After building a 3-0 lead behind another stellar performance by Andy Pettitte, the New York Yankees lost a chance to sweep the weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles scored seven in the seventh against the Yankees bullpen for a 7-3 win Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees jumped on top in the third inning. Brett Gardner doubled and then scored on a single by Alfonso Soriano. An inning later, Gardner walked with the bases loaded to add to the lead. Derek Jeter, utilized by manager Joe Girardi as the designated hitter, lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home the Yankees third run.
After shutting out the Orioles for six innings, Pettitte allowed back to back singles to open the seventh. That brought Girardi out of the dugout and Shawn Kelley in from the bullpen. Kelley gave up a single to Matt Wieters to make the score 3-1. J.J. Hardy then hit a three run home run to put Baltimore up 4-3.
The Orioles’ bullpen was able to get the job done. Four relievers kept the Yankees from scoring in the final five innings.
On a positive note, Eduardo Nunez returned to play shortstop. He had two hits and scored a run. Gardner had two doubles and a walk.
The Yankees look to bounce back tomorrow as the Chicago White Sox come to town for three games.
The roster expansion includes David Adams and Preston Claiborne. Also included in the group is reliever Dellin Betances, who had an ERA of 2.68 at Scranton-Wilkes Barre, and catcher J.R. Murphy, who had 12 home runs combined for Scranton and AA Trenton.