Urias Tags Cole, O’s Overcome Judge’s 2 HRs, Beat Yanks 6-4 (Highlights)

NEW YORK — Ramón Urías hit a game-breaking sixth-inning homer against Gerrit Cole and the Baltimore Orioles held off two homers from Aaron Judge to beat the Yankees 6-4 on Monday night and send New York to its third straight loss, a peak of the season.

“I think we worked really well at bat,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “Gerrit Cole has great stuff. It’s an ace. He’s an ace for a reason and to be able to score some runs against him, I’m proud of our hitters.

Earlier, Major League Baseball suspended Yankees slugger Josh Donaldson for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount after he made several references to Jackie Robinson while speaking to White Sox star Tim Anderson on Saturday. Shortly before the penalty was announced, the Yankees placed Donaldson on the COVID-19 injured reserve.

Urías started Baltimore’s third four-pointer with a brace down the left field line, then broke a tie at 4 by fielding a 0-1 fastball on the short porch to right field past Cole (4-1).

The Yankees, who started the day with the best record in the majors, are on their first three-game losing streak since dropping seven straight last September. Before being swept in Sunday’s doubleheader against the White Sox and losing their second straight to the Orioles, the Yankees had won 24 of 29.

“Yesterday tough double game against a good team and we couldn’t shoot anything there. And tonight we got the offense going early and we’re playing an Orioles team that’s knocked out a few runs, got some big hits with some guys on the base,” Judge said.

Judge took his major league-leading home run total to 17, five ahead of Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez and Angels star Mike Trout. Judge hit his 31st and 32nd career home runs against Baltimore’s pitch when he connected in the first and fifth against Jordan Lyles (3-4).

It was Judge’s 20th career multi-home run game, fourth this season and seventh of his career against the Orioles.

Judge reached 20 games with multiple home runs in his 612th career game. Only Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner has more at this point in his career when he played 24 multi-home runs in his first 612 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“It’s really special,” manager Aaron Boone said. “I sometimes take it for granted, but not at the moment. He is a really special player and obviously he really carries us offensively.

Judge hit a solo six-pitch homer, sending a 1-1 offering into the Baltimore bullpen at left center. He then hit a two-run tying homer in the fifth, two innings after Cole allowed four runs.

Cole entered the game with a 1.67 ERA in his previous five outings and allowed a season-worst five runs and seven hits in eight innings. He struck out 11 for his 49th career double-digit batting game.

“It’s just a special night,” Cole said. “I think this round is just a little hard to digest.”

Cole didn’t walk one either, scoring his 20th career double-figure batting without a walk, the second most in the majors since 2014.

“A weird night tonight with Gerrit,” Boone said. “He was really mostly dominant.”

Robinson Chirinos hit an RBI double, Austin Hays hit a two-run single that gave Baltimore its first lead, and Ryan Mountcastle capped the third-inning rally with an RBI groundout.

Chirinos also added a sacrificial fly in the ninth.

Lyles survived becoming the last Baltimore pitcher to be taken deep by the judge and allowed four runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Felix Bautista followed Lyles’ season-high 117 shots out and knocked out Giancarlo Stanton with two goals after walking Judge.

That was the most throws by a Baltimore starter since Dylan Bundy threw 119 on May 17, 2019 against Cleveland.

Bautista also threw a perfect eighth and Jorge López converted his fifth save.

Jose Trevino hit an RBI single in the second for New York’s other run following a field error by shortstop Chris Owings, who dropped Mountcastle from first on a force play.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Spenser Watkins (right elbow contusion) has been placed on the injured reserve. Watkins left Sunday’s game three hitters after being hit by an understudy from Tampa Bay’s Ji-Man Choi. … The Orioles also recalled RHPs Marcos Diplán, Logan Gillaspie and Beau Sulser from Triple-A Norfolk.

Yankees: An MRI on LHP Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles tendon) came back clean but an injured roster pass is still possible. Chapman allowed one earned run in five appearances. … RHP Chad Green (elbow) says he will have Tommy John surgery next week. Green said doctors told him the injury was more of a flexor tear and not a UCL tear. Green was injured while pitching Thursday afternoon against Baltimore. … INF Miguel Andújar has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre to replace Donaldson.

NEXT

Baltimore LHP Bruce Zimmermann (2-2, 3.48 ERA) faces the Yankees for the fourth time this year. LHP Jordan Montgomery (0-1, 3.35), who is winless in his last 10 starts since Sept. 21, pitches for New York.

Rufus T. Sifford