Orioles win their fifth straight game
baltimore — After the Orioles lost June 3 in Houston, their fifth straight defeat to drop them six games under .500, even the most ardent proclaimers of ‘It’s still early” had to envision this season careening off the tracks.
Well, apparently it was still early.
With the Orioles’ 9-4 win against the first-place New York Yankees before a rowdy announced crowd of 38,909 Saturday night at Camden Yards, the Orioles (31-30) are riding a season-high six-game winning streak and are over .500 for the first time since May 3.
Most important, they are now just two games behind the Yankees (33-28) in the American League East race and go for a sweep Sunday with promising rookie Mike Wright on the mound. It would be the club’s second consecutive sweep at home and make them 6-0 on the homestand against the rival Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
Yes, still early for the defending AL East champs— go figure.
The Orioles’ offense bashed the Yankees for the second straight night, using 15 hits, including three homers and seven total extra base hits, to score nine runs. On Friday, they scored 11 and have totaled 32 in their five games here this week.
On Saturday night, right-hander Bud Norris was making his second start after dealing with a bout of bronchitis that sent him to the disabled list and cost him almost a month of the season. His first start back was Sunday, when he allowed one run in five innings in a win against the Indians in Cleveland – which kick started this current Orioles’ winning streak.
Saturday didn’t start well for Norris, who allowed two runs and three hits in the first inning Saturday. With two outs, Mount St. Joseph’s graduate Mark Teixeira singled to left to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. He then scored from first when Brian McCann doubled against the right field wall.
Delmon Young misplayed the carom, forcing center fielder Adam Jones to pickup the balland heave it. A sliding Teixeira sneaked his left hand under Matt Wieters’ tag for the Yankees’ second run.
Norris would cruise after that, retiring 13 of his next 14 batters while taking a two-run lead into the sixth inning. But he couldn’t hold the lead, allowing a leadoff single and an historic two-run homer to Alex Rodriguez in the sixth — the 666th of his career, giving him 2,001 career RBI, second all-time behind Hank Aaron.
Baltimore’s Nolan Reimold, left, greetsMannyMachado after the latter hit his 11th home run, a two-run shot in the fifth inning.