Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Orioles Suffer Another Lopsided Loss At Yankee Stadium

Before the team's 8-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Friday night - another example dissecting the difference between postseason contender and pretender - manager Buck Showalter wasn't going to give any indication that he believed the season was over.

The Yankees (82-66) extended their stretch of winning seasons to 25, the second-longest such streak in major league history behind their own 39 straight from 1926-64.

They enter the day 5 1/2 games back of the Twins for the second AL wild card spot with 14 games remaining and five teams ahead of them for that final playoff spot. But Friday night's game ended as most have this season in NY, with the Orioles outplayed by the Yankees in every facet. It is the first time in a season they scored at least eight runs in five straight home games against one opponent since doing so in 1949 against the St. Louis Browns, who became the Orioles in 1955.

Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery (8-7) allowed four hits in six innings.

The Yankees took a 3-0 lead as Hellickson lost the strike zone by issuing consecutive walks to Chase Headley and Aaron Judge with two outs in the third.

It marked the fifth time the Yankees produced one run or fewer in his starts, which have been each of his losses with them.

While Judge's impressive performance will grab headlines, starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's gem is just as important to the Yankees.

Aaron Judge, who has 11 homers off Baltimore pitching, didn't add to his totals as he struck out twice and drew a pair of walks He also scored twice, increasing his league-leading total to 114.

Still, Ynoa pitched well for his second Orioles start, allowing two earned runs to a Yankees offense that had scored in double digits five times in the first seven meetings betweenthe teams in NY. It didn't really hurt or bother me.

Castillo's homer gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead, a cushion Ynoa would give up in the second on Chris Davis' fielding error on a ball to first base off the bat of Greg Bird. "I'm just trying to hit line drives". Bird then hit a 2-2 pitch about halfway up the second deck in right field to knock out Hellickson. The veteran right-hander is 2-5 with a 7.29 ERA since being traded from Philadelphia on July 28.

Despite missing almost the entire opening month of the season, Gregorius still became the first shortstop in team history with at least 20 homers in back-to-back seasons, and he ranks third on the Yankees this season with 80 RBIs, a mark Jeter last surpassed in 2006.

While the Yankees were enjoying their latest romp over the Orioles, Baltimore had little answers for another lopsided game in NY.

NY has some solid bats as well. "That's a bad combination".

The Orioles also are failing to get hits as they didn't get a runner into scoring position until the seventh Saturday and didn't score until Austin Hays hit his first career homer in the ninth.

Yankees: RHP Adam Warren (lower back spasm) was expected to throw on flat ground Saturday.

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