The Yankees' offense continued its sterling 2013 season, scoring two runs on six hits, as the Orioles finished off a sweep and won 4-2 on Sunday. Hiroki Kuroda was solid but unspectacular on the mound. He went 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, three of which came on solo home runs. Kuroda wasn't great, but he kept the game within reach. Just not enough of a reach for the Yankees' offense.
After a scoreless top of the first, the Orioles got on the board in their half of the inning. Nate McLouth led off with a fly out, but then Manny Machado homered to open the scoring.
The Yankees got on the board themselves in the second inning, thanks to a bit of help from the Orioles. Zoilo Almonte led off the inning with a single. After Lyle Overbay and Jayson Nix didn't do anything, Chris Stewart singled to keep the inning alive. Chris Tillman then proceeded to lose the strike zone. He walked David Adams on five pitches to load the bases. This brought Brett Gardner to the plate. Gardner battled Tillman to a full count, where the pitcher issued another walk. This one scored a run and tied the game at one.
But the Orioles retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning, when Chris Davis led off with another solo home run. The bottom of the third inning saw a third solo home run for Baltimore, with McLouth taking one out to right field.
The two teams traded scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth. Then in the top of the sixth, the Yankees got a solo shot of their own when Robinson Cano led off with a home run and cut the Orioles' lead to one run.
In the seventh, still down a run, the Yankees started to put together a rally against reliever Darren O'Day. Nix led off the inning with a walk, and moved to second on Stewart's ground out. Adams came up next and he also drew a walk, putting two on with one out. But both Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki couldn't bring a run home, and the Orioles got out of the seventh still up 3-2.
And then, the Orioles added a insurance run in the bottom half of the seventh. With Kuroda still on the mound, Wieters led off with a single. And then after J.J. Hardy doubled, Kuroda was pulled. Girardi went with Boone Logan, who had to deal with runners on second and third with no outs. Logan made a nice play on a Danny Valencia ground ball, holding the runner at third and getting the out at first. Brian Roberts was up next. He flew out to center, but it was enough to score Wieters after Gardner's throw was off. Logan got McLouth to strike out to end the inning, but the Yankees were now in a 4-2 hole instead of 3-2.
The Yankees went down meekly against the Orioles' bullpen in the eighth, but Shawn Kelley threw a scoreless inning in the bottom half. That kept the deficit at just two runs, as closer Jim Johnson was brought in for the ninth.
A glimmer of hope emerged when Lyle Overbay led off the inning with a double. Nix was up next, and while he worked the count full, he ended up going down swinging. In the next at bat, Chris Stewart quickly got down 0-2, but he fouled off a couple pitches and eventually was hit by a pitch. This put runners at first and second and brought Adams up. Adams struck out on three pitches and left it up to Gardner. Gardner could only ground into a force out at second. The Orioles came away with a 4-2 win and a sweep of the Yankees.
The Yankees will now head out to Minneapolis to begin a series with the Twins starting tomorrow. Andy Pettitte will get the start and first pitch is at 8:10 eastern.