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NEW YORK - At a crucial time of the season, the Baltimore Orioles are in an offensive funk. After five games of a critical nine-game road trip to Boston, New York and Cleveland, they've scored just 13 runs.
On Saturday, it was the Yankees' Ivan Nova who held them down. Nova allowed just three singles in the Orioles' 2-0 loss to New York before 42,836 at Yankee Stadium.
Baltimore (71-63) has lost four of five and was passed by New York (72-63) for third place in the American League East.
Nova (8-4)b who threw his second complete game, and his second against the Orioles, was nearly matched by Scott Feldman (4-4).
Feldman allowed just one run on six hits in seven innings.
Baltimore will try to win Sunday before moving on to play the Indians, with whom they're competing for the second Wild Card.
"We still have the opportunity. We're still playing the same teams that are fighting for the playoffs like we are. We know we need to start playing better and we need to win games. There's a little bit of urgency to where we just need to get going. We know we're still in it. It's just a matter of putting together a good run at the end of the year," Matt Wieters said.
The Orioles have never won more than five straight this year, and are back where they were July 10 when they were last eight games above .500.
"It's, what do we have (28) games left? We need to play good. We don't have long. We don't have a whole lot left. The back's kind of up against the wall. We need to start playing good baseball," J.J. Hardy said.
The Yankees scored a run in the first off Feldman on doubles by Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano. Cano's 25th home run of the year off Troy Patton in the eighth accounted for the other run.
In between Nova allowed singles to Wieters, Manny Machado and Nate McLouth, walked Hardy and hit Adam Jones and Chris Davis with pitches. He struck out five.
On this road trip, Baltimore has faced some of the AL East's best, Felix Doubront, John Lackey, Jon Lester, CC Sabathia and Nova, coming up with just 13 runs.
"When pitchers are on top of their game and hitters are on top of their game, the pitchers win," manager Buck Showalter said.
Jones was the only runner who advanced to second. After he was hit by a pitch, Wieters singled, but Nick Markakis hit into a double play.
Feldman could not have pitched much better.
"I don't think you want to concede frustration. We kept battling, and today he was just that good. For the most part, if our pitching staff keeps the other teams to two runs we are going to win a lot of those games," Feldman said.
NOTES: Michael Morse reported Saturday morning to the Orioles but didn't play. Morse's flight from Houston was delayed, and he didn't arrive at the team hotel until about 3:30 a.m.
The Orioles obtained Morse on Friday from Seattle for Xavier Avery. He didn't play Saturday but is expected to start Sunday.
Morse, who played four seasons for the Washington Nationals, was happy to hear about the trade.
"It's all about getting to the postseason. That's the goal. Whatever it takes, I'm for it," Morse said.
To make room for Morse on the roster, Baltimore placed Steve Pearce on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left wrist. Pearce had been on the DL earlier this season with the same injury.
"It's been very frustrating. I've been dealing with it all year, and when I started getting into a groove it started to flare up again. It's probably something I'm going to have to address in the future," Pearce said.
Wei-Yin Chen will be recalled from Gulf Coast to start Sunday's game. He'd been temporarily optioned to enable the addition of Kevin Gausman for the bullpen.
Showalter said the team would add at least one player from Norfolk for Sunday's game.Reach correspondent Rich Dubroff at 410-857-7896 or sports@carrollcountytimes.com.

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