BALTIMORE –-For the most part it was a productive weekend for the Orioles. They won two of three against the New York Yankees while the leaders in the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays lost two of three to Tampa Bay.
The Orioles concluded the weekend trailing Toronto by three after a 5-2 loss to the Yankees before 31,161 at Oriole Park on Sunday.
After the game, the Orioles left for a nine-game road trip to face the Rays, Detroit and Boston. When they return on Sept. 15, they’ll begin their final homestand of the season.
They had numerous scoring chances in the first five innings, stranding eight, but the New York bullpen severely limited their opportunities late in the game. They were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, all in the first five.
Their only hit in the final four innings was Chris Davis’ leadoff single in the eighth, but he, too was stranded, the ninth man left on base.
“We know there’s opportunities, but it’s not that easy. They’ve got good pitchers,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Showalter felt there was no letdown because the Orioles won the first two of three.
“I understand how that may play during the season because you're just trying to win series. We're trying to win games. You beat them twice and you're trying to beat them a third time. We just didn't have much offensively. It didn't have anything to do with ‘that's good enough.’ No. Our guys don't come at it from that angle,” Showalter said.
Davis is choosing to look at the weekend positively.
“Yeah. I mean, we had a great series against these guys. We took two of three games. That’s big this time of the year. You can’t sit there and harp on the negatives. You got to move forward. I’m happy that we battled, proud of the way we battled, and we’ll keep going,” Davis said.
Wade Miley had a rough first inning. He walked Brett Gardner and Rob Refsnyder to begin the game.
Miley (8-12) struck out Gary Sanchez and Starlin Castro before Chase Headley singled to score Gardner. After a wild pitch, Austin Romine’s single scored Refsnyder and Headley.
New York (70-65) took a 4-0 lead in the third when Headley’s RBI single scored Refsnyder.
“When you don’t throw strikes, it’s tough. I walked the first two hitters of the game, but then I was able to get two outs, and then I gave up the hit to Headley. You put yourself on your heels right out of the gate,” Miley said.
The Orioles (74-62) scored a run against Michael Pineda in the fourth. Mark Trumbo walked, and took third on Chris Davis’ single. Trumbo scored on Steve Pearce’s force out.
Adam Jones singled to start the first and scored on Pedro Alvarez’s double to right.
Luis Severino relieved Pineda and got out of the inning without the Orioles scoring again despite a wild pitch and back-to-back one out walks to Trumbo and Davis. Peace struck out and Matt Wieters grounded to second.
“We had a good shot there in the fifth and a couple other leadoff hitters on, but we couldn’t mount much,” Showalter said.
Severino (2-8) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Miley allowed four runs on five hits in five innings. During his time with the Orioles, Miley is 1-4 with a 7.15 ERA.
“I feel you can always get better obviously, just trying to battle right there, just trying to keep us in the game, as close as possible,” Miley said.
“We need to win. Every game on the road, we need to go out and play the game to win, and see where it takes us.”
Trumbo made a two-base error when he dropped Tyler Austin’s fly ball to start the ninth. Austin later scored on Gardner’s fly ball.
Dellin Betances recorded the last four outs for his eighth save.
As the Orioles depart on their trip, Showalter knows the team’s mission.
“Win games. It's real simple. We have to win games regardless of how we get there. I don't care how it looks or how it happens, we need to have more runs than them after nine innings, or 10 or 11 or 12 and so on. It's a pretty simple equation right now,” Showalter said.
“That's why you do all the things that we do to be a part of this. Enjoy the competition and enjoy the fruits of the players’ labor to get this chance.”
NOTES: Jones passed Paul Blair for ninth place on the team’s hit list with 1,427. … The Orioles open a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Monday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. Ubaldo Jimenez (5-11, 6.46) faces Matt Andriese (6-6, 4.19).
MORE ORIOLES: Orioles to activate Duensing from DL Monday