BALTIMORE — The undermanned Yankees looked just fine in an 8-2 win over the Orioles on Saturday night.
They got another stellar performance from Domingo German, and even without Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres, they had their biggest scoring output of the month to win for the sixth time in seven games.
“Nights like these, when you don’t have your full stack, you have to stay aggressive and see what happens,’’ said Aaron Judge, who homered for the third time in two games.
Facing Baltimore, which has lost four straight, certainly helped, but the Yankees got some encouraging signs — including from German, who likely won’t be going back to the minors anytime soon.
The right-hander allowed one run over six innings, continuing the impressive form he has displayed since his return from the minors in April.
German, who allowed seven runs in seven innings in his first two outings of the season, improved to 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 30 ¹/₃ innings in five starts since rejoining the rotation.
Aaron Boone said “not much” was different with German since he came back.
“It’s what we were seeing all spring,’’ Boone said. “I didn’t think he was far off the first couple starts.”
German’s changeup was especially effective — as was his ability to get a key double play when he loaded the bases with one out in the third.
By the time German took the mound Saturday, he already had a three-run lead.
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.
After Judge walked to load the bases, Gary Sanchez came up with one out. Baltimore 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 hit a two-run single up the middle to make it 3-0.
German followed the lengthy top of the first inning with a dominant bottom half, retiring the side in order on 10 pitches — nine strikes.
Judge’s two-run homer in the second gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
As German rolled along, Lopez lasted just two innings and was 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.
Rio Ruiz had the Orioles’ first hit of the game to lead off the inning. German whiffed Pat Valaika and 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.
And the Yankees offense didn’t let up.
In the sixth, Voit drove in his first runs of the year with a two-run single to left to make it 8-0.
The Orioles scratched out a run off German in the bottom of the sixth, and he was pulled after 80 pitches. Relievers Lucas Luetge, Justin Wilson and Luis Cessa finished it for the Yankees.
Boone said German would make his next start on regular rest at the Rangers on Thursday, meaning there are currently no plans to add a sixth starter at least until the Yankees return home on Friday.