BALTIMORE—After John Means threw his no-hitter on May 5th, the Orioles were within one game of .500 and hoped that marvelous performance would provide a spark. Instead, they’ve skidded.
Since then, the Orioles have lost seven of eight. On Saturday night, they were beaten soundly, 8-2, by the New York Yankees before 10,767 at Oriole Park.
The Orioles (16-23) have lost the first two games of the series to the Yankees (22-17) and have lost the first six series at home. They’re 5-15 at Camden Yards.
Jorge López (1-4), who had not allowed a run in the first inning in his previous seven starts this season, had an awful first. He began by walking DJ LeMahieu. Luke Voit singled, and Aaron Judge walked to load the bases. After Gio Urshela struck out, LeMahieu scored on Chance Sisco’s passed ball, and Voit and Judge came home on a two-run single up the middle by Gary Sánchez. The Yankees led, 3-0.
In the second, LeMahieu singled with one out. With two outs, Aaron Judge homered to left, his 11th of the season and third in two days. Six of Judge’s 11 home runs have come against the Orioles.
López was pulled after two innings and 71 pitches. He allowed five runs, one unearned, on six hits.
“He’s been so good early in the game,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “They jumped all over him.
“Lopie’s been working ahead of hitters and finishing them … He just couldn’t do that in the first couple of innings tonight.”
Lopez was not available for the media after the game.
Keegan Akin, who was a candidate to start Sunday’s game, replaced him for the third and pitched three scoreless innings. But he seemed to tire in the sixth when the Yankees loaded the bases on three singles. Tyler Wells replaced him with one out.
Wells balked before he threw his first pitch, scoring Brett Gardner. Luke Voit singled to score two more, and the Orioles trailed, 8-0. Akin was charged with those three runs.
“I’m really disappointed that those three runs scored that inning because it doesn’t dictate how well he threw,” Hyde said. “I was really encouraged with his aggression. He was attacking a good lineup, using multiple pitches.”
The Orioles had a threat in the bottom of the third. Rio Ruiz led off with a single and, with one out, Chance Sisco doubled. Cedric Mullins walked to load the bases, but Austin Hays hit into a double play to end the inning.
They finally scored against Domingo Germán in the sixth when Trey Mancini’s infield out scored Sisco.
Germán (3-2) allowed one run on four hits in six innings. He’s 6-0 against the Orioles with a 2.29 ERA.
Ramón Urías’ RBI single in the ninth scored the Orioles’ final run.
The Orioles haven’t announced a starter for Sunday’s game. Hyde said that the Orioles could use an opener and make it a bullpen game. The team did not make a roster move after the game.
Notes: Mike Baumann threw two hitless innings for Low-A Delmarva in a rehab start. Baumann, who has been held back by a forearm injury, walked three and struck out in two in the Shorebirds’ 12-2 win over Fredericksburg. … Gunnar Henderson, who was playing third base, had four hits, drove in four runs and is batting .366. … The Orioles’ recorded their fourth sellout of the season.
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