“Miguel was fortunate, but that's him. He's going to bend, but not break,” Showalter said. “You give up four (walks), I think five with an intentional, you've got to consider yourself lucky to get through that with only one run.”

Of the six innings he pitched, Gonzalez retired the Yankees in order once. But he limited the damage, including a bases loaded, one-out situation in the fifth in which he induced a shallow fly ball and a foul pop-up to wiggle out of trouble.


“It wasn’t the best outing,” said Gonzalez, who has a 2.27 ERA in six career games against the Yankees, including the postseason. “I battled through that inning where there was bases loaded and one out. I made pitches when I needed to. That was a tough one.”

All of the Orioles’ offense came on one swing in the second against Nova.

Wieters, who had been in a 6-for-42 slump in his past 13 games and was hitless so far on the road trip, smacked his 11th homer of the season and first since June 24.

Statistically speaking, though, it wasn’t surprising. Wieters has hit eight homers against the Yankees in New York – the most of his career against any road opponent.

And Wieters absolutely owns Nova. He was 9-for-21 with three homers against the Yankees’ right-hander before he faced him on Friday.

“I try not to worry about numbers,” Wieters said. “Most of the time they’re not too good; I’m trying to go out and get hits when I can.”

After the Wieters’ home run, Nova retired 23 of his final 25 batters – going the distance for the first time in his career.

That allowed the Yankees to climb back with two runs in the ninth – and keep Johnson, such a rock for the Orioles last year, searching for answers.

“It’s frustrating,” Johnson said. “I’ve been working since Day 1 to get to where I need to get, but I’m still going to keep working hard.”

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