Torres’ 2-run homer leads Yankees over Orioles 8-4

New York Yankee's Gleyber Torres hits a two run homer in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, July 4, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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AP Baseball Writer

Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer and scored the go-ahead run from first base on Giancarlo Stanton’s fifth-inning single, leading the New York Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Tuesday.

Aaron Hicks homered in his second game back in the Bronx after Yankees released him on May 26 and Adam Frazier followed with a tying, two-run homer in a three-run fifth against Clarke Schmidt. Frazier went deep after a catchable fly by Jordan Westburg that left fielder Oswaldo Cabrera broke in on and played into a double.

With the score 3-3 in the fifth, Torres walked and was running on a full-count, two-out pitch to Stanton, who singled up the middle. Center fielder Cedric Mullins tossed the ball to second as Torres ran through third base coach Luis Rojas’ stop sign and slid headfirst across the plate.

Jose Trevino added an opposite-field homer to right in the seventh against Nick Vespi. Harrison Bader followed a two-run double against Bryan Baker, a day after Bader’s tiebreaking, three-run homer lifted New York to a 6-3 win in the series opener.

Torres hit his 13th homer in the first off Kyle Gibson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s fourth-inning sacrifice fly boosted the Yankees’ lead to 3-0.

In a game delayed by rain 38 minutes at the start, Schmidt (4-6) won consecutive starts for the first time this year. He allowed three runs and five hits in five-plus innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Ron Marinaccio relieved after Adley Rutschman’s leadoff single in the sixth and walked a pair of batters before retiring Westburg on a popup that left the bases loaded.

Gibson threw a season-high 104 pitches, giving up four runs, three hits and four walks in six innings.