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German’s strong start powers Yankees in nightcap

NEW YORK — Following a 5-3 win earlier in the day, the Yankees completed a rare twin bill sweep with a 3-1 win over the Orioles. The win puts the team a season-high ten games above .500 and just a half game back of the division leading Rays.

Having already hit two home runs in the first game, Gleyber Torres continued to mash into the night as his fourth-inning homer off of Andrew Cashner doubled the Yankee lead, 2-0. Torres now has eight home runs on the season.

For Domingo German, the two runs were more than enough to bring home the victory as the de facto ace of the staff went seven strong innings, giving up just one run. He also struckout eight O’s in the effort.

The only run against him came on a Hanser Alberto sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.

Entering the day on an 0-22 dry spell, Luke Voit got back on track with two RBI-hits in the game. His RBI-double in the third set the tone, while a run-scoring single in the seventh gave the Yankee bullpen enough breathing room to close it out.

Though Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman both pitched in the earlier game, each pitched a scoreless inning to close out Baltimore. The save was Chapman’s 11th of the season and second of the night.

Notably, Aaron Hicks did make his season debut, batting third and playing center field. He, however, went 0-4 with three strikeouts.

The Yankees have tomorrow off and begin a key three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays at the stadium on Friday night.

Current Yankees Record: 26-16