Brett Gardner hit two homers with four RBI and Austin Romine drove in five runs with two hits as the Yankees offense continued its assault on Orioles pitching with a 12-4 victory Saturday in the Bronx. >> Box score
Gardner had homers in the first and second off Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez as the Yankees continued the momentum from their 14-11, 10-winning Friday, in which they trailed 9-1 and 11-4 before rallying.
Jimenez only lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing five hits (two homers) and seven runs (six earned).
Romine hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Aaron Judge hit his AL-leading 10th homer with a man on in the seventh.
Yankees starter Michael Pineda gave up five hits and two runs (none earned) in 5 1/3 innings.
The Yankees bats are on fire, scoring 26 runs in their last two games. One of the game's contributors has had a rough go until today, while the other has been the model of consistency this season.
Gardner's two home runs almost equaled the number of extra-base hits he had coming into today's contest (3). The Yankees leadoff man broke out, but the question is whether this was a one-off game or the start of an uptick in production. I called Gardner's ability to stay atop the lineup in question this week, however if he can turn things around, he will likely stick in the spot Yankees manager Joe Girardi likes him in.
Romine has been fabulous as Gary Sanchez's replacement over the last few weeks. He has handled the pitching staff with aplomb and he has provided substantial production at the plate. Once Sanchez returns, Girardi will not hesitate to rest his prized catcher knowing Romine is good enough to carry the load.