Aaron Judge had two home runs to back up Masahiro Tanaka's strong outing to lead the Yankees to a 13-5 win over the Orioles on Thursday. >> Box score
The Yankees scored six runs in the first inning. Gary Sanchez and Chase Headley had RBI singles, while Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer.
Judge hit a three-home run in the fourth and went deep again in the sixth, hitting a solo shot, to give him 43 homers on the season. He had three hits overall and had a career-high six RBIs on the night.
Tanaka struck out eight batters and allowed just two runs -- two solo homers -- in seven innings. Bryan Mitchell allowed two runs on three hits and Giovanny Gallegos allowed a run in mop-up duty in the ninth.
The Yankees offense had been putting together big innings of late, but that was the only scoring in those games. Tonight they started off with a huge first inning, but kept tacking on. The performance is exactly what they need against pitcher's of Miley's ilk.
Judge seems to be most of the way back after two miserable months, Todd Frazier is hitting the long ball and Sanchez remains hot. Judge and Sanchez hitting back-to-back home runs could be something we see for a long time in the Bronx.
As for Tanaka, he turned in a nice bounce back effort in a game that is more difficult to pitch in than some may think. Tanaka worked like he had a one-run lead throughout and fared well pitching through the seventh inning. Tanaka being strong over his last few starts is important because if the Yankees are able to get into the division series and succeed, they'll need him at this best.
The Yankees and Orioles will return to action on Friday at 7: 05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. Gabriel Ynoa (1-1, 4.19 ERA) will face Luis Severino (12-6, 2.96 ERA).