Orioles 11, Yankees 5
Chris Davis could only watch, helpless, as the New York Yankees
teed off on Orioles starter Chris Tillman for five runs in the
In the top of the second, though, Baltimore’s designated hitter
did something about it.
He hit a go-ahead grand slam in a seven-run inning and Baltimore
beat the New York Yankees 11-5 on Tuesday night.
”It felt like the first inning would never end,” Davis said.
”And then we were able to come out there and take back the
momentum and really quiet the crowd.”
Nick Markakis had a two-run homer among his three hits for the
Orioles, who have won four of their last six, but finished July
13-14, their first month below .500 all season. They’ll start
August 5 1-2 games behind the Yankees for the AL East lead and
right in the thick of the hunt for the two wild-card spots.
Tillman said that on Monday, he thought he would be too sick to
pitch, but he started a course of antibiotics and felt better on
”I didn’t feel all that good,” Tillman said. ”There’s no
excuse to not make pitches early on.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he was close to bringing in
a reliever for Tillman. But once he made it out of the first, he
talked to pitching coach Rick Adair, and made some adjustments and
relied on catcher Matt Wieters.
”Sometimes you have some outings where you are just not
carrying everything you need to, your velocity is down a little
bit,” Showalter said. ”Rick just gave him a different wrinkle and
a different toy to play with and Matt getting him through those
last four innings was pretty special to watch.”
Tillman (4-1) was charged with four earned runs and allowed
eight hits with three strikeouts in his five innings.
Ivan Nova allowed a career-high nine runs in five innings for
New York, which tied a season-worst skid with four straight losses
and made some dubious history in the process. According to STATS,
LLC, the Yankees haven’t led by five or more after the first inning
and then trailed after the second since at least 1918. The Yankees
have lost nine of 12.
Nova (10-5) struck out five, allowed 10 hits and lost in
consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He has one win
in his last seven starts, and the Yankees are 14-7 in his
”That’s something he has been really good at this year: not
letting things unravel,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ”And
tonight it did, for whatever reason.”
The Yankees teed off on Tillman in the first. He didn’t get an
out until he fielded Nick Swisher’s groundball and threw to second
for a force, after allowing an RBI single by Curtis Granderson and
Robinson Cano’s two-run homer. He later committed an error on
Ichiro Suzuki’s RBI grounder that made it 4-0. Russell Martin added
a run with a single before he got caught in a rundown between first
and second. Ramiro Pena finally grounded out to end the inning.
The last time New York led by at least five after one inning and
then lost was May 4, 2007, against Seattle, when the Yankees blew a
5-0 lead and lost 15-11.
By the time Tillman made it back out to the mound, he had a
two-run lead thanks to Davis’ homer, Mark Reynolds’ double and Omar
Quintanilla’s two-run single – all the runs coming with two outs.
He settled down to pitch four shutout innings to hang onto the lead
and win his third straight decision.
”It’s not easy to go out there and give up a lot of runs to
this offense in this ballpark and then stay in there and shut the
door after that, so I’m proud of him for doing it,” Davis
Wilson Betemit helped out by tacking on an RBI double in the
third and a single in the fifth.
Orioles left-hander Troy Patton pitched two scoreless innings of
relief and Matt Lindstrom and Luis Ayala followed up with a
scoreless inning each to close out the game.
NOTES: It was the first grand slam of Davis’ career. … Orioles
OF Lew Ford doubled in the third, for his first big league hit
since 2007. The 35-year-old Ford batted .272 with 32 homers from
2003-07 with Minnesota. He played in Japan, Mexico and the
independent Atlantic League before the Orioles signed him to a
minor league contract in May. … No major league team has taken a
5-0 lead and given it up that quickly since Washington was up 5-0
after the first inning against the Marlins on July 6, 2006, then
trailed 7-5 after two. … The last time the Yankees led 5-0 after
one inning and lost by six runs or more was Aug. 6, 1991, at
Chicago. … Before the game, the Yankees obtained third baseman
Casey McGehee from Pittsburgh for reliever Chad Qualls, giving them
a right-handed batter to plug in while Alex Rodriguez and Mark
Teixeira recuperate from hand injuries. … Yankees RHP Phil Hughes
is set to start Wednesday afternoon against Baltimore lefty Zach
Britton. … Jeter doubled in the first inning, making him 39 for
97 (.402) when leading off a game.