Davis, Paredes, Chen help Orioles top Yanks 6-2 to snap skid
NEW YORK (AP) Power, pitching and finally a positive day for the Baltimore Orioles in the Big Apple.
Chris Davis hit one of Baltimore's three home runs, Wei-Yin Chen won for the first time this season and the Orioles snapped a four-game slide Saturday with a 6-2 victory over the New York Yankees.
''The last few games obviously haven't been our best,'' Davis said. ''We were able to break through early today.''
Jimmy Paredes had three hits, including a solo homer, and slumping Alejandro De Aza added a two-run drive off Chase Whitley to give the Orioles their first win this week in New York. Baltimore lost a pair of interleague games to the Mets at Citi Field before dropping the first two in a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
Delmon Young knocked in two runs to build up the cushion for Chen (1-1), who scattered five hits over seven innings. He struck out a season-high seven and walked one, yielding only John Ryan Murphy's sacrifice fly.
The 29-year-old lefty from Taiwan was in control the whole way, throwing 76 strikes in 106 pitches. Using a sneaky fastball above the hands of several hitters, he struck out the side in the third and whiffed his final three batters of the day.
''The biggest part of the game for him was just to stay relentless with his strengths,'' catcher Ryan Lavarnway said.
A 16-game winner last year, Chen entered with a 2.83 ERA, the lowest among qualifying starters without a victory. It was his first win since Sept. 15 against Toronto.
Zach Britton got two outs for his sixth save - a brief replay review upheld an out call on a close play at first base that ended the game.
New York lost for just the sixth time in 22 games.
Hit hard by Baltimore last year as well, Whitley (1-1) was tagged for all three homers in 5 2-3 shaky innings.
Paredes homered in the third and Davis went deep in the fourth, both on the first pitch. Whitley then plunked Steve Pearce with a wayward breaking ball, and one out later De Aza drove a 2-2 delivery into the stands for a 4-0 lead.
All three home runs cleared the short porch in right field.
''The first one that Paredes hit, hopefully that fan's hand is OK because he hit that one pretty well,'' Whitley said. ''But the one De Aza hit, he hit a pretty good pitch.''
Manny Machado hit a leadoff double in the fifth and scored on a single by Young, who added an RBI double in the seventh after Paredes tripled.
''Jimmy's one of those guys that's been on both sides of the fence,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''He wants to stay in this lineup and he's doing what it takes. He doesn't want to go back to all the things he's been through with waiver wires and what have you. He wants to make sure he's found a home.''
Paredes, a former Yankees farmhand, has 25 hits this season, 12 for extra bases.
''You hear these people talk about exit velos. You know, they abbreviate everything nowadays. Your ears tell you what exit velo is when guys hit up here, and Jimmy's making some loud noises right now,'' Showalter said.
Orioles: Ryan Flaherty did not start, one day after returning to the lineup from a strained right groin. But Showalter said he was pleasantly surprised by how good Flaherty felt, and the second baseman entered on defense in the seventh. Pearce made his fifth start this season at second. ... All-Star CF Adam Jones went 1 for 4 after getting shaken up Friday night when he banged into the outfield fence trying to make a catch. Showalter said Jones hurt his upper ribcage area, but didn't want to talk about it too much.
Yankees: New York put reliever Chris Martin on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow. RHP Branden Pinder was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ''Our bullpen guys have been used a lot and there's no denying that,'' manager Joe Girardi said.
Orioles: RHP Bud Norris (1-3, 9.75 ERA) is scheduled to start Sunday when the Orioles attempt to gain a series split. But he was sent back to the team hotel Saturday because he wasn't feeling well. ''I feel confident Bud will be fine. Just wanted to get ahead of it,'' Showalter said. ''We did some things with our `pen today to make sure that we can cover it.''
Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (4-0, 2.97 ERA) has won a career-high six straight decisions dating to last September.