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Orioles slam Yankees after not making deal at deadline

NEW YORK - On the day the Baltimore Orioles refused to make a trade, their starting pitcher stubbornly hung on and got a win.

The New York Yankees scored five runs in the first off Chris Tillman, and he nearly didn't make it out of the inning.

The Orioles scored 11 unanswered runs and beat the Yankees 11-5 before 42,821 at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night.

In the first inning, Robinson Cano hit a two-run home run, and Tillman committed a crucial error to score another one.

Tillman has been ill for the past week, struggling through six innings last Thursday against Tampa Bay, and not feeling much better this week. He was sent back to the hotel on Monday night to rest, and fortified, he staggered through this one.

"I didn't feel all that great, but there's no excuse to not make good pitchers there early on," Tillman said.

"I told them I was good. I was able to throw. It wasn't bad enough that I wasn't able to go out there and not give my team a chance to win. I wish I was a little better, though."

The Orioles answered with seven runs off Ivan Nova (10-5) in the second. Mark Reynolds had a run-scoring double, Omar Quintanilla a two-run single and Chris Davis a grand-slam home run into the Orioles' bullpen.

It was Davis' 18th of the season, and gave Baltimore a 7-5 lead. It equaled the Orioles' biggest inning of the season.

The Orioles (55-49) have won four of five at Yankee Stadium this season and five of six at Fenway Park.

"Any game you play that's with a division rival, you want to win if you're at their place," Davis said.

"We were actually talking about it on the bench. When we play here and we play in Boston, if we can just start doing that every game and focusing in, hopefully not giving up five runs at the beginning of every game, we have the ability to go out there and put up a lot of runs."

Lew Ford and Wilson Betemit had back-to-back doubles in the third to make it 8-5.

It was Ford's first major league hit since Sept. 21, 2007.

Baltimore scored its ninth run in the fifth on Jones' double and a two-out single by Betemit.

Tillman (4-1) allowed five runs, one of them earned and eight hits in five innings. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter.

"You know coming out of the first inning he doesn't have his Grade-A stuff," Matt Wieters said.

"So you have to find some way to be able to get him deeper into the game."

Nick Markakis hit a two-run home run in the eighth, making it 11-5. It was Markakis' 10th home run of the year, and gave him his second straight three-hit game.

Troy Patton, Matt Lindstrom and Luis Ayala combined to pitch four scoreless innings against New York (60-43) to finish it out.

The Orioles were rumored to be close to a deal for Philadelphia Phillies starter Joe Blanton. The two sides couldn't agree on either how much money the Phillies would pay on the remainder of Blanton's $8 million contract nor on the players Philadelphia would receive in return.

"A lot of people that we have are just as good, and in some cases better than the people we were offered in trade," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.

Duquette pointed out that even though the deadline for non-waiver trades has passed, that deals are often made in August.

"There will be other opportunities to add to the team. We've been adding to the team steadily as the season has come on. We would have liked to have done a deal or two today, but I don't think we're done adding to the team," Duquette said.

Manager Buck Showalter said that Duquette's refusal to compromise was a show of support to the players on hand.

"They should take it that way. What other way is there to look at it?" Showalter said.

NOTES: Jim Thome was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disc. Thome had an MRI on Tuesday morning. He'll fly to California to receive an epidural injection. Robert Andino, who'd been on the disabled list with a sprained left shoulder, was reactivated. He entered the game in the eighth inning.

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