BALTIMORE (AP) — Kevin Gausman outpitched CC Sabathia for the second time in seven days, Adam Jones homered and the Baltimore Orioles got their third straight shutout against the New York Yankees, 2-0 on Saturday night.
Gausman (7-10) allowed two hits and two walks over six innings to win his fourth straight start. He struck out eight and permitted only one runner past second base.
The right-hander threw seven shutout innings in New York last Sunday and is 2-1 with an 0.80 ERA in five starts against the Yankees this season.
Zach Britton, the third Baltimore reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his 40th save in 40 opportunities.
The victory moved the third-place Orioles within two games of the top spot in the AL East.
Sabathia (8-12) gave up two runs, one earned, in six innings. All it got him was another loss against the Orioles, the third in a row since mid-July.
Baltimore will seek to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday. The Orioles won 8-0 on Friday night and also beat New York 5-0 in Gausman’s previous start.
The Yankees came to town with a season-high four straight series wins, but they will leave with their ninth consecutive series loss in Baltimore.
Gausman struck out six of the first eight batters he faced and experienced only one difficult inning, the fourth. New York loaded the bases with one out before Starlin Castro struck out and Brian McCann hit a fly ball to left.
A double and an error by Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge provided Baltimore with an unearned run in the bottom half, and Jones hit his 25th home run in the fifth.
The suddenly punchless New York offense had no answer. The Yankees totaled 27 runs against Baltimore over two games last weekend before Gausman stepped to the mound.
FAREWELL TO TEX
Maryland native Mark Teixeira will play his final game at Camden Yards on Sunday.
Teixeira was cheered as a visiting player in Baltimore until he signed as a free agent with New York in 2009. From that point, the hometown kid heard only boos.
“When you play a long time, it really doesn’t bother you at all,” Teixeira said.
Besides, it’s not like he spurned the Orioles in 2009. “They didn’t have any intention of signing me. They made an offer just to say they made an offer,” he said.
Orioles: LHP Kyle Lobstein cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.
Yankees: RHP Chad Green (2-4, 4.73) has a sprained elbow and is likely done for the season. Green will see a doctor in New York on Monday.
Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (right shoulder) will have a bullpen session Sunday after throwing three times from flat ground during the week. Tillman (15-5, 3.76) last pitched on Aug. 20.
Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (6-11, 5.12) starts the series finale Sunday. He’s winless in his last four starts.
Orioles: LHP Wade Miley (8-11, 5.43) returns to the mound coming off his longest start (seven innings, three earned runs) since joining Baltimore at the trade deadline.
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