankees will be better served with him performing at the top of his game. Gardner might be in the midst of a patented hot streak, notching nine hits in his last 22 at-bats.
Tanaka (7-2, 4.58 ERA) returns from the disabled list and will face Andrew Cashner (2-9, 4.39 ERA) in the third game of a four-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.