NEW YORK—Hard as it was to believe, the Orioles had the tying run at bat with one out.
Trailing 8-3 in the eighth, the Orioles rallied against New York Yankees reliever Luis Cessa.
Cessa allowed four of his five batters to reach until Yankees manager Aaron Boone had enough and called for Zack Britton.
Britton inherited a bases-loaded mess, and with Pedro Severino representing the tying run, the catcher struck out. Jace Peterson walked, and the Orioles, who had already scored on Renato Nunez’s infield out, scored their second run of the inning.
Stevie Wilkerson grounded to short, and the rally was over, and the Yankees beat the Orioles, 8-5, in the first game of a day/night doubleheader on Monday.
Gabriel Ynoa was left in long enough to allow seven runs in six innings, enabling manager Brandon Hyde to save his bullpen for the second game.
“We have the 26th man today, but you want Gabby to go as deep as possible,” Hyde said. “With us already being down three or four runs you’re trying to stretch him out a little bit there and he gave us six innings, did a nice job. Just a couple bad misses on pitches.”
Renato Nunez’s fly ball against James Paxton gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead, but Didi Gregorius’ three-run home run and Gleyber Torres’ solo homer put the Yankees ahead, 4-1.
Eleven of Torres’ 24 home runs have come against the Orioles.
“Obviously, as a pitcher you want to get those guys out,” Ynoa said through a translator. “You really think about how to get those guys out and attack them. Unfortunately, they really don’t miss any mistakes, so it’s a challenge.”
The Yankees’ win was their 13th straight against the Orioles.
“Obviously, they’re a really good team, first place,” Santander said through a translator. “At the same time, we just try and stay positive and keep playing every single day.”
New York hit four more home runs against Ynoa and have hit an astounding 56 in 16 games with the Orioles. The Orioles also set the American League record for most home runs allowed in a season, 245. The major league mark, 258, was set by Cincinnati in 2016.
“The long ball beat us again today,” Hyde said. “We do a nice job scoring there in the top of the first and give it right back and then some with Gregorius and Gleyber going deep.
“I thought Gabby threw the ball decent after that and the good thing is he went six innings for us, which on a day like today you need your starters to give you some length. But, yeah, just a few home runs, they hit four and tough to recover from that.”
Gio Urshela’s RBI double in the second was the fifth run off Ynoal. Urshela hit his 18th in the fifth, and Cameron Maybin homered in the sixth.
“The ball Gregorius hit was center-cut middle of the plate, and the slider to Cameron Maybin was on the wrong side of the plate,” Hyde said. “They made us pay for it all year when we’ve missed location.”
Trey Mancini hit an opposite-field home run to right in the third, and Anthony Santander hit one to left-center in the sixth.
It was Mancini’s 28th home run and Santander’s 10th. Santander is hitting .310 with an .869 OPS.
“I think the biggest difference is the experience,” Santander said of his play this year. “I have a better understanding of what pitchers are trying to do against me, and also playing regularly really helps.”
Branden Kline relieved Ynoa and gave up New York’s eighth run on Gregorius’ sacrifice fly.
After the game, Kline was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Kline has a 7.44 ERA.
Jimmy Yacabonis, who was called up to serve as the 26th man, pitched a scoreless eighth. Evan Phillips, who replaced Tayler Scott on the roster, was also recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.
Aroldis Chapman pitched a spotless ninth for his 32nd save.
Blach on hand: The Orioles have left-hander Ty Blach starting the second game. Blach was claimed on waivers from San Francisco on August 3 and was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
“It’s one of the stadiums I haven’t been to yet,” Blach said. “To be able to be here at Yankee Stadium is pretty special.”
Hyde saw him with the Giants when he was a coach with the Chicago Cubs.
“A crafty left-hander that’s a strike thrower,” Hyde said. “Pretty deceptive.”
Blach is 15-19 with a 4.56 ERA in 87 games with the Giants from 2016-19.
“I think there’s a lot of guys in the same boat,” Blach said. “A lot of guys that are looking to build, start this rebuild here and get this rebuilding moving in the right direction. I’m just hoping to be a part of that.”
Injury updates: Dwight Smith Jr. (left calf) should go on a rehab assignment later this week, Hyde said.
DJ Stewart (concussion) could be ready to play on Wednesday for the last game of the series here or in Boston on Friday.
Mark Trumbo (knee) would like to play in September, and Hyde thinks that’s a possibility.
“He’s definitely going to take some bats and get some innings in,” Hyde said. “I’m looking forward to him joining us in September if everything goes well. Obviously, I’d love to have him in the dugout, in the lineup, in the clubhouse on a daily basis. We’ll see how he does in the next couple of weeks.”