O’s play­off hopes take beat­ing in New York

Wild-card hopes dim; Yan­kees pour on runs as bats re­main quiet

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Ed­uardo A. Encina eencina@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­dieInTheYard

NEWYORK – By the end of their four-game se­ries at Yan­kee Sta­dium, the Ori­oles’ play­off hopes could all but math­e­mat­i­cally be over.

The Ori­oles ab­sorbed an­other lop­sided loss in the Bronx, los­ing Thurs­day’s se­ries opener against the New York Yan­kees, 13-5, for their sev­enth loss in eight games.

It was, how­ever, the Ori­oles’ most runs in their past eight games. They had been held to three runs or fewer in each of the seven games be­fore com­ing to New York, av­er­ag­ing 1.7 runs dur­ing that stretch.

The of­fense couldn’t be pinned for this one, handed an early-six run deficit af­ter left-han­der Wade Mi- ley (8-13) re­tired just one of seven bat­ters he faced in the short­est out­ing of his ma­jor league ca­reer.

The Yan­kees hit four homers off the Ori­oles (72-75), in­clud­ing two by rookie slug­ger Aaron Judge, whose 11 homers against the Ori­oles are his most against any club. Ex­tra spe­cial first hits for Sisco: Ori­oles catch­ing prospect Chance Sisco, pinch hit­ting for Manny Machado in the sev­enth, came up with the first two hits of his ca­reer in the loss to the Yan­kees (80-66).

He laced a dou­ble down the right-field line for his first ma­jor league hit in the sev­enth. To lead off the ninth, he home­red to right field off re­liever Gio­vanny Gal­le­gos.

Sisco had just one pre­vi­ous at-bat since his con­tract was se­lected on Sept. 1 when rosters ex­panded. The one-sided game al­lowed sev­eral call-ups to play, in­clud­ing Sisco, out­fielder Austin Hays and out­fielder An­thony San­tander. Mancini homers: As the Ori­oles bats have strug­gled through Septem­ber, left fielder Trey Mancini is one of the few hit­ters who has been steady this month.

Mancini hit a solo homer off Yan­kees starter Masahiro Tanaka, an op­po­site-field blast in the sixth in­ning that landed in the sec­ond deck in right field. It was his 24th of the sea­son.

Though it was his first home run since Aug. 30, it was Mancini’s fourth ex­tra-base hit in his past three games. He had a dou­ble and triple in Wed­nes­day’s win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jonathan Schoop hit his 32nd homer of the sea­son, a tow­er­ing solo shot off Tanaka in the fourth. The Ori­oles added two runs in the eighth on an back-to-back RBI dou­bles by Joey Rickard and Caleb Joseph in the eighth.

FRANK FRANKLIN II/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ori­oles re­liever Mike Wright gath­ers him­self as New York’s Aaron Judge rounds the bases af­ter hit­ting a three-run homer dur­ing the fourth in­ning of Thurs­day night’s game. Wright gave up three runs in 32⁄ in­nings.

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