NEW YORK — The Orioles absorbed another lopsided loss in the Bronx, losing Thursday's series opener against the New York Yankees, 13-5, for their seventh loss in their past eight games.
The Orioles are now 4-10 since their seven-game winning streak that made them one of the top contenders for the second American League wild-card spot. With the Minnesota Twins' win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, the Orioles fell to 5½ games out of that final playoff spot with just 15 games to play.
It was, however, the Orioles' most runs in their past eight games dating to Sept. 5. They had been held to three runs or fewer in each of the seven games before coming to New York, averaging 1.7 runs during that stretch.
The offense couldn't be pinned for this one, handed an early-six run deficit after left-hander Wade Miley (8-13) retired just one of seven batters he faced in the shortest outing of his major league career.
The Yankees hit four homers off the Orioles (72-75), including two by rookie slugger Aaron Judge, whose 11 homers against the Orioles are the most by any major league player against any club this season. Judge hit a pair of three-run homers — one in the fourth off right-hander Mike Wright and another in the sixth against right-hander Richard Rodriguez — to give him a career-high six RBIs on the night.
Extra special first hits for Sisco
Orioles catching prospect Chance Sisco, pinch hitting for Manny Machado in the seventh, came up with the first two hits of his career in the loss to the Yankees (80-66).
Sisco laced a double down the right-field line for his first major league hit in the seventh. To lead off the ninth, he homered to right field off reliever Giovanny Gallegos.
"He did it against a good pitcher and he'll remember that," Showalter said. "I like how calm and quiet he's catching. Regardless of how the game was, you take it as a special moment for him. I got the lineup card and I want him to feel good about that part of it. It was good to see. I was glad to get him out there."
Sisco had just one previous at-bat since his contract was selected on Sept. 1 when rosters expanded.
As the Orioles bats have struggled through September, left fielder Trey Mancini is one of the few hitters who has been steady this month.
Mancini hit a solo homer off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka, an opposite-field blast in the sixth inning that landed in the second deck in right field. It was his 24th of the season.
Though it was his first home run since Aug. 30, it was Mancini's fourth extra-base hit in his past three games. He had a double and triple in Wednesday's win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jonathan Schoop hit his 32nd homer of the season, a towering solo shot off Tanaka in the fourth. The Orioles added two runs in the eighth on back-to-back RBI doubles by Joey Rickard and Caleb Joseph.