Hicks hits 2 HRs, Montgomery pitches Yankees past O's 8-2

Trey Mancini after a walk-off

They started the game three games ahead of the Red Sox for the American League East lead. NY (35-23) has won three straight, outscoring rivals Boston and Baltimore 25-3 over the last three nights, to equal a season high at 12 games over.500.

The Orioles bullpen allowed five runs, including three unearned runs in the seventh off newcomer Edwin Jackson, who allowed the second of Aaron Hicks' two homers on the night. He has lost five straight starts during the worst stretch of his career, charged with 27 runs in 22 2/3 innings including 11 home runs. Holliday and Judge each had three of New York's 18 hits and scored three times. The difference of late, according to the lefty: "I've just slowed my tempo down, let my arm get up and let the ball come out of my hand".

The only other batter that reached was Tejada, who doubled to lead off the fifth, but Montgomery sniffed out that rally, too; a sacrifice bunt moved Tejada to third, but a lineout and a strikeout ended that rally, and the final out of nine in a row to end the lefty's night was a strikeout of Tejada, giving Montgomery a new career high of eight.

"They're a good fastball hitting team, so you really have to mix and keep them in between speeds", Montgomery said of his approach.

The Yankees smacked five home runs on Saturday, which marked their third game this season with five or more homers. They've done it seven times in the last 13 games, including the last four games in a row. Souza, who entered in a 1-for-24 slide, had three hits and came within a double of hitting for the cycle. Since then, the Yankees have allowed three runs in the last 29 inning, s and since May 31, opponents are 0-for-42 with runners in scoring position.

One of those starts occurred May 30 in Baltimore when he allowed one run and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

The team's offense didn't help, its only runs coming on Jonathan Schoop's two-run homer in the second inning.

ROCKIES 5, CUBS 3: Rockies closer Greg Holland walked the bases loaded in the ninth inning before escaping, and Colorado held off the Chicago Cubs 5-3 Friday for their season-high sixth win in a row. He struck out eight and won his third straight decision.




Montgomery struck out three in the first, working around a single. He was 0 for 3. Seth Frankoff (0-1) took the loss in his major league debut. An extra day is not going to hurt him. Russell denied the allegation.

In Friday's opener, the Yankees banged out an 8-2 win.

Texas took advantage of three errors and won for just the fourth time in 15 games. Following a two-run single by Sanchez (4 RBI) in the first, Didi Gregorius belted a first-pitch, two-run homer to make it a six-run inning - a rally that began with two out and nobody on base.

Over on the Yankees' side, they're going with Chad Green on Sunday in the start.

Starlin Castro hit a solo homer and Chase Headley lifted a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right in the second.

MARLINS 12, PIRATES 7: Giancarlo Stanton smashed a 450-foot homer to center, Tyler Moore went deep twice and Miami pounded reeling host Pittsburgh.

Dustin McGowan (4-0) earned the win in relief of shaky starter Vance Worley.

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