New York Yankees Go Bird Hunting, Crush O's In Game 1 (Highlights) 1
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees looks on after hitting a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 4th inning during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The Orioles fell victim to the New York Yankees high-octane offense on Thursday night, falling to the Bombers by a score of 13-5.

  • Baltimore Orioles: 5 (72-75)
  • New York Yankees: 13 (80-66)
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  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

The New York Yankees didn’t hold back in front of a Yankee Stadium crowd of 30,874, as they throttled the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 13-5.

New York exploded early on with a six-run first inning thanks to a two-run double by Gary Sanchez and a three-run shot by Todd Frazier, but it was the later blasts, not the early message, that beat the O’s into submission.

Aaron Judge rocketed two three-run bombs in the fourth and sixth to put the Yankees up 12-2 and Gary Sanchez gave a borderline unnecessary run of support with a solo jack in the sixth immediately following Judge’s second homer.

Armed with a ton of run support, Masahiro Tanaka registered eight strikeouts over seven innings of two-run ball. He did surrender eight hits, but the insane run support gave manager Joe Girardi the ability to let his starter eat up some innings.

Overall, New York totaled double-digit runs for the 19th time this season, tying the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros for the third-most in baseball this season. Funny enough, Tanaka was the starting pitcher in seven of those 19 games.

Bryan Mitchell and Giovanny Gallegos came on to close out the final two innings for the Yankees, clinching a winning home record for the 26th consecutive season in the form of a 13-5 win over the Orioles.

Making History:

After hitting his 31st home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth, Gary Sanchez broke the tie with Jorge Posada (30 in 2003)
and Yogi Berra (30 in 1952 and ’56) for the most homers ever by a Yankees catcher in a single season.

Home Cooking:

With tonight’s win, the Yankees have clinched a winning home record for the 26th consecutive season (since 1992). According to Elias, it is the second-longest such streak in MLB history, trailing only the Yankees’ 47-year streak from 1918-64.

House That Judge Built:

With two home runs tonight, Judge tied and then broke the tie with Curtis Granderson (26 in 2012) for the most home runs in a single season at the current Yankee Stadium.

What’s Next:

The Orioles will look to regroup for Game 2 of this four-game set but will have a tall-task as the Yankees will send Luis Severino to the hill for his 29th start of the season.

The 23-year-old is coming off a no-decision on Saturday against Texas despite allowing just one hit in seven innings of work with 10 strikeouts. It marked the ninth time in 11 starts that Severino allowed one earned run-or-fewer since the All-Star break.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted on WPIX. You can also listen to it on the radio at WFAN 660/101.9 FM or 105.7 The Fan.