NEW YORK—The Orioles finally broke out of their scoring slump. They had 12 hits and scored three runs in the first three innings. After that, the New York Yankees used the long ball to beat the Orioles, 6-3, before an announced crowd of 46,015 at Yankee Stadium on Monday night.
Harrison Bader hit a three-run home run off Oriole relief pitcher Danny Coulombe in the bottom of the eighth to break a 3-3 tie.
Oriole starting pitcher Tyler Wells allowed back-to-back homers to Anthony Volpe and Kyle Higashioka in the fifth, and after the Yankees (47-38) tied the score in the seventh on a wild pitch by reliever Yennier Cano (1-1), Giancarlo Stanton singled against Cano to start the eighth.
Anthony Rizzo singled against Coulombe, and Bader hit his seventh home run to left, and it was 6-3.
“They’ve been great all year, and we just had an off night in the ‘pen,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “We got 12 hits and only scored three runs. We had multiple opportunities there to extend the lead a few times. That’s disappointing, but they beat us with homers tonight.”
Yankees reliever Danny Kahnle (1-0) threw a scoreless eighth. Clay Holmes pitched the ninth for his 10th save.
The Orioles (49-34) remain in second place in the American League East, three games ahead of the third-place Yankees (47-38). The Orioles have lost five of six.
Yankees starting pitcher Domingo Germán, who threw the 24th perfect game in baseball history in his last start, retired the Orioles in order in the first, but three straight singles by Ryan O’Hearn, Ramón Urías and Cedric Mullins in the second gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead.
Mullins’ hit broke an 0-for-15 streak.
Adley Rutschman’s run-scoring double, and O’Hearn’s RBI single in the third gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead.
‘We got some hits with runners in scoring position, just not enough,” Hyde said. “We didn’t hit with much power tonight. They did, and we didn’t. They got runs back quickly and we got to string hits together. We didn’t string enough.”
Germán allowed three runs, one unearned, on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.
O’Hearn was 2-for-26 entering the game.
“I thought overall we played well,” O’Hearn said. “A couple of big situations, things didn’t go our way … A tough one, I feel like we should have won this game.”
Wells allowed two hits in the first four innings, and after two were out in the fifth, he allowed the back-to-back home runs. Wells has allowed 21 homers this season.
“I thought there was a lot of hard contact,” Wells said. “If I give my team a chance to win, then I’m happy. That’s what I’m trying to do every single time I go out there.”
With one out in the sixth, Stanton doubled and Rizzo walked. Wells ended the inning by getting Bader to foul out to Gunnar Henderson at third and Josh Donaldson to pop out to shortstop Jorge Mateo.
In six innings, Wells allowed two runs on five hits.
“If I’m going out there and giving up two solo homers and going six every time, sometimes it’s hard to complain,” Wells said. “If there’s a point I want to work on, specifically, it’s probably that.
“Whenever those solo homers start turning into two-, three-run homers, that’s whenever it becomes a problem, and I don’t want to have that problem. Fortunately, I’ve been able to make outs in those big spots, but I definitely would be nice to cut them back.”
Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Volpe singled against Oriole reliever Mike Baumann to start the seventh. Both runners moved up on Higashioka’s sacrifice. DJ LeMahieu bounced back to Cano, who threw home to get Kiner-Falefa, trying to score.
Cano threw a wild pitch, allowing Volpe to score, and it was 3-3 after seven.
“We’re not doing anything different,” O’Hearn said. “It’s just the way the game goes. Sometimes, like tonight, things don’t bounce your way. We’ve got a really good team and a really good lineup, really good pitching. We have everything you need to have success and we will. Just a tough stretch here. We’ve got to find a way to finish strong in this first half and have a solid road trip.’
Notes: Chris Vallimont made his major league debut. He recorded two outs and allowed a hit in the eighth. He’s the 41st player used by the Orioles this season and the fourth to make his debut. … Kyle Gibson (8-5, 4.66) will face Clarke Schmidt (3-6, 4.37) on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. … Triple-A Norfolk’s game against Charlotte was postponed by rain. … Double-A Bowie scored five runs in the eighth to beat Somerset, 5-4. Infielder Coby Mayo had two hits. … Single-A Delmarva beat Lynchburg, 3-0. Three Shorebird pitchers combined to allow three hits. Moises Chace registered his first save, allowing one hit in three innings.