Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) – Chris Davis went 2-for-5 with three RBI
and had a hand in a big sixth inning that lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 7-
5 win over the New York Yankees.
Baltimore scored five times in the sixth to erase a 3-2 deficit, with Davis
delivering a two-run double and Delmon Young coming through with a pinch-hit,
go-ahead single. Caleb Joseph also singled in a run while going 3-for-4.
Jonathan Schoop fueled the comeback with a solo homer, while Manny Machado had
one earlier to help the Orioles claim the rubber match of this three-game set
and finish 3-3 on their first homestand of the season.
The rally enabled Brad Brach (1-0) to pick up the victory with two shutout
innings in relief of Bud Norris, with Zach Britton working a scoreless ninth
to nail down his second save in as many nights.
Nathan Eovaldi was denied a first win as a Yankee when the New York bullpen
faltered in the sixth, as David Carpenter (0-1) and Justin Wilson were blasted
for five runs while recording only a single out.
Alex Rodriguez homered and ended 2-for-3 for the Yankees, who failed to take a
series for the third time to begin the season. Carlos Beltran laced a two-run
double in the loss.
Eovaldi struck out nine over five innings and exited with a 3-2 lead after
stranding nine Orioles over his stint. However, Baltimore had little problem
producing clutch hits against Carpenter and Wilson during its outburst in the
Schoop deposited Carpenter’s second pitch into the home bullpen to even the
score, and Alejandro De Aza followed with a single that preceded to a one-out
intentional walk to Adam Jones. Young then greeted Wilson with a base hit to
bring in De Aza and break the tie, right before Davis plated two more with an
opposite-field double that increased the lead to 6-3.
Davis later crossed the plate on Joseph’s third hit of the night, and Brach
tossed a scoreless seventh prior to Tommy Hunter running into trouble in the
Hunter was reached for a single by Chase Headley and a double from Mark
Teixeira that put two in scoring position with one out. After Brian McCann
lofted a sacrifice fly, Teixeira raced home on a wild pitch to pull New York
The Yankees did put the tying run on in the ninth when Chris Young doubled off
Britton and Jacoby Ellsbury drew a two-out walk. The Baltimore closer got
Headley to bounce into a fielder’s choice, though, to end the game.
Norris retired eight of the first nine New York hitters before struggling the
second time through the order. He surrendered a two-out double to Ellsbury and
walked Headley in the second inning to bring up Beltran, who crushed a
fastball off the top of the wall in right center to give the Yankees a 2-1
Baltimore had recorded the game’s initial run with three first-inning singles
off Eovaldi, with Davis driving in Everth Cabrera on the last.
Rodriguez’s 656th career homer, a no-doubter deep into the left-field seats
put the Yankees ahead by two in the top of the fourth. However, Machado got
the run back by crushing Eovaldi’s hanging slider inside the foul pole in left
in the Orioles’ half of the inning.
Norris lasted five innings, fanning seven but permitting three runs.
Teixeira has recorded a hit and an RBI in each of his last six games, his
longest streak since a six-game run from May 24-30, 2011 … Young led the
majors with a .500 average (10-for-20) as a pinch-hitter last season …
Rodriguez’s homer also was his 1,923rd career run scored, tying ex-Yankee
teammate Derek Jeter for ninth place on baseball’s all-time list … Eovaldi
has not won in 11 consecutive starts, the longest active streak in the majors.
The former Miami Marlin is 0-8 with three no-decisions over the stretch …
Yankees reliever Branden Pinder, called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre
earlier Wednesday, made his major league debut and threw a scoreless seventh