Yangervis Solarte continued to mash the ball on Tuesday, picking up two hits -- both doubles -- in the seventh game of his major league career, but the Ivan Nova and the Yankees' bullpen could do much to keep the Baltimore Orioles' bat quite, knocking Yankees pitchers around for 20 hits in the 14-5 loss Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees trailed early, giving up three runs in the 1st inning, and every time they tried to climb back in the game, the Orioles not only got runs back, but added on as the game went on, en rout to taking the second game of this three game set.
Solarte and Jacoby Ellsbury were the only real bright spots in this game. Solarte, as I mentioned, had a pair of doubles. He now has six of those through seven games, and is making the Yankees look very smart for picking him over Eduardo Nunez, who is about to start his season in Triple-A for the Minnesota Twins.
Ellsbury had a great day at the play, too, collecting three hits, including a double. He's on a five-game hitting streak and is batting .414 through the early part of the season, earning his massive contract so far in pinstripes.
Baltimore roughed up Nova pretty badly in the first couple of innings, tagging him for seven runs on 10 hits. He struck out three, but on the bright side, he didn't walk anybody, which no Yankee starter seems to do anymore.
Nick Markakis and Delmon Young each singled to open the game, then Chris Davis hit a sac-fly to center field to bring home Markakis from 3rd. A batter later, Adam Jones took Nova deep to center field to make it a 3-0 game after just five minutes. The O's put another run on the board in the 2nd inning when Jonathan Schoop doubled to bring home Ryan Flaherty, giving the Baltimore a 4-1 lead.
The score stayed 4-1 for a couple of innings until the O's blew it open in the 4th, plating three more runs. Nova gave up three straight one-out singles to load the bases, then a Markakis sac-fly and Young single brought him two runs, knocking Nova out of the game. Cesar Cabral entered and gave up an infield single to the first batter he faced, scoring Young from 3rd.
The Yankees tried chipping away at the Orioles' six-run lead in the bottom half of the 4th, when Alfonso Soriano lead off the inning with a solo homerun to left field -- the 407th homerun of his career, moving into 50th on the all-time list. Later in the inning, one of Solarte's doubles scored Francisco Cervelli, who singled to reach base, and a Brett Gardner groundout scored two more runs, cutting the deficit to 7-4.
After that, it was pretty much all Orioles, scoring the next seven runs -- all seven charged to Vidal Nuno, who took one for the team, getting roughed up as much as Nova, giving up seven runs on eight hits while walking two in 3.1 innings.
Young added two of those seven runs against Nuno with a two-run homerun in the 6th inning, and Wieters added a two-run homerun of his own in the 8th.
Dellin Betances took over with one out in the 8th and gave up a hit to the first batter he faced, but set down the next five Orioles, including three set down on strikeouts in 1.2 innings.
Kelly Johnson hit his first homerun as a Yankee in the 8th inning, blasting a solo shot to right. That didn't really mean anything to the score, as it only made it a 14-5 game. Carlos Beltran was the only other Yankees with an RBI; his double in the 1st inning scored Ellsbury from first, putting the Yanks on the board.
The Yankees and Orioles finish up this three game series tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka makes his home debut at 7:05 pm ET.