The Orioles bats had been mostly silent during their weeklong trip to the city that never sleeps, but on Saturday afternoon, they woke up with a flurry.

The Orioles homered three times off Yankees starter Chase Whitley, snapping their four-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory in front of 41,280 at Yankee Stadium.


The Orioles' six runs were the most the Orioles have scored in eight games, since their 8-2 win over the White Sox at a closed-to-the-public Camden Yards on April 29.

"Everybody's going to have tough times during the season," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It's how you handle those things. You want to be very consistent as a manager, as a coach, as a player, as a trainer. Players feed off of that consistency of how your presentation is."

With 37 homers this season, the Orioles, who led the majors in that category last season, entered Saturday night tied with Toronto for second in the American League behind the Houston Astros (42).

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen recorded his third straight quality start, allowing just one run over seven innings. Chen gave the Orioles (13-15) their first quality start of the series.

The Orioles were forced to come from behind in the first two games of the series at Yankee Stadium — both one-run losses – but they were aggressive at the plate Saturday in jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning.

"It was big just to get a win on a long road trip," said first baseman Chris Davis, whose fourth-inning solo homer was his seventh of the season. "I think the last few games obviously haven't been our best, but I feel like we're giving ourselves a chance to win games, keeping it close. And we were able to break through early today and hang onto the lead. … I think it's big for us to get a lead early and take a little bit of pressure off our bullpen."

Both Jimmy Paredes and Davis hit solo homers on the first pitch of their at-bats against Whitley, taking advantage of Yankee Stadium's short porch in right.

"You have to be aggressive when you get a good pitch, right?" Paredes said. "If you're [too] patient, maybe the pitcher is coming to you, they've got you. You don't have to be behind. You have to show him you can swing the bat when you get a good pitch."

Left fielder Alejandro De Aza broke out of a 4-for-34 slump with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, his first since April 11 in the Orioles' first home series of the season.

Paredes, who hit his second homer of the series and fifth of the season with two outs in the third, was 3-for-5 Saturday. He was a double short of hitting for the cycle and has now hit safely in each of his past eight games.

"He wants to stay in the lineup," Showalter said. "Every time you think he might be kind of cooling off a little bit, he reminds you he's not. He wants to stay in this lineup, and he's done what it takes. He doesn't want to go through all those things he's been through, waiver wires and what have you. He wants to make sure he's found a home."

Delmon Young drove in the two other runs, with one RBI coming on a one-out, opposite-field double off David Carpenter in the seventh that scored Paredes from third and provided the Orioles with a cushion.

After two nights when an Orioles starter failed to get out of the sixth inning, Chen gave the Orioles a deep outing they desperately needed. He recorded a season-high seven strikeouts, striking out the side in both the third and seventh innings.

"He's had a couple like this," Showalter said. "He was carrying a so-so changeup, so-so slider, but he had ... command of the fastball, which really gave him four pitches in all the quadrants."


Chen (1-1) has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts, and has compiled a 1.78 ERA over his last four outings.

The only run off Chen came in the fifth on catcher John Ryan Murphy's sacrifice fly, which followed Chase Headley's one-out single and a double by Stephen Drew.

The Yankees scored an unearned run off right-hander Tommy Hunter in the eighth, a run that scored after defensive replacement Ryan Flaherty committed a fielding error on Jacoby Ellsbury's grounder to open the frame.

The Orioles needed to call on closer Zach Britton in the ninth with two on and one out after a Manny Machado throwing error and a Brian McCann single through the shift.

Britton recorded the final two outs, earning his sixth save, beating a sliding Brett Gardner to first on a grounder to Davis to end the game.

"I feel great because we got a win," Paredes said. "We had to stop the losing, right? So this was a good [starting] point now because we put a lot of energy and a lot of good swings from the guys. We'll see what happens starting today."