Stanton, Volpe power Yankees to 4-1 win over Orioles

Giancarlo Stanton completes his home run for the Yankees at Camden Yards, April 08, 2023.

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New York Yankees 4, Baltimore Orioles 1

BALTIMORE — Giancarlo Stanton hit a huge home run to finish off New York’s three-run fifth inning, and the Yankees went on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 on Saturday night.

Anthony Volpe got his first extra-base hit in the big leagues with a triple that ignited the Yankees rally. In his second career start, Jhony Brito (2-0) gave up a run in five dominant innings while a slumping Aaron Hicks hit a key RBI single for the Yankees. Stanton’s 436-foot home run, which went over the deepest part of Baltimore’s big wall in left field, is what people will remember most about this game.

The exit speed was 116.3 mph, making it Stanton’s 26th home run with a speed of at least 116 mph since Statcast started keeping track in 2015. The only other player with more than six is teammate Aaron Judge, who has 15.

Cole Irvin (0-2), making his first start for the Orioles at home since being acquired by the Orioles from Oakland in the offseason trade, walked four batters over the course of 4 2/3 innings.

Brito, who was brought back from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, let three hits through in five innings. Anthony Santander scored the first run for Baltimore with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, but after that, the rest of the game was all about the Yankees.

Hicks hadn’t played since Tuesday. Before his two-out single in the fourth, which tied the game, he was 0 for 8 this season. Then, in the next inning, New York took the lead for good.

The rookie shortstop for New York, Volpe, hit a triple to start the game and scored when DJ LeMahieu hit a double. Judge hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-1 after a wild pitch. After Irvin got one out, Austin Voth came in and gave up Stanton’s third home run of the year right away.

Michael King, a reliever for the Yankees, pitched his first game at Camden Yards since July 22, when he broke his right elbow during a pitch to Ramón Uras. In his first two innings, he gave up one hit and struck out three batters. King’s season was over after he got hurt.

Wandy Peralta pitched the eighth, and Clay Holmes worked around a walk in the ninth to finish a four-hitter and get his second save.

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Nestor Cortes (1-0) will pitch for the Yankees on Sunday. He will be the first of at least four left-handed starters in a row that the Orioles will face against New York and Oakland. In the last game of the series, Baltimore’s Tyler Wells (0-0) will start against the Yankees.

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