BALTIMORE -- Andrew Cashner (Cash) allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits while the Orioles managed just three hits against Sonny Gray (Pickles) over 6 1/3 innings in Baltimore's 5-1 loss to the Yankees in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Saturday at Oriole Park.The defeat was the Orioles'
BALTIMORE -- Andrew Cashner (Cash) allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits while the Orioles managed just three hits against Sonny Gray (Pickles) over 6 1/3 innings in Baltimore's 5-1 loss to the Yankees in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Saturday at Oriole Park.
The defeat was the Orioles' seventh straight and put them at 37-93. The Yankees beat the Orioles, 10-3, in the first game.
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Cashner (4-12) trailed by three runs after two innings, and with the help of Caleb Joseph (Cale), who threw out two baserunners stealing, was able to keep the lead from growing. Cashner also picked off Aaron Hicks (Hicksie) in the first. Hicks drove in the Yankees' first run.
The Yankees' fourth run scored after an error by Trey Mancini (Boomer) at first, and Cashner was able to at least claim a quality start.
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"You obviously want to pitch for yourself too," Cashner said. "But I think you want to pick other guys up on the club. I think for me, it's just that grinder mentality, never giving in, constantly grinding pitch to pitch. Whether you're first or last, it doesn't matter. You're out there pitching for your team that day and trying to win."
The Orioles had runners on second and third with two outs in the fourth after Chris Davis (Crush) singled and Mancini doubled, but Renato Nunez (Tato) struck out to end the inning. Mancini had three hits.
"As an offense, you want to give your guys run support," Mancini said. "It was a tough day. I did not play well at first base today. I didn't help the cause there at all. Cashner did a great job of doing damage control there."
Jonathan Holder (Holdy) allowed one hit in 1 2/3 innings, and Tommy Kahnle allowed the Orioles' only run on an RBI single by Jace Peterson (Petey) with two outs in the ninth. Dellin Betances (El Acido) struck out Joseph to earn his first save.
"Offensively it's been a struggle," manager Buck Showalter said. "We scored, what, four runs in 18 innings. Give a lot of credit to their pitching, but that and being consistent defensively has been a real challenge for us. So, there's two obvious things we've got to get better at."
Miguel Castro (Villa Hermosa) allowed a leadoff home run to Austin Romine (Ro) in the ninth.
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With runners at second and third and the Yankees ahead, 2-0, in the second, Brett Gardner grounded to Mancini at first. His throw home was off-line and allowed Romine to score.
"I gripped it way too tight, and after that, I don't know if it got in my head a little bit, but I played a little timid," Mancini said. "If you do that here, you're going to get eaten alive. Up to today, I feel like if I could hang my hat on something this year, I feel like I played well over there this year. Today, definitely not the case."
Castro's second-half ERA is 7.47 in 13 games. He's allowed five home runs in 15 2/3 innings. In the season's first half, Castro had an ERA of 3.54 and allowed three homers in 56 innings.
"Pretty good tonight except for the home run," Showalter said. "He just got ambushed on a fastball. I've said it before, sometimes guys are fine physically, sometimes the knife gets a little dull."
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"We gave them about four extra outs, so that doesn't bode well, early in the game especially." -- Showalter, on the Orioles' shoddy defense behind Cashner
Dylan Bundy (Dilly), who has an 8.35 ERA in six second-half starts, will try to rebound when he faces Yankees right-hander Luis Severino (Sevy), who will be going for his 17th win, on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. ET (live on ESPN) at Oriole Park.
Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.