Three New York relievers combined to allow five runs in the pivotal sixth inning, and the Yankees fell to the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 Wednesday night.
David Carpenter gave up a leadoff homer to Jonathan Schoop and Delmon Young greeted reliever Tom Wilson with a pinch-hit RBI single. Chris Davis followed with a two-run double and Caleb 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,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We just couldn’t seem to get through that sixth inning.”
New York’s bullpen came into Wednesday night with a 1.73 ERA.
“We have some great arms in there,” starter Nathan Eovaldi said. “It was just one of those nights.”
Yankees relievers David Carpenter and Justin Wilson gave up five runs in the sixth as the O’s won 7-5 in Baltimore to win the three-game series.
The bullpen couldn’t support Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi, who went five innings, allowing two runs and eight hits with nine strikeouts.
The O’s Jonathan Schoop led off the sixth with a homer off Carpenter. Chris Davis followed with a two-run double off Wilson. At one point the Orioles scored four runs on 12 pitches.
Alex Rodriguez’s 656th career homer in the fourth highlighted the Yankees’ offense.
Rodriguez also tied Derek Jeter for ninth place on MLB’s all-time runs scored list (1,923) and is 54 hits from 3,000.
The slumping Carlos Beltran, who started the season 5-for-33, hit a two-run double in the second. . .Brian McCann had a sac-fly RBI in the Yanks’ two-run eighth.
O’s closer Zach Britton earned his third save despite giving up a double to Chris Young and walk to Jacoby Ellsbury in the ninth. Britton struck out Stephen Drew and Gregorio Petit and got Chase Headley to ground out and end the game.
Davis also had an RBI single and Manny Machado homered in the fourth for the Orioles. .Baltimore starter Bud Norris went five innings, allowing three runs and five hits.
The Yankees (3-6), who are off Thursday, travel to Tampa Bay to start a three-game series Friday night. Adam Warren faces Nathan Karns.
Yankees minor leaguer RHP Wilking Rodriguez has been suspended 80 games for positive test for a performance enhancing drug.
Rodriguez tested positive for Furosemide.
The Yankees will bring up RHP Branden Pinder.
Pinder will replace RHP Joel De La Cruz, who will be sent back to Double-A Trenton.
New York also outrighted RHP Kyle Davies to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The New York Yankees made two errors on Tuesday night.
They now have made 10 errors in the team’s first eight games of the 2015 season.
Stephen Drew and Chase Headley have both made two errors, while Carlos Beltran, Didi Gregorius, Brian McCann, J.R. Murphy, Gregorio Petit and Alex Rodriguez have all made on error each.
The 10 errors lead Major League Baseball, while their .970 fielding percentage is the worst in the game.
Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez struck out 10 and allowed one run on four hits in seven innings as Baltimore beat the Yankees 4-3 at Camden Yards Tuesday.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia (0-2) gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings, including a solo home run to Adam Jones, who also had a sac fly RBI. Sabathia struck out seven and gave up one walk. .Everth Cabrera also had a sac fly RBI for the O’s.
Carlos Beltran’s RBI groundout and an error by left fielder Alejandro De Aza led to two Yankee runs in the eighth.
Zach Britton got a four-out save for the Orioles. He ended the game by getting pinch hitter Alex Rodriguez to ground out to short. Joe Girardi let Gregorio Petit and Chris Young hit ahead of A-Rod, who is 1-for-16 as a pinch hitter in his career.
Teixeira, Beltran (.156) and Young all doubled, but only Teixeira’s produced a run.
The Yankees wrap up the series against the Orioles Wednesday (7:05 p.m.) as Nathan Eovaldi faces Bud Norris.
Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez are both absent from the lineup on Tuesday night in Baltimore, weather permitting.
Gardner injured his wrist on Monday night, but X-rays came back negative.
- Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
- Chase Headley – 3B
- Carlos Beltran – RF
- Mark Teixeira – 1B
- Brian McCann – C
- Garrett Jones – DH
- Chris Young – LF
- Stephen Drew – 2B
- Didi Gregorius – SS
CC Sabathia takes the mound for the Yankees.