O's Fail to Sweep Away Yankees
The Orioles stumbled in their attempt to start a season 3-0 for the first time since the 1997 wire-to-wire season as New York blasts Baltimore, 11-2.
New York finally got a strong performance out of a starting pitcher as A.J. Burnett won in his Yankees debut, giving up two runs and striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings.
Alfredo Simon had a strong spring training but gave up four runs in five innings of work in his first appearance of the season for the Orioles.
The Orioles got on the board first as Brian Roberts drove in Felix Pie from third base with a one-out single in the third inning.
Burnett was lucky to escape the third giving up only one run as his command faltered. Nick Markakis worked a walk and Aubrey Huff ran up a full count before Burnett struck out the Orioles first baseman with the bases loaded to end the inning.
The Orioles' lead was short lived however as Simon gave up three runs on two homers in the fourth inning. Mark Teixeira shook off the boos to hit a solo home run leading off the fourth inning and Nick Swisher hit a two-run shot that was grabbed by a fan before Nick Markakis could reach it with a leaping attempt at the wall. Swisher finished 3 for 5 with five RBI as he drove in two more runs on a ninth-inning double.
The Orioles got one back in the bottom of the fourth when Luke Scott got a hold of a Burnett offering and placed it over the left centerfield wall for Scott's first homer of the season.
Simon was pulled in the sixth inning after yielding a single to Teixeira who went 2 for 5 Thursday. It wasn't until after Simon's departure in the sixth inning that the game got out of hand.
Brian Bass worked himself into trouble in relief of Simon in the sixth. Bass inherited a runner on first and struck out the first batter he faced, but then consecutive left-handed hitters hit singles down the third baseline past a diving Ty Wigginton. With the bases loaded, Bass induced a tapper back to him. Bass's best play was to home plate for the force out but instead he threw the ball wide of catcher Chad Moeller. The throwing error brought in two runs. Yankees catcher Jose Molina drove in another run on a bloop single to short right field just behind the infield.
The Orioles rough April will continue as the defending AL Champion Tampa Bay Rays come into Baltimore on Friday for a three-game series.
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