Luis Cessa fired six scoreless innings and Brett Gardner stayed hot with a two-run homer and three RBIs as the Yanks cruised in Game 2 for a split of the twin bill against the Orioles. Austin Romine also clubbed a two-run homer for New York, which is now 21-3 in games when Gardner homers dating to 2017. O’s starter Yefry Ramirez labored over his four innings, giving up four runs.
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In the first game, CC Sabathia raised both of his arms in exaltation after coercing a fifth-inning double-play ball on Monday, a high point of an effort in which he had to grind hard against a last-place Orioles club. The lefty’s jubilance did not last, as Danny Valencia’s go-ahead homer handed the Yankees a 5-4 loss.
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