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Yankees overcome Orioles and Aaron Boone to win first series of the season

It wasn’t easy, but the Yankees won their first series!

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

No matter what happens tomorrow, the Yankees have secured their first series victory of the year! It wasn’t easy, and it looked like it might not happen at one point, but they held on to beat Baltimore 6-4.

The Bombers and Orioles exchanged blows early. Aaron Judge crushed his first home run of the year to dead center in the first inning, then Trey Mancini countered with a solo shot of his own at the bottom of the inning. The game was all tied up until Judge’s second at-bat, when he smashed another homer to deep center.

Baltimore chipped away at the lead in the fifth. J.A. Happ was fine overall, and definitely improved upon his first outing. However, he failed to give the Yankees length. After a single and walk brought Mancini to the plate in the fourth inning, Aaron Boone opted to give the ball to Jonathan Holder. That was probably a good idea since Mancini took Happ deep last week too. Holder wasn’t able to get out of the inning without giving up a run to make it a 3-2 game. Happ’s final line was 4.1 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.

The Yankees had a chance to crack the game wide open in the sixth, but were up to their old tricks and blew it. Gary Sanchez was hit by a pitch to start the inning, then Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu both singled to load the bases. With the bottom of the order due up, Boone decided to bring Clint Frazier in for Mike Tauchman. Suddenly, the catcher fired and picked Sanchez off of third base. Frazier proceeded to strike out swinging, and pinch-hitter Gio Urshela grounded out to leave the runners stranded.

For unknown reasons—seriously, there was no good reason for this—Boone sent Holder out to start the seventh inning. He promptly drilled Cedric Mullins, and gave up a single to Jonathan Villar. Adam Ottavino entered with Chris Davis at the plate. He knocked the ball down the first base line, but Greg Bird bobbled, was too far from the bag to tag first base, and his throw home failed to beat the runner. Baltimore took a 4-3 lead with a sac fly off the bat of Rio Ruiz.

Fortunately, the Yankees rallied in the eighth. With two outs, Gleyber Torres worked a walk, and DJ LeMahieu singled. Just like he did the other day, Miguel Castro surrendered a three-run home run. Frazier hit a blast to left field to put the Bombers ahead for good.

The Yankees will wrap up the series tomorrow at 1:05 ET with Domingo German set to square off against David Hess.