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CC burned by costly HRs in opener with O's

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BALTIMORE -- CC Sabathia raised both arms in exaltation after coercing a fifth-inning double-play ball on Monday, a high point of an effort in which he had to grind hard against a last-place Orioles club. The lefty's jubilance did not last, as Danny Valencia's go-ahead homer handed the Yankees a 5-4 loss in the first game of a doubleheader at Camden Yards.

Valencia snapped an 0-for-25 skid as he sent an 80.4-mph Sabathia slider beyond the center-field wall for a three-run blast in the sixth inning, helping Baltimore capitalize after first baseman Neil Walker whiffed on a potential twin-killing that was scored as a double for Jonathan Schoop.

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BALTIMORE -- CC Sabathia raised both arms in exaltation after coercing a fifth-inning double-play ball on Monday, a high point of an effort in which he had to grind hard against a last-place Orioles club. The lefty's jubilance did not last, as Danny Valencia's go-ahead homer handed the Yankees a 5-4 loss in the first game of a doubleheader at Camden Yards.

Valencia snapped an 0-for-25 skid as he sent an 80.4-mph Sabathia slider beyond the center-field wall for a three-run blast in the sixth inning, helping Baltimore capitalize after first baseman Neil Walker whiffed on a potential twin-killing that was scored as a double for Jonathan Schoop.

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"I think it was just a pitch he knew was coming," Sabathia said. "I probably should've went a different way right there, especially after he swung at the first one and I tried to do it again. That was a mistake on my part. Both of those guys that I get out most of the time, so that's frustrating."

Video: NYY@BAL: Valencia puts O's ahead with 3-run HR in 6th

The O's snapped a six-game losing streak and won for just the second time in 15 contests. New York fell to 3-4 against Baltimore this season as Mark Trumbo also hit a two-run homer off Sabathia, part of a lengthy fourth inning in which Sabathia was able to pin the bases loaded to prevent further damage.

"They have some right-handed hitters with some power, but usually CC is able to take advantage of some teams that are aggressive," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "This is a very aggressive team, but to their credit, I thought they did a real nice job of laying off some close pitches and the cut fastball."

Sabathia barked frequently at home-plate umpire John Tumpane as he permitted seven hits over five-plus innings. He has not defeated the Orioles since May 4, 2016, a span of nine starts.

"I'm usually better than that, and able to clear my mind and go out and just make pitches whatever the situation is," Sabathia said.

Video: NYY@BAL: Stanton slugs 22nd HR of '18 in 2nd inning

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 22nd homer before Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius punched run-scoring singles off O's right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis, who scattered six hits over five innings in his second big league start. Walker's sixth-inning RBI single off Mike Wright Jr. gave the Yankees a two-run lead at the time.

"They're all a grind, and every win is a good one and feels good," Boone said. "The losses stink. We don't have really a lot of time to soak this one in. We'll get onto the next one right now."

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Sabathia's fourth-inning strikeout of Joey Rickard marked his 1,528th strikeout as a Yankee, surpassing Red Ruffing (1,527) for fourth place on the franchise's all-time strikeout list.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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