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Jorge López takes no-hit bid into the sixth as Orioles slug four homers in 7-1 win over Yankees

Beleaguered starter Jorge López carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, albeit with five walks, and with the help of four early home runs he and the Orioles beat the Yankees, 7-1, Monday at Yankee Stadium to spoil New York’s first home game since their trade deadline additions.

“For me, that was our most complete game of the year in all phases,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “We walked too many, but we had really good pitching, we ran the bases extremely well, played really solid defense with some really nice plays — [Maikel] Franco at third base made a bunch of really nice plays. And we situationally hit and the ball out of the ballpark a few times. Just a complete game by us.”


The Orioles (38-67) are now 10-6 since the All-Star break.

López, who completed six innings for the second time all season and the first since May 31, didn’t look fated to make it that far early as he walked three, hit a batter, and balked in the first two innings. But he kept the Yankees off the board until a pair of walks and a sacrifice fly prevented the shutout in the fifth, and didn’t allow a hit until a leadoff double by Joey Gallo in the sixth inning.


After stranding him, López left to plenty of hugs in the Orioles dugout after his best start of the season, allowing one run on one hit and five walks with four strikeouts on 106 pitches to lower his ERA to 5.91.

“It was good progress,” López said. “I feel good.”

Center fielder Cedric Mullins said: “It was awesome. Everyone is aware of the struggles he’s had going into some of the later innings, the fourth the fifth. He’s always had really good stuff and today he was able to keep commanding all of his pitches and keep damage to a minimum.”

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Mullins and Austin Hays hit back-to-back solo home runs in the third inning, then Ryan Mountcastle and Ramón Urías had solo home runs in the fourth to build the lead up in emphatic fashion. Pedro Severino and Maikel Franco had sacrifice flies in the sixth inning, and Mountcastle scored when Urías grounded into a double play in the eighth.

The relief corps of César Valdez, Paul Fry and Dillon Tate didn’t need such a big cushion, with their three scoreless innings of relief. The only hiccup was a cat on the field pausing Fry’s work for several minutes in the eighth.

“I was kind of wondering what everybody was waiting for, to be honest with you,” Hyde said. “Pitcher is standing on the mound there with Aaron Judge there at the plate and we’re watching a cat run around. Finally, they got out there — the cat showed some good quickness, and agility, and vertical a few times. I didn’t know if it was a poisonous cat or what it was because there wasn’t a whole lot of movement happening when it ran out on the field.”

Mullins said: “I’ve seen certain videos of the cat wandering out there in the past. We saw him in the dugout earlier during the game, and he was just chilling there so we just let him be and let him do his thing. Next thing I know, I hear all the fans cheering and I had no idea what was going on. I didn’t see the cat until it got out to the outfield wall. Seeing how they handled it, watching seven grown men get their ankles broken by a cat, [laughs] pretty funny to watch.”

Martin activated

After a week of rehab at Double-A Bowie, infielder Richie Martin (wrist) was activated off the 60-day injured list and joined the Orioles as a backup middle infielder Monday, with Domingo Leyba optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.


To make room for Martin on the 40-man roster, recent waiver claim Ryan Hartman was placed on the COVID-19 injured list as he goes through the intake process.

Martin hasn’t appeared for the Orioles since the end of 2019.