Carroll County Times

Orioles turn tables on Yanks, beat Rivera to end slide

NEW YORK - It looked like a lost weekend. The Baltimore Orioles had managed just three hits and no runs in eight innings against the New York Yankees on Sunday, and Mariano Rivera was coming into the game.
After Rivera retired Manny Machado, Nick Markakis came up, hit a long fly ball that was just foul, and then singled. Adam Jones followed and shocked the 40,218 overheated fans at Yankee Stadium with a dramatic two-run home run to spark the Orioles to a 2-1 win over New York.
Jim Johnson, who blew a save on Friday night, came in and easily retired the Yankees for his 30th save.
Baltimore ended a difficult road trip with four losses in six games, snapping a three-game losing streak.
"It's off the greatest closer in the history of the game. I'll always remember it," Jones said. "You've got to win, and we haven't been playing that well. We need to tighten up. We need to clean it up around here. Need to play better baseball as a team, as a unit."
Darren O'Day (5-0) got the win and Rivera (1-2) took the loss. It was his first blown save at home since Sept. 26, 2010.
Jason Hammel pitched five innings, allowing just one run, but extended his winless streak to seven games.
"It's hard to keep this team to no runs. We can put up some runs in a hurry," Hammel said. "It was disappointing, obviously that that we would keep grinding out at-bats and had nothing to show for it."
Hiroki Kuroda, who's allowed no runs and eight hits in 16 innings to the Orioles (49-40) at Yankee Stadium this season was brilliant in seven innings. David Robertson pitched a perfect eighth, and then Rivera came in.
"You don't want to go out there and get swept, especially by teams like this in your division," Markakis said. "It shows you what our team is made of. We're going to play every out until the end."
On Saturday, Showalter reiterated his faith in Johnson. On Sunday he showed it.
"You want the ball as soon as possible," Johnson said. "Try to redeem yourself and get yourself back into a groove."
NOTES: A day after the All-Star team was announced, the Orioles were stunned by the support they received. They're the only team with three All-Star starters, and three players, Machado, Markakis and Matt Wieters finished second at their positions. Machado was chosen as a third base reserve.
Nate McLouth finished fifth among outfielders, and even Brian Roberts and Nolan Reimold, who had been injured much of the season, got enough support to finish sixth in the voting for second basemen and outfielders.
"They were counting my votes. The whole Showalter family. We were the difference makers," Buck Showalter said.
Markakis, who has played eight years with Baltimore has never been an All-Star. He says he's not upset about finishing 216,000 votes behind Toronto's Jose Bautista.
"My career's not over. Whether I get there or not is out of my hands," Markakis said.
McLouth was shocked when he was told he finished fifth among outfielders.
My mom had so many e-mail addresses. She must have been busy voting a lot," McLouth said.
Chris Davis, who was the overall vote leader with 8.2 million votes, said he would participate in the Home Run Derby on July 15. He has not officially been invited, though that's considered a formality.
"Just as much as the All-Star Game, as much as that means to me, as a power hitter, it's something that I've watched since I was a little kid and something I always wanted to do," Davis said.
Showalter said that left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, who hasn't pitched since May 12 with a strained left oblique muscle, will pitch on either Tuesday or Wednesday against Texas. The Orioles begin a four-game series against the Rangers on Monday night. Scott Feldman (0-0, 3.00) pitches for the first time at home with the Orioles against Derek Holland (6-4, 3.13).
First baseman Travis Ishikawa, who was designated for assignment by Baltimore on June 29, was claimed on waivers by the Yankees. He batted .118 (2-for-17) in six games.