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BALTIMORE — Domingo German likely won’t be going back to the minors anytime soon.
The right-hander was solid again on Saturday, picking up the win as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 8-2, at Camden Yards.
The right-hander allowed one run over six innings and an undermanned Yankees lineup still had plenty of firepower to overmatch the Orioles.
Despite playing without Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres, the Yankees had their highest-scoring game of the month and picked up their sixth win in seven games.
German, meanwhile, continued the impressive form he has shown since returning from the minors in April.
After allowing seven runs in seven innings in his first two outings of the season, German improved to 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA with 30 strikeouts over 30 ¹/₃ innings in five starts since rejoining the rotation.
DJ LeMahieu led off the game against right-hander Jorge Lopez with a walk and Luke Voit followed with a line drive single to left, his first hit of the season after missing 34 games to start the year following left knee surgery.
Aaron Judge then walked to load the bases for Friday night’s pinch-hit hero, Gio Urshela.
With a chance to give the Yankees the lead again, Urshela struck out looking.
One batter later, with Gary Sanchez at the plate, the Yankees got their first run. Orioles catcher Chance Sisco let a ball get through his legs for a passed ball, allowing LeMahieu to score and the other runners to advance.
Sanchez then came through with a two-run single up the middle to make it 3-0.
After Brett Gardner struck out, Clint Frazier was drilled in the left elbow by a 95 mph fastball.
Miguel Andujar grounded out to end Lopez’s 39-pitch first inning.
German followed the lengthy top of the first with a dominant half inning, retiring the side in order on 10 pitches — nine strikes.
Tyler Wade started the second with a ground ball at third baseman Rio Ruiz, who was shifted toward shortstop. Ruiz threw the ball away, but it was ruled a hit and Wade was then thrown out trying to steal second.
The Yankees padded their lead later in the inning, on a single by LeMahieu and a two-out, two-run homer by Judge. The blast was Judge’s third homer in two games and gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
As German rolled along, Lopez lasted just two innings, replaced by Keegan Akin to start the third.
German got out of trouble in the bottom of the third, with the help of his defense.
Ruiz had the Orioles’ first hit of the game to lead off the inning. German whiffed Pat Valaika before Sisco doubled, sending Ruiz to third. A walk to Cedric Mullins loaded the bases.
Acting pitching coach Mike Harkey, filling in for Matt Blake while he’s out with COVID-19, went to the mound and Austin Hays followed with a sharp grounder to third. Urshela grabbed it and started a well-done double play. The Orioles challenged the out call at first base, but it was upheld.
The Yankees’ offense didn’t let up. They loaded the bases with one out in the sixth against Akin.
Akin was replaced by Tyler Wells, who balked before even throwing a pitch, letting Gardner score from third. LeMahieu struck out, but Voit drove in his first runs of the year with a two-run single to left to make it 8-0.
Baltimore scratched out a run off German in the bottom of the sixth. With runners on the corners and one out, a Trey Mancini grounder drove in Sisco from third, but Urshela made a terrific throw to get Mancini at first.
German was replaced by Lucas Luetge after the sixth.
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