Trumbo, Tillman lead Orioles to win over Yankees
BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles put on a complete performance in three key facets of the game: power, pitching and defense.
As has become the case recently, the New York Yankees were deficient in each category Tuesday night, and the result of a 4-1 defeat that extended their losing streak to six games.
Mark Trumbo hit two home runs, Chris Tillman scattered five hits over seven innings and the Orioles were sparkling in the field despite changing up their infield alignment.
All this happened at the expense of the last-place Yankees, who at 8-16 are off to their worst start after 24 games since 1991.
“Unfortunately, I’ve been on teams that are down, and you want to take care of business,” Tillman said. “You want to rack up the wins when you can. If a team is scuffling, you want to be at your best to capitalize on those opportunities.”
In addition to the losing streak, the Yankees have another injury to get through. Alex Rodriguez tweaked his right hamstring running out a grounder and was removed for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.
“It wasn’t a big pop,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve done that before in my career. I’m hopeful for the best. See how I wake up in the morning. Hopefully the good news is that I wasn’t running very fast. We’ll see what happens.”
Manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez will undergo an MRI on Wednesday morning.
“If he’s out, someone is going to have to step up in his place,” Girardi said. “That’s the nature of the game. Hopefully, it’s not much and he won’t go on the DL. We’ll see.”
Trumbo hit a solo shot in the second inning and his eighth of the season with a runner on in the fifth. Both homers were off Luis Severino (0-4), who yielded only two long balls in his previous four starts.
Tillman (3-1) allowed one run, matched his career high with nine strikeouts and walked four. The right-hander also fanned nine in his last start, against Tampa Bay.
Brad Brach worked the eighth and Darren O’Day finished for his second save.
Didi Gregorius drove in the lone run for the Yankees, whose six-game skid matches their longest of last season.
“When it comes down to it, the name of the game is scoring runs and we only did that one time,” outfielder Brett Gardner said. “That’s not good enough.”
Severino allowed four runs, three earned, and five hits over six innings. He also made two identical errors, mishandling a soft throw from Mark Teixeira while moving to cover first base.
Manny Machado started at shortstop for the Orioles in place of J.J. Hardy, who was put on the 15-day disabled list before the game with a broken bone in his foot. Machado, an All-Star third baseman, handled the middle of the infield flawlessly while Ryan Flaherty effectively manned third.
Machado showed his range in the fifth inning, when he went far to his left to snag a grounder on the outfield grass before spinning around and throwing out Rodriguez at first base.
That ended A-Rod’s night.
Chris Davis also made several fine plays at first base, enough for manager Buck Showalter to declare: “If he’s not the leading candidate for a Gold Glove then I’m missing something.”
A run-scoring single by Gregorius put New York up 1-0 in the second, but the advantage lasted only until Trumbo connected in the bottom half of the inning. The Yankees have held the lead in all but five of their games this season.
Severino’s second error, following a diving stop by Teixeira, enabled the Orioles to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
One inning later, Trumbo completed his ninth career multihomer game, the second this season.
Yankees: Four-time All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman, suspended 30 games by Commissioner Rob Manfred for violating MLB’s new domestic violence policy, will probably throw two more times in extended spring training before joining the club, Girardi said, adding, “May 9th, he’s ready.”
Orioles: Closer Zach Britton (ankle) hopes to return to action this week, perhaps as soon as Tuesday. He was injured Saturday.
Yankees: CC Sabathia (1-2, 5.06 ERA) makes his fifth start of the season Wednesday night. The left-hander is 18-7 lifetime against Baltimore but winless in his last eight starts at Camden Yards.
Orioles: RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0, 3.06 ERA) starts for the eighth time in his career. Sabathia made his eighth start in 2001.