Judge paces the Yankees to 16-3 win and now they look to sweep Baltimore

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and the rest of Yankees young sluggers are locked in and scoring in bunches.

Judge hit his major league-leading 19th home run and New York connected five times in all, battering Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles 16-3 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win.

“We’re just not missing our pitch,” Judge said. “We’re getting deep into counts, and when you leave something over the middle, we’re depositing it and doing some damage.”

Sanchez, Starlin Castro, Didi Gregorius and Matt Holliday also homered in New York’s biggest offensive show this season. The first-place Yankees have outscored Boston and Baltimore, their closest competitors in the AL East, 41-6 during their winning streak.

“It’s incredible,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “There’s a lot of power in this lineup, and we can score quickly.”

Luis Severino (5-2) pitched seven sharp innings, giving up one run and two hits. He struck out eight and walked two.

Tillman (1-4) was tagged for nine runs in only 1 1/3 innings. He got two quick outs to begin the first before Judge’s homer began a six-run burst.

“I was in such a hurry to get the breaking stuff going, it kind of snowballed real quick,” Tillman said.

Holliday singled, Castro doubled and Sanchez lined a two-run single. Gregorius launched Tillman’s next offering into the right field seats, extending the lead to 5-0, with all those runs scoring in a span of eight pitches.

After Chase Headley walked and moved up on a wild pitch, Chris Carter hit an RBI single.

Tillman walked Judge and Holliday on eight straight balls with one out in the second. Castro drove a 3-0 pitch 452 feet over the Baltimore bullpen to make it 9-0, ending Tillman’s outing.

Holliday hit a three-run homer in the fourth and Judge added a two-run double in the fifth. Holliday and Judge each had three of New York’s 18 hits and scored three times.

Severino earned his third consecutive win. He was perfect until walking Mark Trumbo to begin the fifth, and all of Severino’s strikeouts came on swings.

Chris Davis and Joey Rickard homered for the Orioles.