NEW YORK - Miguel Gonzalez usually looks forward to coming to Yankee Stadium. That may change. In his five previous starts here, Gonzalez allowed eight runs in 32 2/3 innings. In barely four innings on Friday night, Gonzalez gave up seven.
The result was an ugly loss as the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 before 45,169.
It was the third loss for the Orioles (71-62) in the first four games of a nine-game road trip thru Boston, New York and Cleveland.
There were no hits for the first three innings. Things changed drastically after that.
"I don't know. I can't even explain it. It was a tough one," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez (8-7) hasn't won in his last six starts.
"I was feeling well at the beginning. Toward the end, I was leaving balls up,"
He took a 4-2 lead into the fifth inning. Then, in mere moments, he allowed the first six runners to reach and he was out of the game.
Five runs scored, and Baltimore trailed 7-4.
"It didn't happen for him tonight," manager Buck Showalter said.
"The first three innings were about as good as you'd want to see. Some things just don't make a whole lot of sense, but you don't dwell on them."
Baltimore scored its first run in the fourth on Manny Machado's one-out double and Chris Davis' two-out single.
New York (71-63) took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth on Alfonso Soriano's two-run home run, his 12th since joining the Yankees late last month.
The Orioles scored three in the top of the fifth against CC Sabathia. Nick Markakis singled and Danny Valencia homered to left, his sixth. Alexi Casilla walked. Taylor Teagarden bunted him to second, and Machado scored Casilla on a single.
Then came the fifth, and things went south quickly.
Curtis Granderson and former Orioles infielder Mark Reynolds began the inning with doubles, and Ichiro Suzuki homered to right, his seventh, and Baltimore's lead was gone.
After Austin Romine doubled, Brett Gardner singled and Derek Jeter walked to load the bases, Gonzalez was gone, too.
T.J. McFarland allowed a two-run single to Robinson Cano, and suddenly, the Orioles trailed 7-4.
"I don't know about momentum in baseball and things like that, but they were certainly swinging the bats well. They just exploded that one inning there," Nate McLouth said.
Gonzalez allowed seven runs on six hits in four-plus innings, his second shortest start of the season, but the briefest of his seven against New York.
Markakis' single scored Adam Jones in the sixth, and Sabathia was also finished.
"CC-he's one of the best out there, and we scored five off him. We thought we could have won the game tonight. Our offense did a good job. I feel like I let them down," Gonzalez said.
Sabathia (12-11) allowed five runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Shawn Kelley, Boone Logan, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera combined to allow just two hits to Baltimore after Sabathia departed. Rivera collected his 39th save.
NOTES: Showalter said that he hoped the newly acquired Michael Morse would report for today's afternoon's game. ... Jason Hammel will throw 60-65 pitches on Tuesday at Aberdeen in his second rehab start. Showalter expects Hammel to rejoin the Orioles next weekend. In the meantime, he'll throw a bullpen at Frederick today. ... Baltimore signed veteran first baseman Dan Johnson to replace Xavier Avery on Norfolk's roster. Johnson, who has played for the Blue Jays, White Sox and Rays, was most recently with the Yankees' Triple-A team at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.