|Baltimore (55-49) «||0||7||1||0||1||0||0||2||0||11||13||1|
|N.Y. Yankees (60-43)||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||11||0|
In the top of the second, though, Baltimore's designated hitter did something about it.
He hit a go-ahead grand slam in a seven-run inning and Baltimore beat the New York Yankees 11-5 on Tuesday night.
"It felt like the first inning would never end," Davis said. "And then we were able to come out there and take back the momentum and really quiet the crowd."
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Nick Markakis had a two-run homer among his three hits for the Orioles, who have won four of their last six, but finished July 13-14, their first month below .500 all season. They'll start August 5½ games behind the Yankees for the AL East lead and right in the thick of the hunt for the two wild-card spots.
Tillman said that on Monday, he thought he would be too sick to pitch, but he started a course of antibiotics and felt better on Tuesday morning.
"I didn't feel all that good," Tillman said. "There's no excuse to not make pitches early on."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he was close to bringing in a reliever for Tillman. But once he made it out of the first, he talked to pitching coach Rick Adair, and made some adjustments and relied on catcher Matt Wieters.
"Sometimes you have some outings where you are just not carrying everything you need to, your velocity is down a little bit," Showalter said. "Rick just gave him a different wrinkle and a different toy to play with and Matt getting him through those last four innings was pretty special to watch."
Tillman (4-1) was charged with four earned runs and allowed eight hits with three strikeouts in his five innings.
Ivan Nova allowed a career-high nine runs in five innings for New York, which tied a season-worst skid with four straight losses and made some dubious history in the process. According to STATS, LLC, the Yankees haven't led by five or more after the first inning and then trailed after the second since at least 1918. The Yankees have lost nine of 12.
Nova (10-5) struck out five, allowed 10 hits and lost in consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He has one win in his last seven starts, and the Yankees are 14-7 in his games.
"That's something he has been really good at this year: not letting things unravel," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And tonight it did, for whatever reason."
The Yankees teed off on Tillman in the first. He didn't get an out until he fielded Nick Swisher's groundball and threw to second for a force, after allowing an RBI single by Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano's two-run homer. He later committed an error on Ichiro Suzuki's RBI grounder that made it 4-0. Russell Martin added a run with a single before he got caught in a rundown between first and second. Ramiro Pena finally grounded out to end the inning.
The last time New York led by at least five after one inning and then lost was May 4, 2007, against Seattle, when the Yankees blew a 5-0 lead and lost 15-11.
By the time Tillman made it back out to the mound, he had a two-run lead thanks to Davis' homer, Mark Reynolds' double and Omar Quintanilla's two-run single - all the runs coming with two outs. He settled down to pitch four shutout innings to hang onto the lead and win his third straight decision.
"It's not easy to go out there and give up a lot of runs to this offense in this ballpark and then stay in there and shut the door after that, so I'm proud of him for doing it," Davis said.
Wilson Betemit helped out by tacking on an RBI double in the third and a single in the fifth.
|Chris Davis gives the Orioles the lead with his grand slam in a seven-run second inning. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Nick Markakis, RF||5||2||3||2||0||0||0||.292|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||1||0||0||1||0||1||.224|
|Chris Davis, DH||5||1||1||4||0||3||1||.262|
|Adam Jones, CF||5||2||2||0||0||0||0||.291|
|Matt Wieters, C||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.238|
|Lew Ford, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.091|
|Endy Chavez, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.188|
|Wilson Betemit, 3B||4||0||3||2||0||1||2||.261|
|Robert Andino, PR-3B||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.230|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.208|
|Omar Quintanilla, 2B||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.304|
|2B - Adam Jones (25, Nova), Lew Ford (1, Nova), Wilson Betemit 2 (16, Nova, Eppley), Mark Reynolds (17, Nova)|
|HR - Nick Markakis (10, Rapada), Chris Davis (18, Nova)|
|RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (32), Chris Davis 4 (53), Wilson Betemit 2 (37), Mark Reynolds (32), Omar Quintanilla 2 (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (11), Chris Davis 4 (17), Wilson Betemit (13), Mark Reynolds (21), Omar Quintanilla 2 (3)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Outfield Assists - Lew Ford 1|
|DP - Quintanilla-Hardy-Reynolds|
|E - Chris Tillman (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chris Tillman (W,4-1)||5||8||5||4||0||3||1||2.70|
|HBP - Cano (by Troy Patton)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 95-59, Troy Patton 25-20, Matt Lindstrom 13-8, Luis Ayala 8-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 8-4, Troy Patton 1-2, Matt Lindstrom 2-1, Luis Ayala 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 23, Troy Patton 9, Matt Lindstrom 3, Luis Ayala 3|
|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, DH||5||1||3||0||0||0||1||.312|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||1||1||1||0||3||3||.245|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||3||1||1||2||0||0||0||.309|
|Nick Swisher, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.260|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.243|
|Eric Chavez, 3B||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.265|
|a- Jayson Nix, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.239|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.261|
|Russell Martin, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.188|
|Ramiro Pena, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.250|
|a-grounded out for Chavez in the 8th|
|2B - Derek Jeter (20, Tillman), Raul Ibanez (14, Tillman)|
|HR - Robinson Cano (23, Tillman)|
|RBI - Curtis Granderson (59), Robinson Cano 2 (58), Ichiro Suzuki (30), Russell Martin (30)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|New York Yankees|
|Ivan Nova (L,10-5)||5||10||9||9||1||5||1||4.53|
|WP - Ivan Nova (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ivan Nova 93-66, Boone Logan 20-13, Cody Eppley 24-16, Clay Rapada 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ivan Nova 4-6, Cody Eppley 5-0, Clay Rapada 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Ivan Nova 26, Boone Logan 4, Cody Eppley 6, Clay Rapada 5|
|Attendance - 42821|
|Game Time - 3:06|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|