This was not a great way to celebrate Tino Martinez Day.
It was not the bounce back start that Vidal Nuno was looking for, as he gave up three home runs (two of which came with runners on) and snapped the Yankees’ four-game winning streak.
In 6.1 innings, pitched Nuno gave up 6 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs (all of which came on home runs).
With two outs in the first inning, Adam Jones crushed a solo home run to left field to begin the scoring for the Orioles. The long ball trend would continue in the fourth inning, with Jones on first base. Nelson Cruz took an 87 MPH fastball to right field for his Major League lead-tying 23rd home run of the season to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead.
The Yankees’ only run came in the bottom of that inning when Mark Teixeira clubbed a Bud Norris fastball into the bullpen in right field to cut the Orioles’ lead to 3-1. That would be as close as the Yankees would come.
After getting the lead-off batter out in the top of the fifth, Nuno was the victim of a Kelly Johnson throwing error which put Nick Markakis on first base for the hot-hitting Steve Pearce, who would proceed to crush the third O’s homer of the day and give Baltimore a 5-1 lead.
Nuno leave the game with one out in the seventh and be replaced by Jose Ramirez, who would pitch decently. In fact, the only run that scored against him came on JJ Hardy’s first home run of the season in the top of the eighth.
Ramirez would pitch 2.2 innings and give up 3 hits, 1 walk, and just the one run while striking out four Orioles.
In the bottom of the inning, the Yankees would threaten by getting two runners on base with one out for Mark Teixeira and last night’s hero Carlos Beltran. Unfortunately, Teixeira hit the ball extremely hard on a line drive that landed in the glove of Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis.
Beltran would proceed to hit a sky-high pop up to Davis and end the Yankees’ threat.
Tommy Hunter shut the door and seal a 6-1 Orioles victory.