Yankees blow out Orioles twice, sweep doubleheader

GAME 1 RECAP:

Gerrit Cole struck out nine in a dominant two-hit shutout, pitching the Yankees to a 6-0 victory over the Orioles on Friday afternoon in the first game of a seven-inning doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.

As the Yankees and Orioles opened a four-game weekend series with postseason implications, Cole snapped a personal three-start losing streak by harnessing his rising fastball and biting curveball in a 114-pitch performance, walking one batter.

Even though it would not have counted as an official no-hitter, Cole was clearly dismayed after surrendering the first hit of the afternoon, pounding his glove as he returned to the dugout after the fifth inning.

DJ LeMahieu connected for his fourth leadoff homer of the season, and sixth overall, to provide Cole with a near-instant lead. Brett Gardner and Kyle Higashioka added two-run homers off right-hander Alex Cobb, who permitted five runs and seven hits over four innings.


GAME 2 RECAP:

Luke Voit grimaced as he rounded the bases, then stomped on home plate and exchanged spirited forearm bashes with his teammates. The trot served as an apt metaphor for the Yankees’ season — battered and bruised, sure, but still grinding toward the finish line.

Having been hampered for weeks by what manager Aaron Boone has mysteriously described as “foot stuff,” Voit grabbed a share of the Major League home run lead, mashing a pair of three-run homers on Friday in the Yankees’ 10-1 victory over the Orioles, sweeping a seven-inning doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.

With 16 homers, Voit has tied the Angels’ Mike Trout for the most in baseball. The power display helped the Yankees extend their winning streak to three games, coming after ace right-hander Gerrit Cole fired seven scoreless innings in a 6-0 Game 1 victory.

Both of Voit’s homers came off right-hander Asher Wojciechowski: a fourth-inning blast to the right-field bullpen and a fifth-inning shot to the left-field seats. Voit’s six RBIs established a new career high, marking the slugger’s fifth career multihomer game and second of the season (also Aug. 17 vs. the Red Sox).