Yankees are heading for third best start in franchise history

BALTIMORE – Luis Severino gave up one hit in six innings, and Jose Trevino became the first Yankees catcher to hit a home run this year when he drove for three runs in the fourth to lift the rising Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles, 6- 2, Monday night.

Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rizzo added back-to-back solo home runs in the ninth for the Yankees, who won for the 19th time in 22 games. New York (26-9) is heading for one of the best 35-game starts in franchise history. Only the 1939 and 1928 teams, 28-7, were better at this point.

Anthony Santander homered twice for Baltimore’s lone runs, but the Orioles had only one other basehit in the game.

Kyle Bradish (1-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in four and a third inning in his fourth career start. He walked three and struckout six.

The Yankees left the bases loaded in the first inning, then Baltimore lost a chance to take the lead after Joey Gallo misplayed Cedric Mullins’ flyout into left field for a three base error. After Trey Mancini walked, the Orioles had men on first and third base with no one out, but Mancini was doubled first when second baseman Gleyber Torres made a diving flyout on Santander’s soft liner.

They had taken a 1-0 lead in the third on Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI double. Leading two in the fourth, Trevino’s strike to the right hit the post.

While the Yankees continued to climb, Donaldson had three basehits and a walk to extend his run on base to 22 games. And Rizzo, Stanton and Aaron Judge—who had the night off—became the first triumvirate of Yankees hitters to hit double digits in home runs by the team’s 35th game.

Monday’s scheduled game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Mets was postponed due to rain in the forecast and will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader Tuesday at Citi Field.

The first game starts at 3:10 PM and the nightcap follows 30 to 40 minutes after the opener ends.

The teams will play a series of four games – their first meeting since they got into a scuffle on the bench in St. Louis last month.

With heavy thunderstorms in the evening forecast, the game was postponed just over three and a half hours before the start.

“With severe weather in the area, we are thinking of everyone’s safety, so tonight’s game has been postponed,” the Mets posted on Twitter.

Tuesday marks the Mets’ fourth doubleheader this year. They defeated the San Francisco Giants on April 19 and the Atlanta Braves on May 3, both at home, before splitting a twin bill in Philadelphia on May 8.

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