Between the lines, the Orioles — who entered the night hitting .081 (3 for 37) with runners in scoring position over the first four games of the homestand — beat the Yankees with station-to-station baseball against New York starter CC Sabathia (13-12). They recorded multiple sacrifice flies in a game for just the fifth time this season.
Trailing 1-0, Markakis — who paced the Orioles’ offense from the leadoff spot with three hits on the night — led off the bottom of the first inning with a ground-rule double that one-hopped the right-center field fence. Manny Machado’s sacrifice bunt then moved the runner to third and Markakis scored on Jones’s sacrifice fly to center field.
The Orioles added two runs in the fifth inning on a sac fly by Matt Wieters and an RBI single by Markakis. J.J. Hardy led off the inning with a double down the left field line and then sped to third on a grounder off the bat of Michael Morse. Wieters then plated Hardy with a sacrifice fly to center field. A two-out single by Markakis later that inning scored Alexi Casilla, who improved to 17 for 33 against the Yankees left-hander in his career, with a single and stolen base.
Machado recorded his majors-leading 49th double in the seventh, a two-out hit that scored Wieters from third base to give the Orioles a three-run cushion.
Sabathia (13-12) lasted 7 1
3 innings, but allowed all four Orioles runs on seven hits, striking out six and walking two. In his past two starts against Baltimore, he’s allowed nine combined runs.
Tillman retired 14 straight after allowing a one-out single to Brett Gardner in the third inning, including striking out the side to end the seventh inning. After allowing a solo homer to Alex Rodriguez two batters into the game, Tillman lasted one batter into the eighth, but was pulled after Lyle Overbay led off the inning with a solo homer to right.
Right-hander Tommy Hunter struck out the side on 11 pitches to end the inning. Jim Johnson recorded his AL-leading 43rd save with a scoreless ninth, despite allowing a lead-off single to Rodriguez. With one man on and two out with the tying run at the plate, Curtis Granderson flew out to the warning track in center field to end the game.
After the game, Showalter scoffed at the idea that his display sparked his team Monday night.
“I hope not,” Showalter said. “If we need that at this point, no. I think what fires you up is Tillman pitching as well as he did. And having a good outing against a really good pitcher in Sabathia who pitched real well too. … Two competitive good teams and we’re fighting for the same thing, so there’s a small margin for error.”
— Baltimore Sun