NEW YORK (AP) — Delmon Young, Adam Jones and Matt Wieters homered as the Baltimore Orioles teed off for 20 hits, battering the New York Yankees 14-5 Tuesday.
Young and Wieters each drove in three runs, and Jones delivered one of the Orioles’ four doubles at a half-empty Yankee Stadium.
Everyone in Baltimore’s starting lineup got a hit and scored a run. The Orioles posted their second-highest hit total in the Bronx, eclipsed only by a 22-hit outburst in 1986.
By the late innings, the game took on a spring training feel. The Yankees pulled several starters and the often-demanding crowd didn’t even bother to boo while the Birds ran around the bases.
There was a big cheer, however, when two fans sprinted onto the grass and were tackled in the outfield by a wave of security personnel.
Wei-Yin Chen (1-1) weathered five innings for the win, giving up four runs and nine hits.
Ivan Nova (1-1) was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings.
For all the big hits, it was a little grounder that helped things get out of hand at the start.
After Nick Markakis led off the game with a single, Young followed with a bouncer up the middle. Many shortstops in the majors could’ve turned it into a double play, but 39-year-old Derek Jeter couldn’t quite get to it and the ball skipped under his glove for a single.
Chris Davis followed with a sacrifice fly, and Jones hit his first homer of the season for a 3-0 lead. The Orioles chased Nova with a three-run fourth that made it 7-1 and added four more in the sixth.
Alfonso Soriano and Kelly Johnson hit solo home runs for the Yankees. Rookie Yangervis Solarte struck again, too, with a pair of doubles — he’s hit safely in his first six career starts and is 11 for 24 overall with six doubles.
Young was 1 for 6 this season before manager Buck Showalter gave him this start. The designated hitter had an RBI single in the fourth that finished Nova and added his first homer, a two-run drive in the sixth. Wieters connected in the eighth.
Ryan Flaherty also had three hits for the Orioles after starting the year in a 1-for-21 rut. One of his hits was an early bunt single when Francisco Cervelli, a catcher making his first pro appearance at first base, ranged too far wide and in to field the ball.
NOTES: Carlos Beltran’s RBI double marked the first run permitted by Baltimore in the first inning this season. … Nova had allowed four or fewer earned runs in 24 straight starts since September 2012. That was tied with Hiroki Kuroda for the longest such string by a Yankees pitcher since Ron Guidry’s 27-game streak ended in 1982. … With David Robertson on the disabled list, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said RHP Shawn Kelley will likely be the closer. … Orioles SS J.J. Hardy was out of the starting lineup for the third game in a row because of back spasms. … Soriano hit his 407th career home run. … RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0) starts the series finale Wednesday night in his Yankee Stadium debut vs. RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-1).
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