Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday both hit two home runs while Luis Severino shut down the Baltimore Orioles in the New York Yankees' 8-3 win on Tuesday at Camden Yards. >> Box score
Gardner and Holliday both hit solo home runs in the first inning off Chris Tillman (1-2) to give the Yankees an early 2-0 lead. Holliday's second home run of the game made it 4-0.
Gardner's fourth-inning homer off Logan Verrett made it 6-0.
Severino (4-2) struck out eight batters and allowed one run and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Over his last three starts, he is 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings.
The 23-year-old Severino pitched out of two bases-loaded jams, striking out J.J. Hardy to end the second inning and Joey Rickard to end the sixth.
Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the fourth inning.
The Yankees have been touting the youth movement this season and rightfully so. The team benefitted from Severino, its youngest rostered player, who tossed another fine game, lowering his earned run average to 2.93 for the season. Severino's performance aside, the night was punctuated by two of the Yankees' veteran players, Gardner and Holliday.
Gardner, who was off to a miserable start in April -- .205/.318/.329 with just five extra-base hits -- has been red hot this month. Gardner's nine home runs in May is a career high for any month in his career, and this streak has at least momentarily quelled any notion that the Yankees will put the left fielder on the trade market this summer.
I considered the Holliday signing a shrewd one from the get-go because I felt he could produce solid offensive numbers by staying off the field and in the designated hitter role. Perhaps as importantly, Holliday's veteran presence in the locker room was going to be needed after the loss of Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Holliday has filled both roles admirably.
Masahiro Tanaka (5-4, 5.86 ERA) faces Kevin Gausman (2-4, 6.17 ERA) in the rubber game of the three-game series on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.