NEW YORK—After the Orioles returned from their longest road trip of the season with a 5-5 record, many of the teams’ fans were relieved.
The Orioles were just a half-game out of first place, and the schedule was full of home games and lots of contests against American League East teams.
Twelve games later, the Orioles are gasping.
They’ve lost eight of 12 games, and for the fourth time in those games, have allowed more than 10 runs.
On Saturday, they gave up 13 to the rejuvenated New York Yankees in a 13-5 loss before 38,843 at Yankee Stadium.
Three times this season, the Orioles have given up 10 or more runs in consecutive games, and in the first two games of this series, allowed 27 runs and 36 hits.
Dylan Bundy (7-5) allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings. T.J. McFarland, in his first game in nearly two months, gave up four on a pair of two-run homers in two-thirds of an inning, and the normally reliable Mychal Givens gave up three runs while retiring just one batter.
Givens allowed the first five New York (67-61) batters to reach in the sixth as the game got uncontrollably out of hand.
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The only Oriole pitcher to not allow a run was Donnie Hart, who has pitched 9 1/3 innings in his 10 big league appearances without being scored upon.
Wunderkind Gary Sanchez hit his 11th home run in the fourth off Bundy, becoming the fastest major league player to hit 11.
Starlin Castro, who had four hits, and Aaron Hicks hit two-run home runs off McFarland.
Tommy Layne (1-1), the second of five New York pitchers got the win.
Before the game, the Orioles added Julio Borbon, who started in center field because Adam Jones was out with a strained left hamstring. The move temporarily left them with 11 pitchers, and a move could be made after the game to add another since the bullpen again had to cover major innings.
In the past two games, Orioles relievers have thrown 10 2/3 innings, and nearly all the minor league pitchers on the 40-man roster have been used in the past eight days. Two that haven’t been are Oliver Drake and Jason Garcia, but both have been up during the season.
In the third inning, the Orioles (70-59) actually had a 2-1 lead and thought they had something to celebrate when Chris Davis hit his 31st home run of the season to center field.
It was the Orioles’ 200th home run of the season. This team has hit 200 homers faster than any team in franchise history except for the 1996 one that hit a team record 257 home runs.
The Orioles have hit 200 or more home runs in five consecutive seasons.
Mark Trumbo hit his 39th home run with one out in the sixth, and Davis followed with his 32nd.
It was the 16th time the Orioles have hit back-to-back home runs.
NOTES: Davis has 17 multi-home run games, two this season. … Kevin Gausman (5-10, 3.92) faces CC Sabathia (8-10, 4.33) on Sunday.