BALTIMORE -- The Orioles waited one hour and 37 minutes to complete the bottom of the eighth inning. But it was worth it as the O's used Matt Wieters' two-out, two-run single to rally back for a 3-1 win over the Yankees in the rubber game at Camden Yards on
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles waited one hour and 37 minutes to complete the bottom of the eighth inning. But it was worth it as the O's used Matt Wieters' two-out, two-run single to rally back for a 3-1 win over the Yankees in the rubber game at Camden Yards on Sunday afternoon.
The Orioles put runners on first and second with one out before play was halted due to the weather. When the game resumed, Aroldis Chapman got Jonathan Schoop to strike out before Francisco Pena singled to load the bases and set the stage for Wieters' big pinch-hit, which gave way to a third run thanks to an errant throw home.
"I think baseball is big on kind of, 'Been there, done that,'" Wieters said of the O's latest comeback win. "So that any time you get down, it's kind of nice to have games to look back on and sort of draw from that a little bit, and that experience can be used. So we'll see as the season goes on, we'll draw from the good and try and improve on the bad."
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Alex Rodriguez put the Yankees on the board with an RBI single off Kevin Gausman in the third. Gausman went six innings and held the Yankees to seven hits. His mound counterpart, CC Sabathia, struggled with command but managed to emerge unscathed. Sabathia allowed two hits and six walks, twice escaping a bases-loaded spot to go five scoreless innings.
"I tried to do whatever I could to keep us with that one-run lead," Sabathia said. "Hopefully next time out I'll be better and have some better control and keep the walks to a minimum."
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Wieters comes through: The O's catcher has been clutch all year and did it again in his only at-bat on Sunday. Baltimore went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and had left nine men on base before the rain delay.
"Same approach as 0-0, really -- just trying to be as short as possible," Wieters said of his 0-2 hit. "If you get the barrel on it, he'll supply the power to be able to get it through the infield. Frankie did a great job of being able to get a hit to set it up, and I was just trying to make contact." More >
Sabathia's high-wire act: Sabathia threw a season-high 111 pitches in five innings plus a batter but managed to escape multiple bases-loaded jams. After walking Manny Machado to load the bases with two outs in the third, Sabathia struck out Mark Trumbo on three pitches to end the threat. The scenario repeated in the fifth -- a two-out walk to Machado to load the bases, before a three-pitch strikeout of Trumbo. Sabathia allowed just two hits but issued a season-high six walks and hit a batter.
"He battled," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "He had to grind through getting us into the sixth inning. He threw a lot of pitches in the one inning -- 37 pitches [in the third] -- but I think he did a heck of a job."
Yanks 'pen can't hang on: Clinging to the one-run lead in the eighth, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances walked Trumbo and allowed a Chris Davis single before the delay. Both would score when play resumed after Chapman blew his first save in 10 attempts this season. Betances has now allowed at least one run in his last four appearances. The right-hander has thrown 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and six earned runs in four appearances since Tuesday.
"It's tough, obviously," said Betances, who dropped to 2-4 on the season. "You don't want to put your closer in that situation. I'm used to getting out of my own inning, but I had thrown a lot of pitches and, obviously, the weather stopped the game for a while. But I put him in a tough spot." More >
Gausman stops the slide: The righty turned in the first quality start for the O's in five games with Sunday's outing. Gausman became the first starter to allow fewer than five runs over that stretch, striking out five.
"You just try to get guys out -- especially in 3-1, 2-1 counts," Gausman said. "I felt like I was in a lot of 3-1, 2-1 counts and I think I only walked two guys, so that was good. But I had a good feel for my circle changeup tonight, and that kind of got me out of a lot of jams and I threw some great curveballs when I needed to."
"They should take some pride in the finished product today, but Kansas City -- who had a real good year last year -- we got to be ready. They won't dwell on it long. We tried real hard here to get to the point where beating certain teams isn't what you make it out to be. You got to beat them because it's an opportunity and they count. Not because of who they are and how many fans they have in the stands. Our tickets are a lot more affordable."
-- Orioles manager Buck Showalter, on the series win
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The Yankees lost their first game of the season when leading after seven innings. New York is now 25-1 in such games this season.
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Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 with two doubles for his third straight multihit game. Gardner entered this series in an 0-for-23 drought, but went 7-for-12 (.583) with a walk, two doubles, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Yankees: The Yankees return to New York after a stretch of 17 of 20 games on the road as they begin a four-game series against the Angels on Monday at 7:05 p.m. ET. New York sends Masahiro Tanaka (3-1, 2.78 ERA) to the mound for the series opener. The right-hander took his first loss of the season Thursday in Toronto despite allowing one earned run in six innings in a 7-0 defeat.
Orioles: Baltimore will welcome Kansas City into town for a three game series that starts Monday night at 7:05 ET. It will square off against lefty Danny Duffy first.
Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.
Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore region and covered the Yankees on Sunday.