NEW YORK - It was getting desperate. The Baltimore Orioles hadn't scored in 18 innings, and trailing by three runs to Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees, a quiet flight to Cleveland loomed.
Then, in the seventh inning on Sunday, the Orioles broke out for seven runs to take the final game of a three-game series with the Yankees.
Baltimore's 7-3 win over New York before 40,361 at Yankee Stadium gave them a 2-4 record in the first six games of a nine-game road trip to Boston, New York and Cleveland.
His new team held to three singles by Pettitte over the first six innings, Michael Morse, playing in his first game with the Orioles, singled to lead off the seventh. Danny Valencia followed with a single, and Pettitte was done.
Matt Wieters then singled off Shawn Kelley (4-2) and J.J. Hardy followed with his 24th home run of the year, and Baltimore (72-63) had a 4-3 lead.
"Yeah what a team. These guys came together right there in the seventh, I got a hit and got something started, we knocked out a couple line drives and we got Pettitte out of the game," Morse said. "That was big."
Brian Roberts bunted for a hit against Boone Logan. Nick Markakis walked, and with one out, Adam Jones drilled a long home run to center field, making it 7-3.
"Scoring seven runs in one inning on Sept. 1, we hope it bodes well for a good September because we're going to need it. It's a good way to start the month," manager Buck Showalter said.
The offensive heroics bailed out Wei-Yin Chen, who had a rocky start.
Chen pitched out of trouble in the first inning when he loaded the bases with two outs, but struck out Vernon Wells. In the third, Brett Gardner led off with a double, and scored on Alfonso Soriano's two-out single.
New York (72-64) made it 3-0 in the fourth when Gardner's bases-loaded walk scored Mark Reynolds and Derek Jeter's sacrifice fly drove in Eduardo Nunez.
Chen allowed three runs on four hits with five walks in four innings. Chen also struck out five. In his last two starts, Chen has worked just 3 2/3 and four innings. In his previous eight starts, he'd pitched at least six innings.
Kevin Gausman (2-3), pitching on back-to-back days for the first time as a professional, threw two scoreless innings in relief of Chen for the win.
Gausman, Francisco Rodriguez, Tommy Hunter and Darren O'Day combined for five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits.
"That's something I try to do, hold them right there," Gausman said. "With how good our offense is, it's just a matter of time. They'll come around, so just try to hold them off as much as we could and hopefully, our bats will click, and they did."
NOTES: The Orioles added two catchers and abruptly designated for assignment Taylor Teagarden, who had been Matt Wieters' backup for most of the last two seasons.
Baltimore purchased Chris Snyder's contract from Norfolk and recalled Steve Clevenger from the Tides. Snyder had been with the Orioles for five weeks earlier in the season when Teagarden was out with a dislocated left thumb. Clevenger was obtained along with Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs in July.
Teagarden was hitting .167 with two home runs and five RBIs in 23 games.
Snyder had a Sept. 1 opt-out with Norfolk. He's batting .122 in six games with Baltimore.
"These decisions are always tough decisions. We had a commitment to bring Chris Snyder to the major league club. Steve Clevenger, who we acquired from the Chicago Cubs, is a left-handed hitter, and we wanted to look at him. This gives us our strongest team," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.
"Snyder knows our pitchers and did a good job when he was here earlier this season. He calls a good game."
The Orioles play three games at Cleveland beginning Monday afternoon. Bud Norris (9-10, 4.13) faces Justin Masterson (14-9, 3.49) at 4:05 p.m.
- Baltimore Orioles
- Wei-Yin Chen
- Chris Snyder
- Andy Pettitte
- Taylor Teagarden
- Steve Clevenger
- Kevin Gausman
- Chicago Cubs
- New York Yankees
- Brett Gardner
- Michael Morse
- Matt Wieters
- Scott Feldman
- Tommy Hunter
- Shawn Kelley
- Justin Masterson
- Eduardo Nunez
- Mark Reynolds
- Francisco Rodriguez (baseball, born 1982)