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Gil’s excellent performance allows the Yankees to beat Baltimore 2-0; Cabrera’s HR drives in the only runs

Luis Gil defeated Corbin Burnes, Oswaldo Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and the New York Yankees topped the Baltimore Orioles 2-0.

BALTIMORE – Luis Gil defeated Corbin Burnes, Oswaldo Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and the New York Yankees topped the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Gil (2-1) allowed two hits and a walk over a career-high 6 1/3 innings in another low-scoring game between the top two teams in the AL East. Baltimore started this four-game series with wins of 2-0 and 4-2, but Gil’s performance helped keep the Yankees from getting swept.

“Every time he goes out there, he usually has overwhelming stuff and the ability to do what he did tonight,” manager Aaron Boone said. “What a great tone he set for us. There’s some poison coming your way.”

The game was so important that New York used closer Clay Holmes for the final five outs in his longest outing of the season. He struck out Gunnar Henderson and Adley Rutschman with two strikeouts to end the eighth, then pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth for his tenth save in eleven chances.

The teams are once again in a virtual tie for first place, with the Orioles (19-11) percentage points ahead of New York (20-12).

Gil allowed five runs in five innings in his previous start in Milwaukee, but he rebounded against a talented lineup in Baltimore. He struck out five and never let anyone get past first base.

“Making sure I threw strikes — it was a big work point for me — even going back to spring training,” Gil said through a translator. “We knew I had to be more consistent in the strike zone.”

Burnes (3-1) allowed two runs and four hits, striking out six with one walk in his first loss since being traded from Milwaukee to Baltimore last season. The only score of the game came when Cabrera’s line drive down the right field line barely cleared the wall and stayed fair. The homer was upheld after a brief review – the ball was then in the foul pole.

Caleb Ferguson struck out his only two batters in the seventh after replacing Gil. Ian Hamilton led off the eighth with a walk and then hitting a batter. After Hamilton retired pinch-hitter Anthony Santander on an errant pop, Holmes moved to the top of the Baltimore order.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: Boone said RHP Gerrit Cole (right elbow) had a “pretty tough pitching day” Tuesday but was not on the mound. “It looks like that went well,” Boone said. … Boone said OF Alex Verdugo may return Thursday after being placed on the paternity list.

Orioles: Baltimore placed RHP Grayson Rodriguez (right shoulder) on the 15-day injured list retroactive to Tuesday and activated LHP John Means (left forearm) from the IL.

NEXT ONE

The Orioles did not announce a starter for Thursday’s series finale. LHP Carlos Rodón (2-1) takes the mound for the Yankees.

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