Orioles comeback falls short in 8-6 loss to Yankees
BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles made a strong bid to turn a seven-run deficit into a stunning comeback victory.
In the end, though, they just couldn't overcome another poor outing by their starting pitcher.
The Orioles hit three home runs in a six-run seventh inning, but they failed to catch up to the New York Yankees in an 8-6 defeat on Saturday night.
Baltimore scored 31 runs in its previous three games and added nicely to that figure in this one.
It just wasn't enough to pull out of an early hole created by the ineffectiveness of Tyler Wilson (2-5), who yielded five runs and seven hits in four innings.
''I really just wish I could have been a little bit better for a little bit longer today,'' the right-hander said.
New York starter Ivan Nova (4-3) took a three-hit shutout into the seventh but didn't get another out. Mark Trumbo led off with his 18th homer, Matt Wieters singled and Pedro Alvarez hit a shot into the left-field seats. A single, a walk and wild pitch ended Nova's outing.
Nick Goody came in and lasted two pitches, the second of which Adam Jones launched over the left-field wall to get the Orioles to 7-6.
''We had a shot. We made a great run at them,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''I knew we would at some point.''
Given Baltimore's power-laden lineup, no lead is safe against the Orioles.
''It's like the 3-point shot in the NBA. That helps big time when you're coming back,'' Jones said. ''We're always a bloop and a blast away from anything. It's just a cool weapon to have.''
But the back-end of New York's bullpen was too strong. Andrew Miller pitched two perfect innings before Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his ninth save in nine tries.
After Jones drew a two-out walk in the ninth, Chapman struck out pinch-hitter Nolan Reimold to end it.
Starlin Castro and Austin Romine each had two RBIs, and Alex Rodriguez had three of New York's 16 hits.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was delighted to see his offensively challenged team enjoy its highest scoring outing in 14 games since May 20. New York came in ranked last in the AL in batting average and 14th in runs, but on this night virtually everyone contributed.
''Every member of the starting lineup got a base hit. That's always good,'' Rodriguez said. ''We just have to find a way to keep focus throughout the game and finish what we started. It starts with concentration.''
After Romine hit a sacrifice fly in the third, New York sent eight men to the plate in a four-run fourth. Castro and Rob Refsnyder contributed RBI doubles and Romine capped the uprising with a run-scoring single.
Castro delivered an RBI single in the fifth, and the Yankees made it 7-0 in the sixth when Brett Gardner scored on the front end of a delayed double-steal.
New York was without first baseman Mark Teixeira, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game with a right knee articular cartilage tear.
Yankees: Romine, the catcher, left before the ninth inning after tearing the nail off his thumb. … LHP Chasen Shreve (left shoulder AC joint sprain) threw on flat ground for the third straight day and hasn't experienced any pain. After taking Sunday off, he'll do a long-toss session Monday.
Orioles: RHP Darren O'Day (right hamstring strain) says the injury initially occurred while he was warming up in Houston last week. He went on the DL on Saturday and remains uncertain how long he will be out.
Yankees: CC Sabathia (3-4, 2.85 ERA) seeks his 20th career win against the Orioles on Sunday. The left-hander pitched six shutout innings at Camden Yards on May 4.
Orioles: Kevin Gausman (0-3, 3.78) takes another crack at earning his first victory of the season. He's given up three HRs in each of his last three starts.