On another hot, steamy day in Baltimore, the conditions were no match for Nestor Cortes.
The lefty delivered another sterling performance in his first start since making his All-Star debut, tossing six scoreless innings in the Yankees’ 6-0 win over the Orioles and left to a standing ovation from the sizable contingent of Yankees fans at Camden Yards.
Before the game, when asked about how the heat might impact Cortes, Aaron Boone said of the 27-year-old who grew up in Hialeah, Fla., “Nestor will be fine.”
He was better than that in a game which gave the Yankees another series win after going through a stretch when they lost eight of 12.
“There’s gonna be ups and downs in a season,’’ Cortes said. “If this is our bad part, I’ll take it. We’re grinding and I think people should expect the same thing in the second half that they saw in the first half.”
The Yankees scored three runs in the third. Aaron Judge delivered yet another long homer, and Jose Trevino added a career-high four hits.