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Judge Homers twice in Yankees win, narrowly missing a third


BALTIMORE — The new wall in left field at Camden Yards served its purpose, denying Aaron Judge a home run on his 399-foot drive in the first inning.

“I learned my lesson and decided to go in the right field after that,” he said.

Ballpark couldn’t hold off Judge’s next two hits, a pair of solo homers that gave him a major league-leading 14 and helped the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Yankees. Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night. Judge and reliever Michael King was the biggest star in the win, New York’s 20th in its last 23 games.

According to Statcast, the judge’s two home runs went 410 and 422 feet, after his double was just under 400. The judge’s reaction to the new dimensions at Camden Yards was about what you’d expect from a right-handed puncher .

“He’s a transvestite. I’m pretty upset,” Judge said. “It now looks like a creation park. I didn’t like it because I always like to come here and play here. Hopefully in a few years they can put it back together.

Ramón Urías homered for the Orioles, who tied a season high with their fifth straight loss. Trailing 5-3, Baltimore raced past Aroldis Chapman in the ninth on a brace from Ryan McKenna. With men in second and third, Chapman retired Cedric Mullins on a rude pop for his ninth save in nine opportunities.

Jameson Taillon (4-1) allowed three runs in over five innings. King came on after a first double in the sixth and retired all nine batters with six strikeouts before giving way to Chapman.

Tyler O’Neill redeemed himself after setting a Cardinals record for a double-game with six strikeouts, hitting a game-breaking single in the field in the ninth inning as St. Louis beat the Mets, 4-3, on Tuesday night to split their twin bill.

After the Mets tied the game in the eighth, St. Louis walked twice against Joely Rodríguez (0-2) in the ninth. Pinch hitter Nolan Arenado hit against former Rockies teammate Adam Ottavino for the second out.

O’Neill then hit a low roll from Ottavino. Sure-handed third baseman Eduardo Escobar charged hard but grabbed the ball twice, allowing the quick O’Neill to reach first while Brendan Donovan scored from third.

Giovanny Gallegos allowed one-out singles to Dominic Smith and Luis Guillorme in the ninth, then knocked out Mark Canha and Francisco Lindor for his seventh save.

Paul Goldschmidt had three hits in the last drink as St. Louis played its first doubleheader this year. He also homered in Game 1, but Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith helped the Mets knock out Miles Mikolas, and Trevor Williams was sharp in a start in a 3-1 win.

New York tied the game last on McNeil’s RBI single with an out in the eighth — a batter after Escobar hit a dropped third strike. Ryan Helsley (2-0) made Escobar feel at a breaking ball, but receiver Andrew Knizner also missed with a stab in the dirt.

Mets first player Brandon Nimmo ended a 26-game on-base streak in Game 1 and left the last drink after fouling his right knee.

Canha and Escobar gave the Mets the first leads with solo home runs in Game 2, but St. Louis erased them with Goldschmidt’s first RBI double and Tommy Edman’s RBI triple.

Goldschmidt made it 3-2 with another brace in the fifth against Mets starter Taijuan Walker, who allowed three runs in five innings. The right-hander got a goal-laden lineup from the struggling O’Neill for his final out, finishing with four strikeouts, two walks and seven hits allowed.

O’Neill was fired Sunday and Monday hoping to shake off a slow start to the season. He entered Tuesday hitting .193 with two home runs and .561 on-base percentage plus slugging, then went 2-for-9 with six strikeouts, the most ever by a Cardinals player in a double, according to SNY.

The two-time Golden Glove-winning left fielder also dropped a pop-up foul in front of him on New York’s eighth-inning rally in Game 2, his second error of the day on a fly ball in that area.

Former Mets pitcher Steven Matz went five innings for the Cardinals, allowing two runs on three hits. Matz made his second start at Citi Field since New York traded him to Toronto after the 2020 season.

McNeil and Smith each had two hits in Game 1, including an RBI double each in the third inning. McNeil also just missed a home run on a 12-pitch at-bat against Mikolas in the first and Smith singled and scored on a groundout in the second.

“A lot of good batting,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “We didn’t catch up to him much until later. It is good. He has many weapons.

New York, coming off its first series loss this year against Seattle, has won 12 straight games after a loss.

Williams pitched four scoreless innings in a starting spot for injured Tylor Megill. Jake Reed (1-0) walked two of his first three batters but still trailed Williams with two scoreless innings on his 2022 debut.

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