Yankees ace CC Sabathia entered tonight with a 13-1 record and a 2.59 ERA in 18 career starts against the Orioles.
He also is undefeated in his last 21 starts at Yankee Stadium, going 16-0 with a 2.05 ERA during that span. Then, there is his bid to become a 20-game winner for the first time in his career.
However, the Orioles jumped on him for three first-inning runs as the first five hitters to face Sabathia reached base. Brian Roberts singled, Felix Pie walked, Nick Markakis singled and Ty Wigginton drove in their first run with a bases-loaded single.
In his return to the lineup, Adam Jones followed with a two-run single, giving the Orioles a 3-0 lead. Sabathia didn't get his first out until Nolan Reimold flied out on his 20th pitches.
He threw 26 total pitches in the inning, striking out Craig Tatum and getting Robert Andino to fly out to end the frame.