BALTIMORE — If you didn’t know any better, you might have thought it was 2019 at Camden Yards on Wednesday night.
Domingo German looked like the pitcher who emerged as a dependable starter for much of that 2019 season, and the Yankees overwhelmed the Orioles on both sides of the ball in a 7-0 win.
It was the Yankees’ second straight win and moved them out of a last-place tie with the Orioles in the AL East.
The victory also provided plenty of encouraging signs — from German taking a no-hitter into the fifth to the lineup breaking out, even with Aaron Judge on the bench.
“I think having good at-bats is contagious,’’ Giancarlo Stanton said. “It’s good to feed off of. And it’s warming up in general. So we like that.”
A three-run homer from Gio Urshela in a four-run third inning got the Yankees going, and they knocked around Baltimore right-hander Dean Kremer for six runs on 10 hits in just 4 ²/₃ innings.
“We’re not all the way where we want to be or where we’re gonna be,’’ manager Aaron Boone said. “But on this trip, the consistency of our at-bats is starting to build more.”
The Orioles’ lineup was no match for German, who got off to a slow start in his previous outing before he retired 17 of the final 21 batters he faced. He picked up where he left off on Wednesday.
“He mixed,” Boone said. “He pitched.”
German didn’t allow a hit until Ryan Mountcastle’s infield single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. And he pitched around a pair of singles in the seventh, striking out Mountcastle looking to end the threat — which also ended German’s night after 92 pitches.
The 28-year-old gave up just three hits and a walk, while striking out six.
DJ Stewart, who walked in the second inning, was Baltimore’s only baserunner until Mountcastle hit a chopper that Urshela fielded near the line behind third. Urshela wasn’t able to make the throw in time and Mountcastle had a single.
Boone said German had “pretty electric stuff.”
Stanton added, “the ball was going all over the place in the mid- to upper-90s.”
After allowing seven runs, and four homers, in just seven innings over his first two starts, German has been sharp in a pair of outings since being recalled from the alternate site, where he worked on his fastball command.
He limited Cleveland to two earned runs in six innings last Thursday and was even better against the Orioles.
“I think he’s in a really good spot moving forward,’’ Boone said. “A couple of rough starts didn’t deter us from what we were seeing all spring.”
DJ LeMahieu led off the game with a sharp single to center, and Stanton followed with a 119 mph screamer that resulted in a double play, thanks to an excellent play by third baseman Makiel Franco.
Gleyber Torres followed with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch, but Urshela struck out.
Mike Ford put the Yankees on the board in the second with a leadoff opposite field homer that just cleared the fence in right. It was Ford’s second home run of the year.
In the third, LeMahieu smacked his second hit up the middle of the night. Stanton again followed with a hard-hit grounder. This time, it went at shortstop Pat Valaika, who couldn’t handle it and Stanton had a single.
Torres knocked in LeMahieu with a single to center before Urshela slammed a three-run homer to left to make it 5-0.
Clint Frazier snapped a 2-for-42 skid with a leadoff double in the fourth. Frazier, however, was thrown out after inexplicably trying to advance to third on a Kyle Higashioka grounder to shortstop. But Frazier later hit his first home run of the season to make it 7-0 in the eighth.
Michael King tossed the final two innings to finish the shutout — the Yankees’ second of the season.
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