NEW YORK — One hitter away from being yanked in an embarrassing first inning, Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman took the sign from his battery mate on a 2-2 pitch. Matt Wieters called for a changeup. Tillman listened.
As the bullpen stretched in a hurry — worried, as reliever Troy Patton described it, as the Yankees stood 90 feet away from their sixth run of the inning — Tillman’s changeup worked. Ramiro Pena grounded out. Tillman had escaped, if you can call it that, with five runs allowed.
The Orioles stormed back with eleven unanswered runs, the Yankees didn’t score another, and the O’s earned a gutsy 11-5 win Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
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