BALTIMORE (AP) — By the time the Baltimore Orioles were ready for their first crack at CC Sabathia, they were already too far behind to make a game of it.
Brad Bergesen gave up five runs to the New York Yankees in the first inning, and the Orioles went quietly in a 13-2 loss Thursday night.
Coming off a shutout of the Tampa Bay Rays, Bergesen struggled from the outset. The Yankees took a 2-0 lead after only three batters came to the plate, and Nick Swisher added a three-run double before Bergesen got the third out.
“For me, it was everything tonight. Just all around, just bad,” Bergesen said. “Putting us in a 5-0 hole just made it real tough for us tonight. Just nothing good for me tonight, whatsoever.”
Bergesen (1-5) allowed eight runs and five hits in 3 1-3 innings. He’s 0-4 with a 9.25 ERA in five career starts against New York.
Despite his lack of success against New York, his dud of a performance was somewhat surprising after what he did against Tampa Bay only five nights earlier.
“You’d like to see him take his last outing and run with it. You expect and you’re hoping that’s the case,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I’ve seen him pitch some good games while I’ve been here for a short time, and I’ve seen him really struggle. Most of them are the result of his command of his fastball. He wasn’t good enough. He knows that.”
Sabathia (4-3) scattered seven hits over eight shutout innings, striking out nine and walking none. The left-hander is 2-0 against the Orioles this season, 16-2 lifetime and 10-1 at Camden Yards.
Mark Teixeira and Eduardo Nunez homered for the Yankees, whose 14 hits included three doubles, three triples and two home runs.
Swisher drove in four runs and Jorge Posada, starting at first base for the first time since 2008, walked twice and had a run-scoring double.
New York completed a two-game sweep and improved to 6-0 against Baltimore.
“We got the quick five runs,” manager Joe Girardi noted. “We needed to give the bullpen the night off — and that’s what CC did for us.”
Amaury Sanit gave up two runs in the ninth, on an RBI double by Mark Reynolds and a run-scoring groundout by Jake Fox.
The game was all but decided in the first inning. After Derek Jeter led off with a double and scored on a triple by Curtis Granderson, Teixeira hit a run-scoring groundout. Two outs later, Bergesen hit Robinson Cano with a pitch above the knee, and Cano wore a look of disgust as he walked to first base.
It was the second time in two innings that a Baltimore pitcher plunked a Yankees batter. In the 15th inning Wednesday night, Chris Dickerson was struck in the head by a fastball from Mike Gonzalez.
After hitting Cano, Bergesen issued two straight walks before Swisher cleared the bases with a liner that left fielder Felix Pie got a glove on but couldn’t hold.
In the bottom half, Sabathia got two quick outs before hitting Nick Markakis in the back with a pitch. Home plate umpire Larry Vanover promptly warned both sides that the next pitcher to throw at a batter would be ejected.
“It just got away from me — a fastball that got away,” Sabathia said. “I always pitch him in. That’s one of those things.”
Vladimir Guerrero followed with a single to put runners on the corners, but Sabathia got Adam Jones to hit into a fielder’s choice.
New York used a four-run fourth to make it 9-0. Swisher walked before Brett Gardner and Jeter hit successive triples to chase Bergesen. One out later, Teixeira hit a towering two-run homer off Chris Jakubauskas.
Nunez homered for the first time this season in the ninth with a man on against Troy Patton.
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