Carroll County Times

Error, triple play lead to O's loss

NEW YORK - Adam Jones won't soon forget this night. He would like to.

With two out and the score tied in the bottom of the seventh inning, Jones dropped an eminently catchable fly ball, allowing three runs to score. A few minutes later, his Baltimore Orioles teammates ran themselves into their first triple play in 17 years.

And, of course they couldn't beat CC Sabathia.

On the six-month anniversary of Sabathia's vanquishing the Orioles in the final game of the American League Division Series, his effective performance was just a footnote in Baltimore's 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees before an announced crowd of 35,033 at Yankee Stadium.

There were thousands fewer in attendance on a brutally cold night, and they saw the Orioles (5-5) play the Yankees (5-4) even for nearly seven innings.

With the score tied at 2, Miguel Gonzalez (1-1) walked leadoff hitter Francisco Cervelli in the seventh, and Troy Patton got two outs, walked a batter and hit another. Pedro Strop came in with the bases loaded, and Vernon Wells hit a long fly ball to center that Jones dropped. All three scored.

"Missed it. Trust me. Wish I could do it again, but hey, I missed it," Jones said. "You could say it's rain, you could say it's cold, you could say anything, wind, you could say whatever you want.

"I was there. Didn't catch it. Cost my team the game. Trust me. It's quite frustrating. To make a mistake like that, big in the game, late in the game. You cost your team a game. It's not a good feeling."

The triple play, the first since April 3, 1996 came with Manny Machado representing the tying run. Alexi Casilla was at second, Nick Markakis at first. Machado grounded sharply to second baseman Robinson Cano who flipped the ball to shortstop Jayson Nix for one out.

Nix threw the ball to third to catch Casilla, and third baseman Kevin Youkilis threw the ball back to first and Machado was tagged out trying to get to second.

"We're down by three. I should have stayed at first. It was just in the heat of the moment, things that you don't think about at that moment," Machado said. "It just happens."

Manager Buck Showalter defended his young third baseman.

"The two lead runners made the right play. It's a line drive short-hop. You can't go anywhere because if he catches it, then he does get multiple outs. We just made a mistake on the trail runner trying to get a little over-aggressive, a young player. But Manny's one of the reasons why we were in that game," Showalter said.

Gonzalez allowed three runs, two earned in six-plus innings. He walked five and struck out four and hit a batter.

"First time out doing it, it's April, it was a little tough. The grip was tough to handle but no excuses. I battled. I did my best. I tried to keep my team in the game," Gonzalez said.

Sabathia (2-1) continued his dominance over the Orioles.

After winning two games in the ALDS last fall, he ran his regular season record to 17-4.

He allowed two runs, one unearned in eight innings. The Orioles had eight hits off Sabathia. In the third, Machado's RBI single gave them a 1-0 lead.

New York tied it in the bottom of the third on Youkilis' RBI single and took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth on Robinson Cano's scoring base hit.

In the seventh, the Orioles tied the game when Wieters reached on an error by Youkilis. Wieters moved to second on a balk by Sabathia and scored on J.J. Hardy's single.

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his second save.

NOTES: Steve Pearce was 0-for-3. Orioles designated hitters are now 1-for-33. ... Cuban defector Henry Urrutia will soon be assigned to a minor league affiliate. He's been a DH in extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla. ... Dylan Bundy, who's been sidelined with a tender left elbow, has begun a throwing program.