BALTIMORE – Luis Severino allowed one hit in six innings, and Jose Trevino became the first New York catcher with a home run this year when he hit a three-run drive in the fourth to lift the surging Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Monday night.
Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rizzo added back-to-back solo homers in the ninth for the Yankees, who won for the 19th time in 22 games. New York (26-9) is off to one of the best 35-game starts in franchise history. Only the 1939 and 1928 teams, at 28-7, were better at this point.
Anthony Santander homered from the left side of the plate off Severino (3-0) in the fourth, then from the right side off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth. The Orioles managed only one other hit.
Kyle Bradish (1-2) allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in his fourth career start. He walked three and struck out six.
The Yankees extended their advantage atop the AL East to 5 1/2 games over Tampa Bay. That matches the crosstown Mets for baseball’s largest division lead.
TIGERS 3, RAYS 2: Harold Castro hit his first home run of the year with two outs in the ninth inning, a tiebreaking shot that sent visiting Detroit past the Tampa for its season-best fourth straight victory.
Castro connected off Andrew Kittredge (3-1) for his first long ball since going deep in consecutive games against Oakland in early September last year. He had three home runs in 2021.
Michael Fulmer (2-2) got the win in relief and Gregory Soto pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven tries.
BREWERS 1, BRAVES 0: Freddy Peralta dominated over seven innings, Hunter Renfroe scored on a wild pitch and host Milwaukee two-hit Atlanta.
Peralta (3-1) gave up two hits and a walk while striking out 10 and retiring his final 11 batters. It was the sixth time in Peralta’s career that he struck out 10 or more batters. He recorded his 500th career strikeout in the seventh when he retired Marcell Ozuna on a called third strike.
The Brewers improved to 11-4 at home, the best mark in the National League.
MARLINS 8, NATIONALS 2: Sandy Alcantara retired his last 20 batters, pitching three-hit ball over eight innings to lead Miami over visiting Washington and give the Marlins just their fourth win in 15 games.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Bryan De La Cruz had three hits each, and Avisaíl García homered for the Marlins, who had 16 hits and matched their second-highest total this season.
ROYALS: Kansas City fired hitting coach Terry Bradshaw and promoted Alex Zumwalt to fill his role in a shakeup of the coaching staff that they hope will wake up one of the worst offenses in the majors this season.
The Royals have scored 118 runs through their first 32 games, better only than the Tigers, Orioles and White Sox, and their 21 home runs trail only the Tigers and Red Sox for the worst total in the big leagues.
MARINERS: Left-hander Robbie Ray isn’t joining Seattle for a series in Toronto this week, missing a chance to celebrate the Cy Young Award he won with the Blue Jays last season amid border restrictions related to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Ray pitched against the Mets in New York on Sunday, then remained in the US while teammates traveled to Canada for Monday’s series opener.
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