Carroll County Times

Orioles get to Hughes, drop Yankees

NEW YORK - Beating the New York Yankees is nothing special these days for the Baltimore Orioles. These aren't the same Yankees, especially without Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira, all out with injuries.

The Orioles have beaten American League East opponents five times against three losses after their 5-3 win over New York before 41,851 at Yankee Stadium.

Baltimore hit three home runs for the first time this season, and Jason Hammel got his second win with help from the bullpen.

Nolan Reimold, Ryan Flaherty and Nick Markakis had solo home runs. It was Reimold's first in nearly a year, and the first the Orioles had gotten from their designated hitters this season.

Baltimore DH's entered the game 1-for-33.

"We've still got a little work to do in the DH spot to make up for a slow start," Reimold said. "You can't really explain it. You've just got to go out there and get consistent at bats and keep doing it and things will turn around."

Flaherty, who started the season 0-for-17, now has two hits, including his first home run, and Markakis, who's been relatively unnoticed thanks to the early hitting heroics of Chris Davis and Adam Jones, had his second.

"I like to be under the radar. Let the big dogs drive us in. And they've been doing it all year. They did it for us last year. Hopefully, they continue to do it for the rest of the year," Markakis said.

Hammel (2-1) pitched six innings, allowing three runs, two of them unearned, on eight hits. He struck out four and walked one.

He had only one 1-2-3 inning, the first, and sat back to enjoy watching Brian Matusz, Darren O'Day and Jim Johnson work.

Johnson worked a perfect ninth for his 5th save.

"We're really spoiled. Those guys down there, you hand the ball over to the bullpen right now, we honestly feel like it's game over. They shorten the game for us so much. I'd like to get deeper, seventh or eighth inning, and that will come, but they give us so much confidence," Hammel said.

Manager Buck Showalter watched a starter pitch at least six innings for the second time this season. He tries not to take the bullpen for granted.

"It's not a script that just follows. You've got to earn everything you get and what somebody did last year and what somebody did last outing, nobody's resting on it. You realize how hard it is to do. They're putting themselves in a position to do it again because they prepared for it," Showalter said. "If we can get deep in the games with our starters, we've got a chance to have some fun this summer."

Jones drove in the Orioles' first run with an infield out in the first inning, and J.J. Hardy drove in the fourth run in the third inning with another infield out.

All five Baltimore (6-5) runs were scored off Phil Hughes (0-2), who was yanked with none out in the fourth inning.

New York (5-5) tied the game in the second inning with two runs, including a home run by Travis Hafner, and they scored their final run to make it 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth on a homer by Vernon Wells.

NOTES: The Orioles announced that the celebration of Earl Weaver's life has been moved from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. next Saturday. Hall of Famers Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson will speak. They'll be joined by Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson and Mike Weaver, son of the legendary manager, who died in January. The ceremony, which includes a video tribute, will take place prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Matt Wieters is in an 0-for-13 slump.