Orioles rally against Yankees bullpen for 7-5 victory
BALTIMORE (AP) The New York Yankees had a one-run lead when manager Joe Girardi turned to his bullpen against the Baltimore Orioles at the start of the sixth inning.
Two outs and three relievers later, Baltimore was well on its way to a 7-5 victory Wednesday night.
Jonathan Schoop homered to spark a five-run sixth and Chris Davis had three RBIs for the Orioles, who took two of three from New York.
''It's big,'' Davis said. ''It's nice to be tested early in the year. We're playing our division pretty much this whole month, and it's good to kind of see where we're at and get a chance to see these guys.''
Manny Machado hit his first home run of the season and Caleb Joseph went 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Orioles.
Alex Rodriguez homered for the Yankees, his second following a yearlong drug suspension. But last-place New York lost its third straight series to start the season, all within the AL East.
''It's frustrating. It's not the way you want to start out,'' Girardi said. ''Obviously we need to start winning series or it becomes a long year.''
Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi struck out nine over five innings and left with a 3-2 lead. The right-hander was in position to end a run of eight straight losses, a streak that started last August with the Marlins, but the New York bullpen couldn't hold the advantage.
David Carpenter (0-1) gave up a leadoff homer to Schoop and Delmon Young greeted reliever Tom Wilson with a pinch-hit RBI single. Davis followed with a two-run double and Joseph capped the uprising with a run-scoring single off Chris Martin.
''You're winning after five and you have got a full bullpen, you feel pretty good about it,'' Girardi said. ''We just couldn't seem to get through that sixth inning.''
New York's bullpen came in with a 1.73 ERA.
''We have some great arms in there,'' Eovaldi said. ''It was just one of those nights.''
Brad Brach (1-0) pitched two innings of hitless relief for Baltimore following starter Bud Norris, who allowed three runs in five innings. Norris was attempting to become the third pitcher in history to win his first five starts against the Yankees.
New York got a run-scoring fly from Brian McCann in the eighth, and another run scored on a wild pitch by Tommy Hunter.
Zach Britton worked the ninth for his third save.
It was apparent early on that neither starting pitcher was going to be very effective.
After Davis snapped an 0-for-10 skid with an RBI single in the first inning, New York went up 2-1 in the third. Norris retired the first two batters before Carlos Beltran hit a two-run double off the top of the wall in right-center.
Rodriguez sent a 2-0 pitch deep into the left-field seats in the fourth, the 656th home run of his career, and Machado hit a solo shot in the bottom half before Eovaldi worked out of a bases-loaded jam.
Yankees: Catcher McCann went 0 for 7 in the series and backup John Ryan Murphy went 1 for 3. McCann is batting .200 for the season.
Orioles: Joseph was 7 for 11 with two RBIs in the series and is batting .375. Baltimore is 19-1 when the catcher has an RBI, one reason why the Orioles aren't rushing back Matt Wieters, who's on the DL following elbow surgery last June.
Yankees: OF Brett Gardner missed a second straight game since being hit with a pitch on his right wrist Monday. He hopes to return Friday following an off day. Also, LH Chris Capuano (strained right quadriceps) is still about a month away from coming off the DL, Girardi said.
Orioles: Utility player Jimmy Paredes (back) and shortstop J.J. Hardy (left shoulder strain) both could start a rehabilitation assignment with Class AA Bowie on Friday, manager Buck Showalter said.
Yankees: New York sends RH Adam Warren (0-1, 1.69 ERA) to the mound Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Tampa Bay.
Orioles: Following an off day Thursday, the Orioles open a four-game series in Boston. Each game has a different starting time: 7:10 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 1:35 p.m. and 11:05 a.m.