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Nova Rocked, Orioles Come Back To Pound Yanks

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 31: Omar Quintanilla #35 of the Baltimore Orioles follows through on a second inning two-run single against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 31, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 31: Omar Quintanilla #35 of the Baltimore Orioles follows through on a second inning two-run single against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 31, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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By RICK FREEMAN
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) _ Chris Davis hit a go-ahead grand slam in the
Orioles’ seven-run second inning and Baltimore rallied from five
runs down to beat the New York Yankees 11-5 on Tuesday night.

Nick Markakis had a two-run homer among his three hits for the
Orioles, who have won four of their last six, but finished July
13-14, their first month below .500 all season.

Ivan Nova allowed a career-high nine runs in five innings for
New York, which tied a season-worst skid with four straight losses
and made some dubious history in the process. According to STATS,
LLC, the Yankees haven’t led by five or more after the first inning
and then trailed after the second since at least 1918.

The Yankees have lost nine of 12.

Nova (10-5) struck out five, allowed 10 hits and lost in
consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He has one win
in his last seven starts, and the Yankees are 14-7 in his games.

The Yankees teed off on Baltimore starter Chris Tillman in the
first. He didn’t get an out until he fielded Nick Swisher’s
groundball and threw to second for a force, after allowing an RBI
single by Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano’s two-run homer. He
later committed an error on Ichiro Suzuki’s RBI grounder that made
it 4-0. Russell Martin added a run with a single before he got
caught in a rundown between first and second. Ramiro Pena finally
grounded out to end the inning.

The last time New York led by at least five after one inning and
then lost was May 4, 2007, against Seattle, when the Yankees blew a
5-0 lead and lost 15-11.

Tillman (4-1) was charged with four earned runs, meaning in his
last seven innings over three starts at Yankee Stadium, he had
allowed 23 hits and 18 runs, 15 of which were earned. He entered
with an ERA of over 12 at Yankee Stadium, and a .448 average
against that included Derek Jeter’s single in 2009 that set the
franchise record for hits.

By the time Tillman made it back out to the mound, he had a
two-run lead thanks to Davis’ homer, Mark Reynolds’ double and Omar
Quintanilla’s two-run single _ all the runs coming with two outs.
He settled down to pitch four shutout innings to hang onto the lead
and win his third straight decision.

Wilson Betemit helped out by tacking on an RBI double in the
third and a single in the fifth.

Orioles left-hander Troy Patton started the seventh inning
inauspiciously. He failed to cover first on Jeter’s grounder to
second and then hit Cano with a pitch in the middle of his back
after striking out Granderson. He just barely retired Swisher on a
slow grounder to shortstop, then struck out Ibanez to end the
inning. Matt Lindstrom and Luis Ayala followed up with a scoreless
inning each to close out the game.

NOTES: Orioles OF Lew Ford doubled in the third, for his first
big league hit since 2007. The 35-year-old Ford batted .272 with 32
homers from 2003-07 with Minnesota. He played in Japan, Mexico and
the independent Atlantic League before the Orioles signed him to a
minor league contract in May. … No major league team has taken a
5-0 lead and given it up that quickly since Washington was up 5-0
after the first inning against the Marlins on July 6, 2006, then
trailed 7-5 after two. … The last time the Yankees led 5-0 after
one inning and lost by six runs or more was Aug. 6, 1991, at
Chicago…. Before the game, the Yankees obtained third baseman
Casey McGehee from Pittsburgh for reliever Chad Qualls, giving them
a right-handed batter to plug in while Alex Rodriguez and Mark
Teixeira recuperate from hand injuries. McGehee, 29, is hitting
.230 with eight homers and 35 RBIs in almost 300 plate appearances.
The 33-year-old Qualls was acquired by New York from Philadelphia
on July 1 and pitched in eight games. … Yankees RHP Phil Hughes
is set to start Wednesday afternoon against Baltimore lefty Zach
Britton. … Jeter doubled in the first inning, making him 39 for
97 (.402) when leading off a game.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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