Jake Arrieta turned in his best start of the season as the O's cruised to a 5-0, series-clinching victory over the Yankees in New York on Wednesday night.
Arrieta (2-2) tied a career-best with nine strikeouts and didn't issue a walk for the first time this season. He allowed just five hits (all singles) over eight innings and never allowed a runner to reach second base. It was an impressive performance, to say the least.
The staff combined to allow just three runs over the three-game series, and held the Yankees to two runs or fewer for three straight games in New York for the first time since 1978.
Matt Wieters put the Birds on the board with his team-leading seventh homer, a solo shot in the fourth. Wieters added an RBI double in the seventh and went 3-for-4 on the night. Nick Markakis went deep for the first time since the second game of the season, and Robert Andino went three-for-three with a walk and an RBI.
The O's (16-9) are in second place behind Tampa Bay and are off today before starting a three-game series in Boston on Friday night. Wei-Yin Chen will take the mound in Fenway...