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Losses and injuries pile up as the O’s fall


- BY JON MEOLI — Baltimore Sun

baltimore — As their divisional opponents take turns pounding the Baltimore Orioles into dust, the strain of a grueling season is starting to take its toll as well.

In a 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees before 10,235 fans at Camden Yards on Tuesday night, the Orioles also lost their leader, Trey Mancini, to an abdominal injury after a hard but awkward swing, and catcher Pedro Severino for unspecifie­d reasons after he came out of the batter’s box slow on a groundball in the sixth inning.

Including a knee injury that could end the season for reliever Tanner Scott and impressive infielder Jorge Mateo being placed on the 60-day injured list because of a back injury, the Orioles have lost six pivotal pieces to a team that doesn’t have many to spare during this marathon homestand.

Tuesday’s injuries were pockmarks on a game that wasn’t much to look at, either. Rookie left-hander Alexander Wells allowed a leadoff single and then a towering home run to Aaron Judge to start the game. After he looked to be settling in, he allowed a two-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton, then a solo homer to the next batter, Luke Voit, to create a 5-0 deficit in the third inning.

The Orioles got on the board in the fifth when Pat Valaika singled and scored from first on a double by Ryan Mountcastl­e, but they had ample chances to chip away against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole. Instead, they stranded nine and didn’t get a hit with a runner in scoring position until Kelvin Gutierrez singled in a run in the ninth.

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