Orioles swept in New York, lose 16th straight to Yankees, 6-5

Even one of their better pitching outings of the month and yet another late-inning rally weren’t enough to prevent a 6-5 Orioles loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

It was the Orioles’ 16th straight defeat at the hands of their division rivals after they won twice here at Yankee Stadium in the first weekend of the season.


“It doesn’t feel great,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “I like the way we fought today. I thought we competed. … I love the way we came back again. We’re just a little short at times, and it’s not a good feeling walking out of here having lost that many in a row to them.”

It looked early as if this defeat would follow the script of so many others to New York with the Orioles overpowered early.

The Orioles (39-82) scratched across a run on a single by Jonathan Villar in the first inning, and Dylan Bundy allowed four runs to the first five batters — including a home run to Gary Sánchez — to give the Orioles an early deficit.

Dylan Bundy of the Orioles hands the ball to manager Brandon Hyde as he is removed from a game against the New York Yankees in the sixth inning Wednesday.
Dylan Bundy of the Orioles hands the ball to manager Brandon Hyde as he is removed from a game against the New York Yankees in the sixth inning Wednesday. (Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Then, Bundy diverted from that script in a significant way. He walked just one in two trips through the order between Sánchez’s home run and Mike Ford’s two-out single in the sixth inning.

Hyde and Bundy said it was a concerted effort to pitch inside after the Yankees got too comfortable early.

“He threw the ball in a ton after that first inning,” Hyde said. “I think that you saw they were really leaning out over, and hit a couple nice pitches. ... After that, he really established fastballs in and got them off the plate, and I think that he showed our staff you can establish in and throw off the plate in and be able to open yourself up for the other side of the plate. He did a great job of that.”

“They lean out over the plate all the time,” Bundy said. “We’re making quality pitches and they’re getting homers and singles and doubles. You’ve got to get them off the plate a little bit.”

In the sixth, Gleyber Torres doubled after Sánchez’s single, which brought in reliever Richard Bleier for the left-handed hitting bottom of the Yankees order.

Bleier walked Mike Tauchman on a disputed pitch before allowing Ford to single in both of Bundy’s runs, creating a deficit that even the feisty Orioles couldn’t overcome.

Hyde said Bundy typically runs into trouble after that 90-pitch mark. With the left-handers coming up, he didn’t think much about sticking with Bundy.

“I went with Bleier, and he missed on a close 3-2 pitch that might have been a strike,” Hyde said. “He just left the ball out over [the plate] that scored a couple of Dylan’s runs, so that’s really unfortunate.”

Designated hitter Renato Núñez’s fourth of five hits in the game was a two-run double in the seventh inning that made it 6-4, and he scored on a double by Villar to bring the Orioles within one.

Even having their top relievers available in Shawn Armstrong, Paul Fry and Mychal Givens to keep the score close didn’t help the Orioles secure an elusive win over the Yankees, who rolled out Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman to seal the victory.

After going 11-11 in a hopeful July, the Orioles are 3-11 in 14 August games, with 14 more games to go this month.

Núñez evens out

Núñez said his ninth-inning home run Tuesday was only significant in that it left the ballpark, and that his recent hard contact simply hadn’t been getting results.

That evened out plenty Wednesday as Núñez singled in the first, third and fifth innings before driving in two with his 21st double of the season. He raised his average from .237 to .246 in the span of a day. He completed a 5-for-5 day with a two-out single in the ninth.

“Obviously, Nuney had a great day, great at-bats all game,” Hyde said. “As I’ve said many times, I love when Nuney hits the ball the other way, and any time you get a hit off [Chapman] it’s a pretty good accomplishment. He just had an outstanding day.”


Friday, 7:10 p.m.

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Orioles starter: TBD

Astros starter: Rick Porcello (10-9, 5.67 ERA)