BALTIMORE -- Jimmy Yacabonis (Yac), added as the 26th man for the first game of Saturday's day/night doubleheader, allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Yankees defeated the Orioles, 10-3, at Camden Yards.Yacabonis (0-2) has been added to start in the first game of three doubleheaders since July
BALTIMORE -- Jimmy Yacabonis (Yac), added as the 26th man for the first game of Saturday's day/night doubleheader, allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Yankees defeated the Orioles, 10-3, at Camden Yards.
Yacabonis (0-2) has been added to start in the first game of three doubleheaders since July 9, two times against the Yankees.
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"It's definitely been tough, but I've been going through it all year, so it's definitely not something I can make an excuse for," Yacabonis said about moving up to the Majors on short notice. "It's the situation I've got to work though."
Manager Buck Showalter said Yacabonis had a lack of fastball command, and everything else emanated from that.
"Looked like after the first inning he was going to be able to give us some length there, but he used up a lot of pitches, deep counts," Showalter said. "Today wasn't a good day for him."
After success in the Minors as a reliever -- and some success in the Majors last season -- the Orioles decided to try Yacabonis as a starter this season.
"Definitely satisfied," Yacabonis said. "I've had a couple of hiccups here and there [at Triple-A] Norfolk, where I had a couple of starts that didn't go my way. Up here, I've had four starts, and today was by far the worst of the four. It's a learning experience, and I've just got to sit back and just try and correct the things I did wrong and learn from [the experience]."
Miguel Andujar's 21st home run, a three-run shot, keyed a four-run third that gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead. Brett Gardner added a two-run homer against Ryan Meisinger (Meis) in the fourth and Gleyber Torres hit his 19th in the eighth against Sean Gilmartin (Gilly). Aaron Hicks made it 10-2 with his 21st in the ninth off Mike Wright Jr. (Bird).
Giancarlo Stanton could have hit the 300th home run of his career in the sixth, but Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins (The Entertainer) leaped high enough to rob Stanton.
"I knew it had a lot of air to it," Mullins said. "I gave myself some time to get to the wall and kind of judge whether or not I had to make a jump for it."
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J.A. Happ (15-6) allowed two runs on five hits in six innings. Renato Nunez (Tato) hit a two-run single in the second that gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead.
The Orioles lost for the sixth straight time, and have seven losing streaks of six games or more this season.
Mullins had his second three-hit game in 14 Major League contests. He also had three hits in his first game on Aug. 10. He's batting .333, and .414 in eight home games.
HE SAID IT
"He actually drove in." -- Showalter, on whether it was difficult for Yacabonis to parachute in on short notice
Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.