The King of New York. And Baltimore. Yankees 5 Orioles 2

Michael King was brilliant in relief again. Pitching shutout ball in the 6th, 7th, and 8th again. For another win again. Jordan Montgomery pitched a great start again, and got no run support again. He got a no decision again.

The Yankees got late runs to beat the Orioles again — their 2nd win of 2 game played so far in the 3-game series, vaulting them into 1st place in the AL East with a 12-6 record, a half game ahead of 11-6 Toronto. Baltimore fell to 6-12.

1. Monty Terrific

Jordan Montgomery had a shutout into the 6th inning, and a 2-0 lead. He allowed a 1-out single to Cedric Mullins, got the 2nd out, and then made a mistake to Anthony Santander, who ripped a 427-foot homer to left for a 2-2 tie.  Monty hit Austin Hays with a pitch and that was all for Jordan Montgomery. He finished with 5.2 innings, 4 hits, 4 Ks, and the 2 runs.

A great start. But there went the win. Again.

Monty has a 2.70 ERA after 4 starts, and is 0-1. Last year he was 6-7 3.83 — pitched really well but seemed to never get good run support.

2. King the King Again

Michael King came in and got the last out of the 6th, and then motored through the 7th and 8th. He didn’t strike out almost everyone like last time out, but put down the Oriole lineup without trouble on groundouts, popouts, and some strikeouts.

King is now 2-0 0.69 in 13 innings. Last season he was a hard-luck starter like Monty, going 2-4 3.55 on the year in 63 innings (6 starts).

3. Giancarlo Getting HOT Again

Giancarlo Stanton had given Monty the 2-0 lead in the 1st with an opposite field bomb. It was Stanton’s 350th homer of his career, and first homer in 2 weeks — he had started out the season on fire but recently was cold.

Stanton hit a sac fly in the 6th plated DJ LeMahieu to give King and the Yanks a 3-2 lead. DJ had led off with a walk and advanced to 3rd on an Anthony Rizzo single.

4. Gallo Another Homer!

Joey Gallo hit his 2nd homer of the season, and his 2nd in two nights, in the 7th for an insurance run — making it 4-2 NY.

The Yanks got an Isiah Kiner-Falefa run later in the inning for a 5-2 lead — after Gallo’s homer, Falefa singled, moved to 2nd on a groundout, moved to 3rd on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch by former Yank Dillon Tate.

5. Holmes for the Wrap

Clay Holmes came in for a 1-2-3 9th, striking out 2 for the old ballgame. Holmes has been terrific for NY last year and thus far this year. He has a 0.93 ERA.

During the game, this tweet surfaced. The comments are interesting — almost all of NY hated the trade to get him, the Yanks giving up young infielder Hoy Park — who had done well in a few weeks with the big club last year.

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