With key players missing, Orioles lose third straight
- Baltimore has lost nine of its last 15 games.
- The Orioles' lead in the AL East is down to a half game over Boston.
- Baltimore has scored just 10 runs in five games since the All-Star break.
NEW YORK — Missing key components, the Baltimore Orioles' offense is sputtering.
"You don't say, well, this is just que sera, something that comes about," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Tuesday night's 7-1 loss to the New York Yankees. "You can't live in that world. We're better than that. I know our guys are frustrated."
Baltimore has lost three straight and nine of 15, and its AL East lead over second-place Boston was cut to one-half game. The Orioles have scored 10 runs in five games since the All-Star break and batted .150 (9 for 60) with one extra-base hit in the first two games of the series.
First baseman Chris Davis (stomach virus) missed his second straight game and catcher Matt Wieters (sore right foot) also was out. Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim (strained right hamstring) went on the disabled list before the game.
"We've got to find ways to continue to grind at-bats out and get guys on base, whether it's a walk or a two-strike hit or something," said Caleb Joseph, who started in place of Wieters. "That's something that we usually do that prolongs innings that gives us a chance to win the games."
Davis might be available for Wednesday.
"He's got a little better color, a little better look," Showalter said. "He's had a pretty tough go of it, and I was proud of him that he came in the locker room. ... He's starting to eat a little bit. I think he tried to have a banana and some other stuff, but he's just now getting to where he can hold something down."
Wieters fouled a ball off the foot in the series opener. Showalter said a Wednesday return was possible.
"Matt's pretty sore," he said.
Starlin Castro homered in the second off Vance Worley (2-1) and hit a two-run double in the sixth against Odrisamer Despaigne. Chase Headley added a two-run homer off Mychal Givens in the eighth.
Wearing glasses with bright orange frames, Worley made his first start since April 15 following 18 consecutive relief appearances. He allowed three runs, three hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings, lasting 88 pitches.
"I'm going to treat it as if I'm in the rotation until they tell me I'm out, so I'll get my work in and do what I need to do," Worley said. "It's up to them to make their decision.".
Nathan Eovaldi (8-6) retired 11 straight batters before walking Ryan Flaherty in the sixth. He gave up Joey Rickard's RBI double and loaded the bases with a walk to Manny Machado.
Anthony Swarzak got major league home run leader Mark Trumbo to foul out to Rob Refsnyder down the right-field line, and the rookie first baseman made a two-hop throw home that held Adam Jones at third. Jonathan Schoop then fouled out to shortstop Didi Gregorius. Swarzak retired eighth straight batters, and Nick Goody struck out the side in a perfect ninth.
"We had some good people up," Showalter said. "When you get those opportunities you've got to try to cash them in. You're not going to get many."
Orioles: Kim was put on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 11 and Baltimore selected the contract of OF Julio Borbon from Double-A Bowie. OF Henry Urrutia was designated for assignment. ... RHP Darren O'Day (strained right hamstring) threw a 35-pitch simulated game. He could make a minor league appearance Friday for Bowie and be activated Sunday or Monday.
RHP Michael Pineda (3-9) is to start for the Yankees on Wednesday and RHP Yovani Gallardo (3-1) for theOrioles. Gallardo hasn't gotten a decision in his last three outings; he is 2-0 with a 5.04 ERA in six starts since he was activated June 18 following a stint on the DL caused by right biceps tendinitis.