NEW YORK — Even though the vaunted Orioles offense had been quiet over the season’s first week, the team’s hitters knew that could change quickly.
And Baltimore scored in bunches Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, exploding for season-highs in runs and hits in a 14-5 win over the New York Yankees in front of an announced 35,864.
The Orioles’ 14 runs were one fewer than they scored in the previous four games combined.
They hit three home runs against New York pitching, matching their total home runs for the first seven games of the season. The Orioles led the major leagues with 212 home runs last season.
After losing five of their past six games, the win puts Baltimore in position to win its first series of the year with a victory in Wednesday’s finale in New York.
All nine Orioles starters had hits — eight had at least two — as part of the 20-hit attack. Eight of the nine starters had at least one RBI. The last time the Orioles had 20 or more hits was May 20, 2011.
Adam Jones hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot off Ivan Nova that gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead just four batters into the game.
Matt Wieters, one of the few Orioles to start the season strong at the plate, hit a two-run blast off Yankees left-handed reliever Vidal Nuno in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Ryan Flaherty, Delmon Young and Steve Lombardozzi had three hits apiece, helping to chase Nova from the game after just 32 / 3 innings.
Young, who was hitting in the No. 2 spot in the batting order for the first time in nearly six years, hit a two-run homer to left field in the top of the sixth off Nuno to put the game out of reach.
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who had just one win in his final 11 starts last season, earned his first victory of 2014 after allowing four runs and nine hits over five innings, with three strikeouts and no walks.
The much maligned bottom of the order was 8-for-15 with four runs scored. No. 8 hitter Flaherty, who entered the game with just one hit in his first 21 at-bats this season, tied a career-high with three hits.
The Orioles took a 7-1 lead after a three-run fourth inning that saw Baltimore bat through the order. They loaded the bases with three straight one-out singles by the No. 7 through No. 9 hitters — Lombardozzi, Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop.
Following Nick Markakis’s sacrifice fly, Young and Chris Davis had back-to-back run-scoring singles.
Young, who entered the game as a .301 career hitter against the Yankees, hit his first homer with the Orioles in a four-run sixth, crushing a 1-1 breaking ball into the left field stands.
The Orioles bullpen allowed one run over four innings, including 21 / 3 scoreless innings from right-hander Josh Stinson. Darren O’Day tossed a scoreless ninth.