Brian Matusz was hoping to keep the string going – the Orioles had won six straight and all six were buoyed by solid pitching performances.
That streak dated back to Aug. 21, when Matusz gave up five earned runs in four innings to the Los Angeles Angels.
Unfortunately for Matusz, the string he continued was a streak of rough outings. On Sunday night, he allowed six hits, two walks and six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. He gave up three homers: a three-run shot in the third by Curtis Granderson and consecutive homers in the sixth to Robinson Cano (two-run) and Nick Swisher.
In his last five starts, Matusz has allowed 31 earned runs (11.63 ERA) on 40 hits and eight walks while serving up 10 homers.
All of the Yankees runs so far have come on five homers. Granderson hit a second against Mark Hendrickson in the seventh.
Andruw Jones hit one in the sixth against Chris Jakubauskas, which gave the Yankees' three consecutive homers in the inning. The last time the Bronx Bombers did that was in May 2009 -- also against the Orioles.