NEW YORK---Kevin Gausman had grown tired hearing about the streak. He wanted it over.
After 25 consecutive winless starts on the road, Gausman won his first start on the road since Aug. 17, 2014.
In limiting the New York Yankees to seven hits in seven innings, Gausman gave the Orioles a much-needed solid start after two blowout losses.
On a day when Mark Trumbo became the eighth Oriole to hit 40 home runs in a season and Steve Pearce batted leadoff for the first time and had three RBIs, it was clearly Gausman’s day in a 5-0 win over the New York Yankees before 38,002 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
The Orioles (71-59) escape the Bronx with a win after two losses 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. He struck out nine without walking a batter.
“That’s about as good as I’ve seen him,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He could have continued and will in the future.”
Showalter wanted to get Tommy Hunter, who returned to the Orioles after 13 months away, and Zach Britton an inning each.
Gausman had one difficult inning, the fourth, when he allowed three hits to New York (67-62), 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.
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.
Gausman was done after that play, and he could watch the end of his unwanted streak.
“I’m pretty relieved about it. It’s been kind of annoying to hear,” Gausman said.
In his last two starts, Gausman has pitched 13 shutout innings.
“I think there’s obviously some things that are going my way. Those line drives are kind of going right at guys right now. Seemed like earlier in the season I’d be pitching great and there’d be a bloop hit, ground ball through the four-hole or something. I don't think it’s anything different. I just think I’m being a little more fine, a little more consistent,” Gausman said.
Pearce hit his 12th home run, and his second since rejoining the Orioles on Aug. 1 to lead off the sixth, and added a two-run single in the seventh.
With Adam Jones sidelined with a strained left hamstring and facing CC Sabathia (8-11), who owns 19 regular season wins against the Orioles, Showalter decided to go with Pearce on top of the lineup for the first time.
“You know Sabathia is a guy who works real slow, he’s very tries to get you to expand the strike zone,” Showalter said. “It’s a challenge, you want someone who can slow the game down a little bit. Stevie had a big day for us.”
Mark Trumbo hit his 40th home run in the eighth. Trumbo has done something Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Brooks Robinson and Boog Powell never did.
“It’s obviously really nice. It’s hard to have a goal like that coming into the year because it’s such a lofty number. At least for me it has been, because I haven’t gotten there before. But I think I’ve been inspired by the guys around me. This year, especially, that’s probably helped out a bit,” Trumbo said.
In Friday and Saturday’s losses, the Orioles allowed 27 runs and 26 hits. The bullpen threw 10 2/3 innings and gave up 14 runs and 23 hits.
Showalter got to rest Brad Brach, Mychal Givens, Donnie Hart and Vance Worley as Hunter pitched a scoreless eighth, allowing a double to Sanchez and needed 12 pitches to retire Teixeira.
“I was kind of hoping not to throw 25,000 pitches, but hopefully I can work on that and eat some innings for these guys to get some rest and help the ballclub out,” Hunter said.
Britton retired all three batters he faced to complete the Orioles’ fifth shutout of the season.
The Toronto Blue Jays come to Baltimore for three games beginning Monday. Toronto (74-56) leads the third-place Orioles by three. Marco Estrada (7-6, 3.47) faces Wade Miley (8-10, 5.51).
“It’s going to be a dog fight, they always are. It’s the AL East in (August). This is what it’s all about. We’re going to have them at our place. We’re going to go out there, bring everything we’ve got and try to take care of business,” Pearce said.
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