NEW YORK—The Orioles had a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning, lost it and their three-run lead but managed to win a game against New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning.
The Orioles loaded the bases with no outs against Chapman, and Pedro Severino’s sacrifice fly to left scored Ryan Mountcastle with the go-ahead run in a 4-3 win over the Yankees before an announced crowd of 34,571 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.
Chapman (5-4) struck out Mountcastle, but the third strike was wild, and Mountcastle reached first. Austin Hays blooped a single to left, and Chapman walked Trey Mancini to load the bases.
Ramón Urias struck out looking before Severino flied to left to score Mountcastle.
Cole Sulser (4-3) recorded the final four outs for the Orioles (42-92), who had lost 15 of 17 in the Bronx.
After winning 13 in a row, their most since 1961, New York (78-57) has lost five of seven.
The Orioles won despite leaving 12 on base and going just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. They won primarily because five pitchers combined to allow the Yankees just three hits.
“I thought we pitched extremely well,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “We definitely hurt ourselves by not capitalizing more with runners in scoring position … it’s hard to win that way.”
Starter Chris Ellis pitched five hitless innings. In the first, leftfielder Ryan McKenna dropped Aaron Judge’s liner to left with two outs. Ellis walked Kyle Higashioka twice and, with two outs in the fifth, walked Tyler Wade. With runners on first and second, Ellis retired DJ LeMahieu on a popup to second.
Ellis threw 92 pitches and struck out two.
“It kind of flew by for me,” Ellis said. “It was one of those weird outings where Sevy was putting down all the right pitches. We felt like we made enough pitches to keep us in there. I threw a lot more pitches than I thought I did, but at least we’re in a spot to win the game.”
Ellis has allowed one run on two hits in 9 2/3 innings in his last two starts.
“That was a great start to the game for us,” Hyde said.
Tanner Scott retired all three batters he faced in the sixth, striking out Judge and Giancarlo Stanton for the second and third outs of the inning.
In the fourth, Mancini singled against Jordan Montgomery with one out, moved to third on a double by Severino, and scored on a wild pitch by Montgomery as Jorge Mateo walked.
Jahmai Jones and Cedric Mullins each doubled to begin the inning, and the Orioles led, 2-0. Andrew Velazquez, who played for the Orioles last year, made an excellent stop at shortstop on Mountcastle’s hard grounder, and Mullins took third.
Hays tapped a ball back to Yankees reliever Wandy Peralta, with Mullins running on contact. Peralta’s flip to Higashioka at the plate was not in time, and Mullins scored for a 3-0 lead.
Anthony Rizzo bounced to Jones at second to begin the seventh, and Jones booted the ball for an error as the no-hitter continued.
“I wouldn’t say I’m nervous,” Jones said. “It’s on everybody’s mind in the back of their heads, but the ultimate thing for me is getting a win. That’s what we did today, and that’s all I think about when I’m playing is how I can help this team win as many games as possible.”
After walking Brett Gardner, Scott was replaced by Marcos Diplán. Gary Sanchez flied to center, with Rizzo taking third. Gleyber Torres hit a grounder up the middle that Jones tried to backhand to the right of second, but he didn’t field it cleanly. Torres was awarded a hit.
“I think I should make that play,” Jones said. “I felt like I got to it with enough time. It would have been a tough play to either flip to [shortstop Jorge] Mateo or reach across and throw him out. I feel like anytime I get my glove on a ball, I should make a play, no matter where it is.”
Torres was on with the Yankees’ first hit, and Rizzo scored. Luke Voit grounded into a double play, with Mountcastle making an excellent scoop of Jones’ throw in the dirt. It kept the Orioles in front, 3-1, after seven.
DJ LeMahieu singled to lead off the seventh, and reliever Jorge López allowed Joey Gallo’s 31st home run to tie the score, 3-3.
Ellis has impressed the Orioles in his brief time, and the 29-year-old is thrilled to have a chance to start in the majors.
“Camden Yards is awesome, man, but when you come and pitch in Yankee Stadium, it’s surreal,” Ellis said. “It’s been a long journey to get here.”
With four weeks to go in the season, Ellis is excited.
“Man, I’m in The Show, dude,” Ellis said. “I’m on full go right now. My arm’s irrelevant right now. I feel great. Give me the ball. Let me go out there and chuck it. I know we’re going to put some runs and try to win as many ballgames as we can, man.”
Notes: Keegan Akin (2-8, 6.90 ERA) faces Corey Kluber (4-3, 3.61) on Sunday. … Hyde said he’d announce Monday’s starter on Sunday. … Ellis is the first Oriole starter to throw at least five hitless innings against the Yankees since Hoyt Wilhelm threw a no-hitter for the Orioles on September 20,1958. … Mancini reached base five times, equaling a career high.
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