BALTIMORE — One night after rejuvenating a skeptical but eager fan base with an exhilarating victory against the bullies of the American League East, the Baltimore Orioles took on the New York Yankees again at a rocking Camden Yards on Friday.
This time, there were no lasting moments of comeuppance, just an old-fashioned Yankees victory that could have fit neatly into any other season in the past decade-plus.
Friday’s 8-5 defeat even included an Orioles outfielder complaining that a Yankees fan had interfered with his attempt to catch a home run ball — presumably giving much of Baltimore momentary flashbacks to Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series and the much-maligned Jeffrey Maier-Tony Tarasco encounter.
That comparison didn’t stick — replays showed Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth clearly mistiming his leap in an attempt to catch Steve Pearce’s homer in the fourth inning — and neither did a potential Orioles comeback before another spirited announced crowd of 40,861.
Down 7-0 by the top of the fifth, the Orioles tried to rally, paced by Adam Jones’s three-run homer in the sixth and Robert Andino’s solo shot in the seventh. The duo also homered in Thursday’s 10-6 Orioles win. It was the third time in Andino’s career, and second time this season, that he had homered in consecutive games.
Manny Machado added a solo homer to left in the ninth, his first home run since Aug. 12.
The Orioles have homered 27 times in the 16 games between the two clubs this season, the most they’ve ever had in one year vs. New York. But the Yankees (78-60) were already too far ahead Friday, ultimately pushing the Orioles (77-61) back to second place in the AL East, one game behind the Yankees.
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (12-9) was aiming to become the first Oriole to win 13 games since Erik Bedard in 2007 and the first Orioles rookie to win more than 12 games in a season since Rodrigo Lopez in 2002.
— Baltimore Sun