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O's boosted, sunk by homers in Game 1

@JoeTrezz
May 15, 2019

NEW YORK -- After two days at the ballpark were washed away by rain, the Orioles arrived at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday rested and happy to see the sun. With the skies finally clear, the ball started flying again. The Orioles’ pitching staff continued on its historic pace while dropping

NEW YORK -- After two days at the ballpark were washed away by rain, the Orioles arrived at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday rested and happy to see the sun. With the skies finally clear, the ball started flying again.

The Orioles’ pitching staff continued on its historic pace while dropping Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader when David Hess allowed four home runs over six innings in a 5-3 loss to the Yankees. Those swelled Hess’ total allowed to 14, most among Major League pitchers, and Baltimore’s to 88 over its first 41 games. It puts the Orioles well on pace to surpass the MLB record of 258, set in 2016 by the Reds.

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“We need to not do that, period,” catcher Austin Wynns said. “It’s too many home runs. It’s embarrassing. We have to put an end to it.”

Gleyber Torres went deep twice and Gary Sanchez and Cameron Maybin added solo shots, with Torres’ second of the day giving New York the Yankees a lead for good in the fourth. Torres served a 3-1 slider below the strike zone from Hess inside the left-field foul pole for the deciding tally.

“That was one of the frustrating ones,” said Hess, who dropped to 1-5 with a 5.58 ERA. “That’s a ball that bounces if he doesn’t hit it. That’s one that leaves you confused.”

Other than Mike Tauchman’s RBI single in the fourth and a second-inning RBI double from Wynns, all the other runs came via the long ball, including two on the Orioles’ side off winning pitcher J.A. Happ.

Trey Mancini tied Dwight Smith Jr. for the team lead by socking his eighth home run, a solo shot in the first, and Renato Núñez peeked out momentarily from a slump to add another solo shot in the fourth. Nunez had been 6-for-56 since April 23, the date of his last home run.

“He was due,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. "That felt good for him.”

But that marked one of the few bright spots of the afternoon for the Orioles, who couldn’t capitalize after bringing the tying run to the plate in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman.

“Disappointing for me a little bit was, we come out we score, then you give Gary Sanchez a middle-middle heater that goes out of the ballpark,” Hyde said. “We score again, they hit another homer. You have to be able to have shutdown innings after the team puts some runs up for you.”

Joe Trezza covers the Orioles for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JoeTrezz.