NEW YORK---After two blowout losses, and the bullpen chewed up, the Orioles looked toward Kevin Gausman for relief, and he delivered.
Gausman won his first road start since Aug. 17, 2014, a total of 25 starts on the road without a win.
He had some late offensive help—Steve Pearce, who drove in three runs and Mark Trumbo, who hit his 40th home run as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 5-0 before 38,002 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
The Orioles (71-59) escape the Bronx with a win after two games when they allowed 27 runs and 36 hits. In their seven games here this season, they’ve won only two—both on getaway days.
Gausman (6-10) has won three straight for just the second time in his career, and the first time since June 2014.
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In seven innings, Gausman allowed seven hits and struck out nine without walking a batter.
The Orioles had to go against CC Sabathia, who owns 19 regular season wins against them.
Sabathia (8-11) allowed just two singles, to Manny Machado in the first and Pearce in third, and a walk, to Nolan Reimold in the fifth before Pearce’s 12th home run of the season.
It was Pearce’s second home run since he was reacquired by the Orioles on Aug. 1.
In the seventh, Sabathia loaded the bases with two outs. After Jonathan Schoop singled and Matt Wieters struck out, Reimold had an infield single and Hyun Soo Kim, who is hitless in 17 at-bats against left-handers walked to load the bases.
Adam Warren replaced Sabathia, and his hitter was Pearce, who bounced a single to center field for a 3-0 lead.
Gausman had one difficult inning, the fourth, when he allowed three hits, but none scored. Gary Sanchez led off with a single, but he tried to advance to third on Mark Teixeira’s single to right, but Pearce’s throw to Manny Machado was in time to nab Sanchez. Teixiera advanced to second on Didi Gregorius’ single, but he couldn’t advance, and was the last New York (68-62) runner to reach second.
Brian McCann singled to right with one out in the seventh, but Aaron Judge lined to Kim in left and Ronald Torreyes hit a hard grounder to third that Machado fielded on his knees to grab and throw Torreyes out.
Trumbo hit a two-run home run off Ben Heller in the eighth. It was Trumbo’s 40th home run, and he became the eighth Oriole to hit 40.
Tommy Hunter, re-signed earlier in the day by the Orioles, pitched a scoreless eighth.
Zach Britton retired all three batters he faced to complete the Orioles’ fifth shutout of the season, the first since June 25.
NOTES: Gausman started three of the shutout wins, Chris Tillman has the other two. …The first place Toronto Blue Jays come to Baltimore for three games beginning Monday night. Marco Estrada (7-6, 3.47) faces Wade Miley (8-10, 5.51).
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