Orioles’ 6-game winning streak ends with 5-3 loss to Yankees
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles hope they won’t have to wait another 10 years before trying to put together a seven-game winning streak.
A rocky fifth inning fueled by four consecutive walks proved to be Baltimore’s downfall Sunday in a 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees.
Nolan Reimold had two RBIs for the Orioles, who managed only six hits after scoring 20 runs on 31 hits in their previous two games. Baltimore was seeking a seventh straight win for the first time since 2005.
Despite the loss, the Orioles (31-31) appear to have righted themselves after falling six games under .500 on June 3.
“I think we’re definitely starting to hit our stride and that’s big for us,” first baseman Chris Davis said. “Now we’re just trying to keep the ball rolling.”
New York trailed 3-2 before rallying in the fifth. After Orioles rookie Mike Wright (2-2) issued three straight walks — all on 3-2 pitches — to load the bases, Brian Matusz walked Garrett Jones with the count full to force in a run. Two outs later, John Ryan Murphy bounced a two-run double off the glove of third baseman Manny Machado.
Matusz was pitching for the first time since May 31 after serving an eight-game suspension for using a foreign substance while on the mound.
Batting eighth in a lineup that contains Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner, Murphy got the hit that mattered most. That it went in the direction of the 2013 Gold Glove winner made it just a little bit more dicey.
“I guess any time you hit the ball that way you expect it to be caught,” Murphy said. “It was a tough play for him diving down the line. I hit it hard.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, “I was surprised he got leather on it.”
Murphy, New York’s backup catcher, got three hits to raise his batting average 42 points to .250. He entered the game with four extra-base hits and three RBIs.
New York starter Adam Warren was pulled with two outs in the fifth and replaced by Chasen Shreve (3-1), who went 1 1-3 innings.
Justin Wilson got six consecutive outs before turning it over to Dellin Betances. Filling in for injured closer Andrew Miller, Betances worked around a walk in the ninth for his third save.
“You don’t want to get swept. It’s a division opponent,” New York manager Joe Girardi said. “We did not play well the first two days. We played much better today and didn’t give them extra outs, and we won the game.”
Wright needed 104 pitches to get 12 outs. Most of all, he lamented the way his outing ended.
“It (stinks) whenever you walk three people. I was throwing some good pitches and they kept fouling them off and kept battling,” Wright said. “They ended up having the upper hand.”
Rodriguez went 0 for 4 with a walk for New York to remain five hits short of 3,000 for his career.
Teixeira drove in a first-inning run with an opposite-field double that hit the chalk in deep left. Reimold answered with a two-run single in the bottom half.
Three singles and a sacrifice fly by Gardner tied it in the second.
Warren retired eight straight before Reimold walked to open the fourth and scored on a double by Caleb Joseph.
Yankees: Shreve has eight straight scoreless appearances while holding the opposition to an .097 batting average.
Orioles: Tyler Wilson, recalled Sunday from Triple-A Norfolk, pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings — longest by a Baltimore reliever this season.
Yankees: RHP Ivan Nova (elbow) pitched six innings for New York’s Triple-A affiliate in his second rehab start Saturday. “The report on him is that he threw OK,” Girardi said. “His velocity was decent. His curveball maybe wasn’t quite as sharp as we’ve seen it.”
Yankees: Rodriguez heads home to Miami, where New York will play a two-game series that begins Monday night. Masahiro Tanaka (4-1) starts for the Yankees.
Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen (2-4, 3.21 ERA) starts against the Philadelphia Phillies in an interleague clash at Camden Yards..