Orioles Overpower Yankees
By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Chris Davis went 4 for 4, including his AL-leading 14th homer, and the Baltimore Orioles got a three-run shot from Matt Wieters in a 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.
Nick Markakis added a solo home run for the Orioles, who took two of three from New York to pull within three games of the first-place Yankees in the AL East.
Curtis Granderson homered, doubled and singled for New York. Needing a triple to reach the cycle, he drew a walk in the seventh inning.
David Adams hit a ninth-inning homer for the Yankees, his second in three games. The teams combined for 13 home runs in the series, including five in the finale.
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda left in the third with a bruised right calf, one inning after he was struck in the leg by a line drive off the bat of Manny Machado. Kuroda (6-3) allowed five runs and eight hits in two-plus innings.
Jason Hammel (6-2) gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings to even his lifetime record against the Yankees to 3-3. The right-hander allowed a combined 13 earned runs over 8 2-3 innings in his previous two starts.
After Kuroda retired the first two batters he faced, Markakis homered. Adam Jones followed with a single and Davis hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall in center.
In the second, Nate McLouth singled with two outs, stole second and took third on Machado’s single off Kuroda’s leg. Although Markakis hit a fly to end the threat, at that point the Orioles had six hits _ one more than Kuroda allowed in his complete game shutout against Baltimore on April 14.
The Yankees got a run back in the third when Granderson doubled and scored on a single by Robinson Cano.
But Baltimore pulled away in the bottom half. Jones doubled and after Davis singled, Kuroda grimaced near the mound. A discussion involving the New York trainer, Kuroda and manager Joe Girardi ensued. The right-hander eventually walked off the field.
Preston Claiborne entered, and Wieters homered on the rookie’s second pitch. It was the first run allowed by Claiborne after seven straight scoreless outings in the majors.
Granderson homered in the fifth to make it 6-2. Playing in his seventh game since returning from a broken wrist, Granderson batted leadoff and played center field for the first time.
“It’s like an opening week of the season for me. No different,” he said before the game.
NOTES: The Orioles will recall RHP Kevin Gausman on Thursday, and the 22-year-old will make his major league debut against Toronto. Gausman was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft. … After a day off Thursday, the Yankees begin a three-game series on the road against Tampa Bay. … Orioles INF prospect Jonathan Schoop will need 6-8 weeks rest after an MRI revealed a stress fracture in his lower back, Orioles VP Dan Duquette said. … New York 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) and INF Kevin Youkilis (lumbar spine sprain) faced six minor league pitchers in a simulated game at the team complex in Tampa, Fla. … Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak at Camden Yards to 21 games.
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