NEW YORK - By the time the Baltimore Orioles had scored two late runs, Masahiro Tanaka was long out of the game. While the world's attention was on the Japanese right-hander, the Orioles rallied for two ninth-inning runs and beat the New York Yankees 5-4 before 39,412 at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night.
Baltimore (4-5) had four straight hits to start the ninth. Ryan Flaherty doubled off Shawn Kelley (0-1), Jonathan Schoop singled and Nick Markakis singled to score Flaherty. After Delmon Young singled, Chris Davis hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-3.
Brian Matusz (1-0) got the win for the Orioles. It was their second straight win and the first time they've taken a series.
Tommy Hunter got his third save in as many chances even though he allowed a run in the ninth.
Alfonso Soriano doubled to lead off. He moved to third on Kelly Johnson's single and scored on Brian Roberts' sacrifice fly. Yangervis Solarte hit into a double play to end the game.
"It was interesting. Definitely made that a little harder than you'd typically want that to be, but they hit the line twice, man. Got to try to get out of the situation. B-Rob, you can't walk a guy to load the bases with nobody out, so just attack him. And a nice double play to end the game," Hunter said.
Tanaka allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out 10 in his Yankee Stadium debut.
"As advertised, as paid for. He's going to be a great contributor here," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Tanaka allowed a three-run home run to Schoop in the second.
"He just made a mistake there and then he started to keep the ball low. In that at bat, he threw the slider one time and then he threw one up," Schoop said.
Miguel Gonzalez started and allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings.
JONES STILL MAD: Adam Jones wasn't backing away from his Tuesday comments about fans running on the field at Yankee Stadium.
"I think it's idiotic for people to run on the field and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher and they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on because it's stupid," Jones said.
On Wednesday, he called for harsher penalties for intruders.
"The only thing you can do is make examples of them. Give them real jail time. Fine the hell out of them. Twenty grand. Nobody wants to be fined 20 grand," Jones said.
LOUGH GONE AND BACK: David Lough was sent back to Baltimore Wednesday to be checked for concussion symptoms. He was found to be symptom-free and headed back to Yankee Stadium.
Lough missed a week in spring training with a stiff neck, but he was checked for concussion symptoms then, too.
"We felt like he had some similar symptoms from before. I don't want to get into the particulars and exactly what he said but I know he was frustrated yesterday about us wanting to make sure something didn't change since spring training," Showalter said.
Jemile Weeks was summoned from Norfolk and he was in the clubhouse Wednesday afternoon, but he was sent back before game time.
Lough was a defensive replacement for the ninth inning.
HARDY GETTING CLOSE: J.J. Hardy hasn't played in five of the last six games due to back spasms. On Wednesday, he said he was nearly ready.
Baltimore is off Thursday. He should be ready to play Friday.
"I don't want it to spasm up again and make me miss more time. I'm hoping when I get back from this, I'll be able to play the rest of the games from here on out. I definitely don't want to have a setback with this," Hardy said.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Orioles begin a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays Friday. Bud Norris (0-1, 9.00) will face Dustin McGowan (0-1, 13.50). ... Young had three hits in each of his last two games. ... Matusz leads the majors with 51 of 56 stranded inherited baserunners since 2012.