The New York Yankees are on fire

Aaron Hicks homered twice and rookie Jordan Montgomery pitched seven stellar innings to lead the New York Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 on Friday night.

No, unusual as it sounded, this time they were for New York Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge, whose two-run homer in the eighth inning sent the Angels to a 5-3 loss in front of 36,245 and added another line to his already remarkable resume to start the season.

Subbing for injured centre fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, Hicks opened the sixth with a go-ahead homer into The Judge's Chambers section at the back of the lower level of right-field bleachers, where fans dressed in black robes rejoiced. Judge later singled and scored in the seventh off Angels reliever Keynan Middleton, boosting New York's lead to 3-1. A sixth-inning homer went 495 feet (per MLB Statcast).

The Yankees hit four homers Sunday and a total of 12 in the three-game series - two of them by Judge to give him a major league-leading 21 home runs this season.

The baseball world was still buzzing Monday about the first of Judge's two homers Sunday when the Yankees crushed the Orioles, 14-3, at Yankee Stadium.

The Angels handed the Astros only their fourth series loss this season and first by a team outside the American League Central. I tried to make some pitches to minimize. Ruben Tejada doubles to deep right center field.

4 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on. While they did score five runs and win the ballgame, they did blow that five-game streak I mentioned earlier.

Three of the five teams Baltimore will play the remainder of the month have below.500 records, meaning there are plenty of winnable games. Judge added another homer Monday, while going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Greg Garcia drew a walk before Fowler slammed a 3-1 pitch into the seats in right field for his ninth homer of the season.

With the Orioles pitching staff surrendering 16 and 14 runs Saturday and Sunday, it's the second time this season the O's gave up 12-plus runs in back-to-back games to the Yankees.

Five different NY players hit home runs in the game.

The Cardinals have won three in a row following a season-high seven-game losing streak.

Blackmon leads the Rockies with a.338 batting average and 53 RBI, while Reynolds is the top man in the Rockies' lineup with 17 home runs.

The homer was Judge's MLB-best 20th, in 58 games.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Evan Longoria hit an RBI single in the 10th inning and Tampa Bay beat Oakland in the opener of the majors' first regularly scheduled doubleheader since 2011.

What other words can be used to describe an outing in which a starting pitcher gets shelled for a bewildering nine runs in only 1.1 innings pitched? Cameron Maybin followed with an RBI double off Tyler Clippard to tie the game at 3-3, the run charged to Tanaka.

NY scored three unearned runs in the seventh following a throwing error by reliever Edwin Jackson. Montgomery has already made two starts against the Orioles and went 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA. Featuring an effective splitter for the first time in a long time, Tanaka struck out eight and walked two.

Nova (6-4) allowed one hit, struck out four and walked none.

Could this be a modern-day version of the M&M Boys, sluggers who could one day become the second teammates ever to hit 50 homers in the same season?

Albert Pujols homered in the first inning and Eric Young Jr. had a career-high four RBIs, helping the Angels rally for the win. Jonathan Holder (1.2 innings), Adam Warren (1.2 innings) and rookie Domingo German (2.2 innings in his major-league debut) all didn't allow a run.

Tillman has allowed at least three earned runs in his last six starts and has picked up a lose in four straight starts.

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