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Orioles battered again in 8-3 loss, their 15th straight to Yankees

One more game Wednesday, and the Orioles are finally finished with the New York Yankees this season.

But one more game like Tuesday night’s 8-3 loss to the Yankees — their 15th straight to New York after winning twice here the first weekend of the season — might be more than anyone else can stand to watch.

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This one couldn’t have started more simply. Domingo Germán retired the Orioles in order on 11 pitches in a quiet first inning, and then Orioles All-Star left-hander John Means allowed a home run to leadoff man DJ LeMahieu on the first pitch he threw.

“I didn’t have anything tonight, and it’s tough to not have anything against that lineup,” Means said.

For all of Means’ mastery in the first half of this All-Star season, his struggles in the second half continued. Cameron Maybin singled to score two in the second, and a two-run double by Aaron Judge plated two more in the fourth, chasing Means.

He allowed six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings, and the 2.50 ERA he carried to the All-Star Game a month ago is now up to 3.76 in the span of five starts.

“He just never got in a rhythm,” manager Brandon Hyde said of Means. “He just was off tonight. Just didn’t have command of really any of his pitches. The breaking balls weren’t real sharp. He was up a lot in the strike zone, and it just wasn’t his night tonight.”

Solo home runs by Anthony Santander (No. 11), Stevie Wilkerson (No. 10), and Renato Núñez (No. 26) provided all of the Orioles’ offense, while Hanser Alberto, Rio Ruiz, and Jace Peterson each doubled to account for the rest of their six hits. They had no singles, and walked once.

Shepherd shows well

Right-hander Miguel Castro finished off Means’ fourth inning before right-hander Chandler Shepherd became the seventh Oriole to make his major league debut this season.

Shepherd allowed a run in the fifth inning, but navigated the Yankees lineup well. His first major league strikeout was on a 94 mph fastball that caught Judge looking, but the best moment of his day might have been getting Judge to line out to center field with the bases loaded to end the seventh inning.

“He picked us up,” Hyde said. “That was an awesome performance. Four innings for us, so now we have a lot of guys available tomorrow. I like the way he threw strikes, I thought he had some nice curveballs with the fastball/cutter mix, and attacked their hitters and got outs for us. He got 12 big outs.”

He allowed a run on five hits with two strikeouts and three walks in four innings.

Ride the breeze

Both Wilkerson’s home run — a towering fly ball that scraped the right-field wall — and his signature catch in center field required a little bit of breeze under him to make happen.

Wilkerson ended the third inning and stranded two runners for Means when he tracked a line drive by Didi Gregorius and leapt backwards to catch a line drive over his head.

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