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O's can't back quality Cashner as skid continues

Machado's first-inning homer, his 17th, provides lone run vs. Yankees
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BALTIMORE -- Andrew Cashner's first season with the Orioles has been a difficult one, for him and the team. At times, Cashner has pitched well enough to win, but his teammates haven't scored very many runs for him.

That was again the case on Friday night, when Cashner gave up three runs over six innings in the Orioles' 4-1 loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards.

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BALTIMORE -- Andrew Cashner's first season with the Orioles has been a difficult one, for him and the team. At times, Cashner has pitched well enough to win, but his teammates haven't scored very many runs for him.

That was again the case on Friday night, when Cashner gave up three runs over six innings in the Orioles' 4-1 loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards.

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Shortstop Manny Machado's first-inning homer, his 17th of the season, off Yanks starter Sonny Gray proved to be the O's lone run, and they mustered only five hits.

Video: NYY@BAL: Machado lines solo HR to right in the 1st

Cashner is now 2-7, and in six of those losses, the Orioles scored three runs or fewer.

"It's been difficult, but you've just got to show up and try to win today," Cashner said. "Nobody's going to feel sorry for you. You've got to try to keep picking each other up. You can't cash it in."

Video: NYY@BAL: Cashner K's Judge with bases loaded

The Orioles have lost six straight and scored just seven runs in those games, but Cashner strives to ignore that.

"I don't focus on the offense," Cashner said. "My job is to make pitches. I mean, they'll turn it around. I believe in all the guys we have in here. It's just time for me to make pitches."

Cashner did what he could to keep the game close, and he showed serious mettle in the third inning, during which he allowed the first four batters to reach on a walk and three singles, including Gleyber Torres' RBI hit.

Video: NYY@BAL: Davis throws home to cut down lead runner

But with the bases loaded and no outs, Cashner then struck out Aaron Judge and induced Greg Bird to ground into a forceout -- as first baseman Chris Davis made an alert throw home to nab the lead runner -- before getting Giancarlo Stanton to ground out and end the inning.

Video: NYY@BAL: Bird scores Gardner with first career triple

Cashner then allowed single runs in the fifth, on Bird's long triple to center that tangled up Adam Jones, and in the sixth, on Austin Romine's double to right that eluded Joey Rickard.

Video: NYY@BAL: Romine hits 2-out double to score Gregorius

Judge hit his 16th home run against Tanner Scott in the seventh.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Orioles missed a golden opportunity to cash in during the eighth inning, when Yankees reliever Dellin Betances walked Jones and Machado with one out before hitting Mark Trumbo with a pitch to load the bases. But Jonathan Schoop struck out, and Davis flied out to center field to end the threat.

Video: NYY@BAL: Betances escapes bases-loaded jam unscathed

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Torres was thinking three bases out of the box when he ripped a fifth-inning liner into the left-field corner, but Trey Mancini was having none of it. After bobbling the carom, the left fielder made a strong throw to nail Torres at third -- after the Yankees second baseman lost his shoe in the middle of the baseline. As it was, the play was close enough for the Yankees' video team to give it a serious look, but Yankees manager Aaron Boone elected not to challenge.

"We were over there going, 'You ever run out of your shoes before?'" Boone said. "I didn't even see the throw come in because I saw the shoe go flying. I was just hoping he could stay on his feet. We considered challenging until the end and got the word to not challenge. Good at-bat, first out at third there when he almost fell down. We can laugh about it now." More >

Video: NYY@BAL: Mancini throws out shoeless Torres at third

SOUND SMART
The Orioles struck out 12 times on Friday night, marking the 26th time in 57 games the Orioles have struck out 10 or more times.

HE SAID IT
"There are some other things you can do. We'll keep looking at other ways to approach it. As soon as the game ends, we talk about something different for tomorrow. ... There's only so long before you have to do some things. You keep waiting. The pitchers are good. This is the big leagues. But we've been better in these situations in the past. We've had over two months of baseball, so it's been a challenge for us." -- Manager Buck Showalter, on the Orioles' lack of offensive punch

Video: NYY@BAL: Showalter, Cashner and Mancini on loss

UP NEXT
Kevin Gausman tries to rebound from his worst start of the season when he faces the Yankees on Saturday (4:05 p.m. ET) at Camden Yards. Gausman allowed seven runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings against the Rays on Sunday in St. Petersburg. In 23 career appearances against the Yankees, the right-hander is 7-5 with a 3.53 ERA. New York will counter with right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.

Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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