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Orioles shut down by Yankees rookie Luis Gil in his debut, Alexander Wells hit hard in 13-1 loss

Fresh from playing what manager Brandon Hyde called their most complete game of the season Monday night, the Orioles were drummed, 13-1, by the New York Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in a game that warranted no such praise.

“Tonight wasn’t one of our better nights,” Hyde said.

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Rookie left-hander Alexander Wells, making his third start for the Orioles, didn’t finish the third inning and was charged with six runs on seven hits while being outdueled by debuting Yankees rookie Luis Gil.

Wells had a quick first inning but fell behind on a two-out, run-scoring double by Gleyber Torres in the second inning. He hit Greg Allen with a pitch to begin the third, then allowed four straight hits to the top of the Yankees lineup, struck out Joey Gallo, and was chased by a run-scoring double from Gary Sánchez.

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“Second time through the order, they made some adjustments against him,” Hyde said. “A little bit predictable in his pitching for me. He left some balls thigh-high and they put some good swings on him.”

Said Wells, who was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk after the game: “I have got to learn a lot — throwing strikes more consistently, throwing more quality strikes as well. When I need to get back into counts and throw strikes, balls out over the plate are very easy to hit.”

Adam Plutko allowed one of Wells’ runs to score in the third then three of his own on a two-out home run by Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth, albeit a home run that shouldn’t have happened considering a miscommunication by Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander let a routine fly ball fall in with one out.

Rookie left-hander Keegan Akin, who ceded his rotation spot to Wells when he went on the COVID-19 injured list and had to miss a week, was aggressive pitching with a 9-0 deficit and gave them three shutout innings of relief.

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Mullins extends hitting streak

With an eighth-inning single, Cedric Mullins extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He came around to score when Ryan Mountcastle doubled to center field, preventing the Orioles from being shut out.

Earlier in the day, he was named the Orioles’ winner of the MLB Players Association Heart and Hustle Award, given to the player who shows the most passion, desire and work ethic on and off the field.

“So well deserved,” Hyde said. “I was reading kind of the explanation of the award and there’s nobody that demonstrates that as well as Cedric does in my opinion he’s been wonderful in every way and great accomplishment being chosen for that award.”

The 30 team winners will make up the pool of candidates for the overall winner in mid-November.

Martin returns to field

Richie Martin came in for shortstop Ramón Urías as a substitute in the sixth inning for his first major league action since the end of 2019 after missing most of the past two years with injuries.

Hyde said before the game that he’d use Martin in a utility role, with Urías the primary shortstop and Pat Valaika the main second baseman. Martin said he’d play anywhere he’s asked, even center field, the position he was playing when he hurt his wrist down at Norfolk and derailed his season.

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