The Associated Press
Domingo German pitched seven strong innings to become the first 16-game winner in the majors on Tuesday as the Yankees ran their winning streak over the Orioles to 15 games with an 8-3 victory.
German allowed two runs, five hits, struck out seven, walked one and won his career-high seventh straight decision.
D.J. LeMahieu homered on the first pitch he saw to get the Yankees going. Aaron Judge added a two-run double on the third anniversary of his major-league debut in a four-run fourth.
Gio Urshela had three more hits, including an R.B.I. single in the fourth. Cameron Maybin had a two-run single in the second while Gary Sanchez and Mike Tauchman added R.B.I. doubles among the Yankees’ 15 hits.
German (16-2) kept Baltimore off balance by throwing 37 curveballs, which accounted for 14 of his 21 swing-and-miss pitches.
“You could just see the finish on his breaking ball and a little more life on his fastball too,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said.
His raised his winning percentage to a major-league-best .889, the second-highest of any Yankee with at least 15 decisions behind Ron Guidry .893 mark in his 25-3 season in 1978.
German also raised his innings total to 116 and while there could be a limit at some point, the Yankees are not ready to discuss it.
“Not yet,” Boone said
The Yankees are on their longest winning single-season winning streak against one opponent since beating the 103-loss Philadelphia Athletics 15 games in a row in 1954. They won for the 13th time in 15 games over all and moved a season-high 39 games over .500 at 80-41.
LeMahieu hit his seventh career leadoff homer and fifth this season on a fastball from John Means (8-8). The 446-foot blast was the team’s 60th against Baltimore. The Orioles have allowed an American League-record 249 homers, nine short of the overall record set by Cincinnati in 2016.