On a wet and dreary Monday in Baltimore, the O's let an early lead slip away in an 8-5 loss to the Yankees.
Jason Hammel looked sharp early, allowing just two hits through the first three frames, but was charged with five runs on seven hits in just five innings of work, his shortest outing as an Oriole. The bullpen allowed another three runs over the final four innings.
The Birds scored twice in the first to take the early lead, and after New York took a 3-2 lead in the fifth, the Birds came right back and scored another three times to reclaim the lead. Xavier Avery, in just his second game, doubled and tripled and notched his first Major League RBI. J.J. Hardy launched his ninth homer of the season. But it wasn't enough, and the offense went silent after the three-run fifth. Meanwhile, the Yankees went on to score five unanswered runs.
With the loss, the O's (22-14) fell into a tie for first with the Rays. The Yankees are just a game and a half back. The two clubs wrap-up the short series later tonight...Wei-Yin Chen takes on CC Sabathia.