Santander hits 9th-inning homer to give the Orioles a 1-0 win in Judge's Yankees return

Anthony Santander homered off Tommy Kahnle in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 1-0 win over New York, spoiling Aaron Judge’s return for the Yankees

ByNOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer

Baltimore Orioles’ Anthony Santander runs the bases after hitting a walk-off solo home run off New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle during the ninth inning of a baseball game, early Saturday, July 29, 2023, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 1-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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BALTIMORE — Anthony Santander homered off Tommy Kahnle in the ninth inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 1-0 victory over New York on Friday night, spoiling Aaron Judge’s return for the Yankees.

Judge walked three times in his first game back from a toe injury, but the Orioles kept New York off the scoreboard with a spectacular defensive effort — particularly in the eighth inning, when Santander made a lunging, sliding catch in right field and second baseman Adam Frazier made a diving stop on Anthony Rizzo’s grounder with a man on second.

Orioles rookie Grayson Rodriguez pitched 6 1/3 scoreless inning, going toe to toe with New York’s Gerrit Cole, who went seven. Félix Bautista (6-1) struck out two in a scoreless ninth. Kahnle (1-1) couldn’t match that in the bottom half, allowing Santander’s one-out drive that went well beyond the fence in right-center field.

The Orioles remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay atop the AL East, and they now lead the last-place Yankees by nine.

The game was delayed 2 hours, 32 minutes. Judge lined out to right field on the first pitch to him in the first, but he reached base the other three times.

Anthony Volpe was robbed twice by stellar Baltimore defense. Third baseman Ramón Urías made a diving stop on his one-hopper in the fifth. In the eighth, Volpe led off with a fly to right that Santander reached out and caught before sliding on his stomach across the grass.

New York eventually had two on and two out that inning when Rizzo’s grounder looked headed to right field. Frazier’s diving play prevented that.


Orioles general manager Mike Elias said it’s no secret that the Orioles are working on potentially adding pitching upgrades at the trade deadline. He said the team has the wherewithal to make “good baseball trades” even if they add payroll.


Orioles: Elias said he hopes OFs Cedric Mullins (right adductor groin strain) and Aaron Hicks (left hamstring strain) can return and play a large part of August. … Elias said LHP John Means (left elbow UCL surgery) and RHP Mychal Givens (right shoulder inflammation) will probably be pitching in games in the Florida Complex League in the early part of August.


Baltimore’s Tyler Wells (7-5) takes the mound against New York’s Clarke Schmidt (6-6) on Saturday night. Schmidt will be on extended rest, having last pitched July 21.


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