Orioles lose to Yankees 6-5 on pinch-hit grand slam by Drew off Hunter


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BALTIMORE — It was the kind of situation Tommy Hunter loves.

The Baltimore Orioles had just taken a two-run lead and Hunter was called upon in the seventh inning to protect the advantage against the New York Yankees.

Then, in Hunter's words, this happened: "A dink hit here, a dink hit there. And, you know, pop. Four runs."

Stephen Drew delivered a pinch-hit grand slam, and the Yankees beat Hunter and the Orioles 6-5 Monday night.

After the Yankees used a single, a walk and an infield hit to load the bases with two outs, Drew hit a 3-1 fastball from Hunter (0-1) over the wall in right-center. It was his second homer in two games and New York's first pinch-hit slam since Jorge Posada did it in 2001 against the Orioles.

Hunter was trying to preserve a potential victory for starter Wei-Yin Chen, who allowed two runs in six gritty innings.

"Big situation. Yankees coming to town," Hunter said. "Chen threw a great game. It's just upsetting to come in and not get him the W he deserved."

Drew was batting for Brett Gardner, who hurt his right wrist in the first inning after being hit by a pitch from Chen.

"I asked him each at-bat and he said he was OK," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Then, he came to me the last time and said, 'We need a big hit and I don't know how well I can swing.'"

Girardi summoned Drew, who was 0 for 5 lifetime against Hunter.

"You got three guys on and I was not trying to do too much," Drew said. "I got ahead with a 3-1 count. I got in a good situation and it all worked out for the best."

X-rays on Gardner's wrist were negative.

"It's kind of a day-to-day thing," the outfielder said.

Chris Young and Mark Teixeira also homered for the Yankees, who have won two straight following a 1-4 start.

"We didn't play well the first five games of the season," Girardi said. "We played much better the last two. We've gotten big hits. We've capitalized on some mistakes the other clubs have made."

Adam Jones had three hits, including a home run, for Baltimore. Jones is 10 for 14 with three homers and seven RBIs in his last four games.

Michael Pineda (1-0) gave up five runs and nine hits with nine strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings for the Yankees, who were 6-13 against Baltimore last year.

Former Oriole Andrew Miller got the last five outs for his second save.

Playing on the road for the first time since his return from a one-year drug suspension, New York's Alex Rodriguez was booed soundly before the game and prior to each trip to the plate.

He played errorless ball at third base — his first time at the position since Sept. 10, 2013 — but went 0 for 4 at the plate with two strikeouts.

After Young hit a solo shot in the second inning, the Orioles got RBI doubles from Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop in the bottom half.

Teixeira tied it with a towering fourth-inning drive into the left field seats. In the sixth, Jones hit a shot into the Baltimore bullpen for a 4-2 lead.

After Drew put the Yankees ahead, the Orioles got a run in the bottom of the seventh and loaded the bases with two outs before Chris Davis struck out for the fourth time.


Yankees: Girardi lost a challenge when Gardner was ruled out on a close play at first base in the fifth. It was the Yankees' second unsuccessful challenge in two tries after they had an 82.1 percent success rate last year — best in the majors.

Orioles: The Orioles won their lone challenge, getting an out call on Schoop reversed on his second-inning double.


Yankees: INF Jose Pirela missed a seventh game while on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Girardi offered no timetable for Pirela's return.

Orioles: OF David Lough (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day DL and RH Eddie Gamboa was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.


Yankees: CC Sabathia (0-1, 6.35 ERA) gets his second start Tuesday night, looking to bolster his 18-6 lifetime record against the Orioles.

Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 1.59 ERA) makes his home debut after going 7-2 at Camden Yards in 2014.

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