Maikel Franco homered and drove in three runs, rookie Bruce Zimmermann came out of the bullpen to hold down the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles avoided a three-game sweep by rallying to beat New York 10-6 Sunday.
Aaron Judge homered for the third straight game and went 6 for 10 with four home runs and five RBIs in the series.
But Jordan Montgomery failed to hold leads of 4-0 in the first inning and 5-2 in the third, and New York dropped to 1-6 this season when trying to complete a series sweep.
Baltimore is 6-15 at Camden Yards, the worst home record in the major leagues.
Montgomery gave up five runs and six hits in three innings, raising his ERA to 4.75. He had allowed two runs over 11 innings in two previous starts against the Orioles this season.
Baltimore went ahead for good at 6-5 in the fourth on Trey Mancini’s two-out RBI double off Michael King (0-1). Mancini has 32 RBIs in 40 games.
Franco had three hits, including a two-run homer off Wandy Peralta in the seventh that opened an 8-5 lead. Rookie Ryan Mountcastle added a two-run single against Luis Cessa in the eighth and finished with a season-high four RBIs.
New York is 6-4 against the Orioles, but the teams won’t meet again until Aug. 2-4 in the Bronx.
Zimmermann (2-3), recalled from Triple-A Norfolk prior to the game, allowed one run and two hits over 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and one walk after Adam Plutko gave up four runs in the first inning in his first start this season after 15 relief appearances. Pluto’s ERA rose from 1.27 to 2.82.
Gary Sánchez and Clint Frazier hit consecutive homers in the first. The Yankees have hit 63 homers in 23 games in Baltimore since 2019.
Mountcastle hit an RBI double in the bottom half and score on Pedro Severino’s single. Judge homered in the second — seven of his 12 homers this season have come against Baltimore.
Baltimore tied the score 5-5 in the third on Mountcastle’s sacrifice fly, Franco’s RBI double and Freddy Galvis’ run-scoring single.
YANKEES COVID-19 UPDATE
The Yankees had another positive COVID-19 test, this one involving a staff member, manager Aaron Boone said before the game. Boone did not identify the staff member, saying he was part of the team’s support staff. The Yankees have had nine total positives within the traveling party since Monday — three coaches, five staffers and shortstop Gleyber Torres.
Orioles: INF Ramón Urías was optioned to Norfolk. Urias was 12-for-53 (.226) with two doubles, a home run, six RBIs and 17 strikeouts.
Yankees: OF Aaron Hicks was placed on the 10-day IL, retro to May 13, after tearing a tendon sheath in his left wrist. The Yankees selected the contract of OF Ryan LaMarre from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and he started in center field. He went 0 for 3 in his first big league appearance since Sept. 29, 2019, with Minnesota. … DH Giancarlo Stanton (left quad tightness) was held out of the lineup for a third consecutive game.
Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (5-1, 1.37 ERA) will start the series opener Monday in Texas. Cole is 5-2 with a 3.75 ERA in 10 starts against the Rangers.
Orioles: Manager Brandon Hyde has not announced a starter for the series opener Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.