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Orioles Swarm Yankees, Chase Nova Early In Win

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx (Featured Image: Bill Menzel) – The Baltimore Orioles might as well have played stick ball in a 14-5 shellacking over the New York Yankees Tuesday afternoon, but even that handicap may not have rescued Yankees’ starting pitcher Ivan Nova.

In giving the Orioles their first win in the Bronx in 2014, Nova never quite found his comfort zone on the mound, surrendering seven earned runs off 10 hits in 3.2 innings pitched.

Baltimore scored three runs in the top of the first inning for a 3-0 lead on a sacrifice-fly RBI by Chris Davis, and a two-run home run [1] by O’s center-fielder Adam Jones off Nova that flew past Jacoby Ellsbury in center.

“Everybody’s trying to find it right now,” said Davis. “It felt good, as an offense, to score some runs.”

Leading 4-1 in the top of the fourth inning, the Orioles scored three runs off Nova once more on three consecutive singles by Steve Lombardozzi, Ryan Flaherty and rookie third baseman Jonathan Schoop.

With one out and the bases loaded, a Nick Markakis sacrifice-fly RBI made it 5-1, followed by a Delmon Young RBI-single down the right-field line to put Baltimore ahead 6-1. Nova’s day was done, but the pounding his ERA would take was not. With relief pitcher Cesar Cabral on the mound for Nova, a Davis RBI-single past second base would bring home Schoop from third to make it 7-1 Orioles.

New York would cut into the Baltimore lead in the bottom half of the fourth as the hot-hitting rookie third baseman Yangervis Solarte hit his sixth double of the season for an RBI scoring Francisco Cervelli from second base making the score 7-3, after Alfonso Soriano led off the inning with a solo-shot for his first home run of the year.

Solarte, who went 2-for-4 in the loss, is now the first player since 1900 to have hit at least six doubles through his first seven games as according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Orioles would find themselves with a comfortable 14-4 lead in the top of the eighth inning, crushing any hope of a Yankees comeback off the strength of a two-run homer [2] by Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters on an 0-2 count by Yankees’ reliever Vidal Nuno.

With the home run, Wieters extended his hit-streak to eight consecutive games.

Baltimore would scorch Yankees’ pitching for their worst outing of the new season and their worst combined pitching effort since June 29th of 2012 when New York last gave up 14 runs in a loss to the Chicago White Sox. The 20 hits are the most Yankees’ pitching have given up since a road loss in July of 2011 to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Despite all the runs, no Yankee starting pitcher has walked a single batter in their last five starts including Nova in Tuesday’s loss, while combining to strike out 26 batters in 29 innings pitched.

Left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen earned his first win of the season [1-1] and his first career win at Yankee Stadium, after going five innings in which he allowed four runs on 102 pitches, including nine hits with three strikeouts.

Perhaps the most exciting moment of the game for some of the fans during the Yankees rout was when two fans ran onto the field and were tackled to the ground by security.

Jones was not a fan of the men who interrupted the game, calling their shenanigans “stupid” while asking that they not get off easily from their transgression.

“They should let us have a shot to kick `em with our metal spikes,” said Jones.

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