After being swept by the Yankees thus far into the season, Baltimore dropped the game to New York 4-1 in 15 innnings. Jeremy Accardo received the loss and Hector Noesi got his first win of his career.
The Orioles threatened early in the second inning with Luke Scott doubling to left center field and being moved around to third by Matt Wieters, who remains to be the leader in the American League with runners in scoring position. However, the Birds failed to score as J.J. Hardy smoked a ball up the middle, but Bartolo Colon made an outstanding catch with quick reflexes and doubled up Wieters at first to end the inning.
Like they have all season against the O’s, the Yankees got ahead first in the fourth inning. Alex Rodriguez singled to start off the inning and moved to second on a Robinson Cano ground out. Rodriguez moved over to third after an error by Robert Andino, who struggled in his start at second base. Nick Swisher drove him in with a sacrifice fly to right field to give New York the lead with an unearned run.
With the New York starter taking no prisoners, the Orioles finally broke through in the bottom of the ninth. Adam Jones and Nick Markakis hit back-to-back singles, getting Jones to third. Vladimir Guerrero sacrifice flied to drive in the tying run.
Failing to come through with the bases loaded in the eleventh and twelfth, Baltimore could not come through given the opportunities. The Yankees reciprocated the failure, stranding the bases loaded in the thirteenth.
In the fifteenth inning, Teixeira and Rodriguez started it off with back-to-back singles and were driven in by a double by Robinson Cano, who reached third on an error by Jones. Gardner brought him in on a sacrifice fly.
Zach Britton has had no run support in the last four of his starts, leaving after 7.0 innings of work and down 1-0. He gave up six hits and an unearned run during his outing. Britton gave up three walks and got only four strike outs with 58 of his 102 being for strikes. He was having issues finding his location throughout the night and went deep into the count but was able to get out of the innings without damage, getting another quality start.
Clay Rapada came on to do his job in the eighth, retiring the one batter he faced as the lefty specialist. Jason Berken took the mound to finish the inning on a double play after surrendering the walk. Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth, sitting the side down in order as he recorded two strike outs. Koji Uehara worked the tenth inning, getting three strike outs and leaving one stranded. Jim Johnson sat the side down in the eleventh and got the three outs to end the twelfth as well.
Jeremy Accardo came out of the pen in the thirteenth and fourteenth, going scoreless. He was replaced by Mike Gonzalez after allowing the first two batter on in the fifteenth. Gonzalez was thrown out of the ball game after hitting Dickerson with a pitch on the helmet. Jeremy Guthrie relieved him, sitting down the three batters he faced.
Bartolo Colon dominated 8.0 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and one walk while racking up seven strike outs. Marino Rivera blew the save as he came on in the ninth to close the game. He gave up a run on two hits. Luis Ayala went scoreless in the tenth. He stayed on in the eleventh for 0.1 of an inning, leaving with the bases loaded. Boone Logan inherited the runners and left them stranded, retiring the two batters he faced. Hector Noesi took the twelfth in his major league debut, walking and striking out two and leaving two runners in scoring position. The rookie stayed on in the thirteenth, stranding two more runners and retired the side in order in the fourteenth. Noesi left the first two hitters reach in the fifteenth before getting the outs to strand two more runners.
Hitters were retired in order six times on the night as 13 in a row were sat down from the end of the second inning to the seventh. In five of Britton’s starts, the offense has scored one or fewer runs while he was on the mound. Jones, Pie, Guerrero, and Wieters had multi-hit games. The O’s left 15 men on base and were 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
With his sixth outfield assist tonight, Adam Jones is tied for first place in the American League. Until tonight, the bullpen had allowed at least one run in each of the last five games. The Yankees had only three innings where only three came to the plate and got the leadoff man on in seven innings. Accardo has allowed runs in seven of his last eight appearances.
Finishing off the short series tomorrow, the Orioles are supposed to send Jeremy Guthrie (1-6) to the mound to face C.C. Sabathia (3-3). Guthrie’s start is questionable since he came on in relief.