Bats Silent In Loss to Orioles
By MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Without any runs to work with, even Masahiro Tanaka couldn’t prevent the Yankees from looking way past their prime on Old-Timers’ Day.
Chris Tillman tossed seven innings of four-hit ball and the Baltimore Orioles beat New York 8-0 Sunday, handing Tanaka his second major league loss.
“Look, he’s not perfect,” Derek Jeter said. “He gave us a great opportunity to win.”
Tanaka (11-2) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, giving him a quality start all 15 times out this season. But the Yankees provided no support for the Japanese rookie, who entered with the most wins in the majors and the best ERA (1.99) in the American League.
His only other defeat came on May 20 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Then he went 5-0 with a 1.26 ERA in his next five starts before Sunday.
“I thought he pitched well. Just in the seventh inning, he got a couple pitches up in the zone, out over the plate,” catcher Brian McCann said. “When you score some runs, it’s easier to go out there and pitch. We didn’t hit for him today.”
Jonathan Schoop homered off Tanaka for the second time and fellow rookie Caleb Joseph capped the scoring with his first career homer. J.J. Hardy hit a three-run double for the Orioles, who spoiled the 68th annual Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium and took two of three from their AL East rivals.
After squandering a ninth-inning lead in Friday night’s loss, Baltimore outhomered the Yankees 6-1 and outscored them 14-1 in the final two games of the series.
“Last two days, we just didn’t get it done,” McCann said.
Tillman (6-4) improved to 6-0 on the road _ though he entered with a 6.33 ERA away from home. Orioles starters had a 1.02 ERA in the series.
“Baltimore’s tough. We’re going to see an awful lot of them the rest of the way,” Jeter said. “They pitched well against us the last two days.”
New York slugger Mark Teixeira left in the eighth after getting hit on the toes of his left foot by an 85 mph slider from T.J. McFarland. Teixeira hobbled toward first, then slammed his helmet to the ground in anger before heading into the dugout.
X-rays were negative, manager Joe Girardi said.
“I thought it was broken again. I took it out on my helmet,” Teixeira said. “Just breathing a sigh of relief right now.”
Hardy hit a bases-loaded double in a four-run eighth against Adam Warren after a disputed call went against the Yankees.
As he tried for a double play, third baseman Kelly Johnson was taken out by Steve Pearce on what appeared to be an illegal slide too far from the bag. Girardi called it a “pretty malicious” and “dangerous” play, but Pearce said he wasn’t trying to hurt Johnson.
The umpires huddled to discuss the play but did not call interference.
Manny Machado hit a Baltimore chop for an RBI single, and Joseph homered in the ninth.
Joseph said he was excited that his first home run came at Yankee Stadium, and he ran up the tunnel and hid for a while to turn the tables on his teammates who were planning the silent treatment.
The 28-year-old catcher got the souvenir ball back, and said he was told it was Jeter who went to the ball boy and made sure of it.
“He might have been the only one on the field that knew it was my first major league home run,” Joseph said. “I’m really thankful that he did that.”
Schoop homered to left on a 2-2 pitch in the second, making the 22-year-old infielder from Curacao the only big league player to go deep twice against Tanaka. Schoop also connected for a three-run shot at Yankee Stadium on April 9, when Tanaka ended up with a no-decision in Baltimore’s 5-4 victory.
Hardy singled to start the seventh and went to third on Machado’s double. Schoop had an RBI groundout, and Joseph hit a long sacrifice fly after fouling off a suicide squeeze attempt.
“I feel like that I kind of let the game go there,” Tanaka said through a translator.
NOTES: The recorded voice of late public address announcer Bob Sheppard welcomed fans to Old-Timers’ Day. Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage was honored with a plaque to be put in Monument Park. … It was the first time the Yankees have been shut out at home this season.
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