NEW YORK — The Baltimore Orioles aligned their starting rotation so right-hander Miguel Gonzalez could start the series opener against the New York Yankees on Friday night. Gonzalez had dominated in the Bronx — in his past five outings against the Yankees on the road, including the playoffs, he had a 2.20 ERA.
Yet Gonzalez was chased from the game before getting an out in the fifth inning as the Yankees won, 8-5, in front of an announced 45,169.
The Orioles (71-62) have lost three of their first four games in this critical nine-game road trip to Boston, New York and Cleveland.
Working on his longest time between starts this season — nine days — Gonzalez (8-7) lasted just four-plus innings, allowing a season-high seven earned runs on six hits.
Over the first four games of the road trip, Orioles starters have an 8.10 ERA, and that includes Chris Tillman’s seven-inning, two-run gem Thursday against Boston.
Gonzalez held the Yankees (71-63) hitless for 32
3 innings. Yet his night quickly unraveled thanks to first-pitch two-run homers by Alfonso Soriano and Ichiro Suzuki.
After facing the minimum through 11 batters, Gonzalez issued a four-pitch walk to Robinson Cano in the fourth inning. Soriano then hit a fastball the opposite way into the right field stands to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
It was Soriano’s 12th homer in 32 games since the Yankees traded for him from the Cubs on July 26.
— Baltimore Sun