By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Wei-Yin Chen pitched seven innings of four-hit
ball, Adam Jones homered and the Baltimore Orioles beat CC Sabathia
and the New York Yankees 5-2 Tuesday night.
J.J. Hardy drove in two runs for Baltimore, which earned a split
of the two-game series and improved to 1-4 at home against New
Chen (4-0) allowed two runs, struck out four and walked two in a
masterful performance. Making his seventh major league start, the
26-year-old Taiwan native took a shutout into the seventh inning
and retired 10 straight before Robinson Cano’s leadoff double.
Two outs later, Curtis Granderson hit his 13th home run, an
opposite-field drive that barely cleared the 7-foot wall in left _
a fan wearing a Yankees jacket knocked his glove into the mitt of
rookie outfielder Xavier Avery.
It was only the third homer yielded by Chen in 44 innings this
year, and it got the Yankees to 4-2.
Chen came out to the mound for the top of the eighth but was
pulled by manager Buck Showalter when the Yankees sent up a pinch
hitter. That enabled the Orioles fans in the crowd of 24,055 to
give the left-hander a hearty standing ovation.
Pedro Strop got Cano to hit into an inning-ending double play in
the eighth, and Jim Johnson got three outs for his 12th save in 12
Chen outpitched Sabathia (5-1), who came in 16-2 lifetime
against the Orioles, including 10-1 at Camden Yards. The husky
right-hander was seeking to go 6-0 for the first time in his
career, but instead absorbed his first loss in Baltimore since
Sabathia gave up four runs, eight hits and a season-high four
walks in six innings. He had pitched eight innings in each of his
previous four starts.
Jones gave Baltimore a 1-0 lead in the second inning with his
team-high 11th home run, the first surrendered by Sabathia since
April 29. Eight of Jones’ homers have either tied the game or put
the Orioles in front.
Baltimore loaded the bases with no outs in the third but got
only one run, on a 6-4-3 double-play grounder by Hardy. Hardy
didn’t receive credit for an RBI on that one, but in the fifth
inning he lined a run-scoring double to left following a walk to
Avery. The Orioles then put runners at the corners with two outs
before Matt Wieters popped out.
In the sixth, Chen showed his deftness in the field by stabbing
a liner by Nick Swisher at eye level for the final out.
Baltimore went up 4-0 in the bottom half during an inning in
which only one ball got out of the infield. Bill Hall walked and
Steve Tolleson singled to right before infield hits by Robert
Andino and Hardy produced a run. Hardy’s RBI single behind second
base handcuffed Cano, whose high throw to shortstop Derek Jeter was
too late to force Andino.
Granderson’s homer halved the lead, but the Orioles made it 5-2
in the bottom of the seventh when Jones singled, stole second,
advanced on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch.
NOTES: Baltimore went 4-5 on a homestand against Texas, Tampa
Bay and New York. … The Yankees placed RHP David Robertson
(strained left oblique) on the 15-day DL and recalled RHP Cody
Eppley. … Orioles RHP Tommy Hunter takes the mound for the
Orioles on Wednesday for the opener of a two-game series in Kansas
City. The Yankees head to Toronto for a two-game swing beginning
Wednesday night. … Doug O’Neill, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner
I’ll Have Another, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He’s in
town for the Preakness, which will be run Saturday.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)