Arrieta Shuts Down Yankees, O’s Send Nova To Loss
NEW YORK (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched eight innings of five-hit ball Wednesday night, and the Baltimore Orioles ended Ivan Nova’s 15-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the New York Yankees.
Matt Wieters homered and hit an RBI double, Nick Markakis also connected and Baltimore earned a rare series win in New York with a team pitching effort not seen since the days of Jim Palmer and Mike Flanagan.
The Orioles lost the first game of the series 2-1 and won the middle game 7-1. With Arrieta’s effort, the Orioles held the Yankees to two runs or fewer in three straight games in the Bronx for the first time since 1978, when Don Stanhouse joined Palmer and Flanagan in accomplishing the feat.
Baltimore is just 12-30 against the Yankees since the start of 2010. The Orioles were swept in Baltimore in a three-game set in early April.
Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth in relief of Arrieta (2-2).
Yankees third baseman Eric Chavez left the game during his at-bat in the bottom of the fifth because of a whiplash injury and possible concussion. He was hurt in the top of the inning diving to try and stop J.J. Hardy’s double down the line, one of the Orioles’ six extra-base hits.
Nova (3-1) was one win away from matching Roger Clemens’ team record of 16 straight winning decisions. Since last June 10, Nova made 20 starts without a loss. The right-hander benefited this season from strong run support, though: In his last start he gave up six runs but the Yankees rallied for a 7-6 victory over Detroit.
New York’s bats could not help him this time. Arrieta was too tough.
The Yankees failed to get a runner past first, and Alex Rodriguez was the only player with at least two hits.
Arrieta, 26, tied a career high with nine strikeouts without walking a batter.
Nova matched Arrieta until allowing a homer to Wieters leading off the fourth. The Orioles added a run in the sixth by taking advantage of two walks and a wild pitch. Robert Andino, who had three hits and a walk, singled to deep short for a 2-0 lead. One of the walks was to Mark Reynolds, who came in batting .143 and has struck out in 19 straight games.
Markakis hit a long drive to right-center with one out in the seventh. Nova knew it was gone right away, smacking his right thigh in anger almost immediately after it left the bat.
Wieters then doubled in a run after Adam Jones was hit by a pitch, ending Nova’s night after 6 1/3 innings. He allowed five runs on nine hits and four walks.
Nick Johnson had an RBI single in the seventh. Demoted starter Freddy Garcia pitched two scoreless innings for relief for New York.
NOTES: Orioles LHP Tsuyoshi Wada will have elbow-ligament reconstruction surgery. Wada has been sidelined since the last week of spring training. Los Angeles Angels team doctor Lewis Yocum will perform the surgery May 11. Baltimore LHP Zach Britton, who hasn’t pitched all season because of discomfort in his left shoulder, will begin pitching in extended spring games. He is scheduled for outings on May 10, 15 and 21. If all goes well, he could make a rehab start May 26. Yankees RHP David Phelps was putting on his dress suit while his teammates prepared for Wednesday’s game. Phelps was flying to Kansas City in preparation for his first big league start Thursday. “It’s going to be awesome,” he said. “I have a lot of family there.” Baltimore held the Yankees to a .183 average (17 for 93) and three runs and three extra-base hits in the series.
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