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Davis belts No. 31, Orioles complete sweep of Yankees

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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles used their most potent weapon -- the long ball -- to complete a satisfying sweep of the New York Yankees.

Chris Davis set a franchise record by hitting his 31st home run before the All-Star break, and Manny Machado and Nate McLouth also connected in a 4-2 victory Sunday night.

The Orioles increased their major-league leading home run total to 115 with three in the opening three innings against Hiroki Kuroda (7-6). Davis, meanwhile, has six more home runs than anyone else in the big leagues after hitting three in the past two games.

His second-inning drive broke Brady Anderson's franchise record for home runs before the All-Star Game. Anderson had 30 in 1996 en route to hitting 50 for the season, a team record that still stands.

The Orioles tagged seven homers in their first three-game sweep of the Yankees since 2005. New York might have eliminated Baltimore from the playoffs last October, but at this point, the Orioles appear to have the upper hand on their injury-riddled rivals.

"I think it's always a statement whenever you sweep anybody," Davis said. "I think it's been big for us. I think it's our first one this year. We've always put emphasis on winning series and making sure we at least win the majority of the games, but when you can get a sweep, especially against a team in the division, it's huge."

Chris Tillman (10-2) gave up two runs and five hits over six innings to win his sixth consecutive start and reach a career high for victories in a season. The right-hander is 7-0 in eight starts since May 19.

Jim Johnson worked the ninth to earn his 28th save. Baltimore is 6-3 against New York this season, 5-1 at home.

Robinson Cano hit a home run for the Yankees, who have lost five straight -- matching their longest skid of the year -- and 13 of 18. New York dropped into fourth place in the AL East, 6½ games behind division leader Boston.

"There are a lot of things that go on in life that are struggles that you go through, and you have to figure out how to get through them," manager Joe Girardi said. "This is like life. Everything is not going to be easy. You find ways to get through it. I'm not going to get frustrated. I know the effort these guys are putting in. I'm going to stick up for them."

Kuroda went six-plus innings. The three home runs he allowed were a season high, after allowing only two homers in his previous four starts.

"He didn't give up a lot of hits but the hits he did they were loud and they were home runs," Girardi said.

The Orioles activated Brian Roberts from the disabled list, where he had languished since April 5 with a right hamstring injury. Batting ninth as Baltimore's designated hitter, Roberts went 1 for 2 with a sacrifice fly in his fourth game of the season.

"If you are going to be out there, you want to contribute," he said. "You don't want to be the weak link in the chain and there are some pretty strong links in this chain."

Machado got Baltimore a first-inning run with his first home run since May 5. The Yankees tied it in the second when Brett Gardner drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs, but Tillman avoided further damage by retiring Ichiro Suzuki on a popup.

Davis opened the bottom half with an opposite-field drive to left field, his second career homer against Kuroda in 15 at-bats.

A solo shot by McLouth made it 3-1 in the third, his fourth hit in 24 career at-bats against Kuroda.

Robinson hit his team-leading 17th home run in the sixth, and Roberts made it 4-2 in the seventh with a run-scoring fly ball.

Not long after that, Orioles fans in the crowd of 40,878 celebrated another victory against the hated Yankees.

"The atmosphere tonight [shows] our city has fully embraced this team again," Roberts said. "It's great to be a part of it."

Notes

  • Girardi failed in his fifth try to earn managerial victory No. 600.
  • Machado went 3 for 4, including his major-league leading 38th double, and now leads the majors with 34 multihit games.
  • The Yankees will send Andy Pettitte to the mound Monday night in Minnesota. The left-hander is 10-0 in his past 12 starts against the Twins.
  • Baltimore has Monday off before opening a three-game series against the White Sox.
  • Suzuki is 1 for 13 lifetime (.077) against Tillman, his lowest batting average against any pitcher (10 AB minimum).
  • Baltimore has won five straight at home against New York for the first time since 1983.
  • It was Johnson's 100th career save.
 
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Manny Machado opens the scoring in the first inning with a solo home run, one of three Baltimore hits off Hiroki Kuroda.  (USATSI)
Manny Machado opens the scoring in the first inning with a solo home run, one of three Baltimore hits off Hiroki Kuroda. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Machado
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

R. Cano
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF4001114 .286
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4000005 .270
Robinson Cano, 2B4121000 .287
Travis Hafner, DH3010011 .223
    Vernon Wells, PH-DH1000010 .223
Zoilo Almonte, LF4110020 .303
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010011 .240
Jayson Nix, SS3000122 .237
Chris Stewart, C3010000 .259
David Adams, 3B2000212 .186
Totals3226249  
a-struck out for Hafner in the 8th
Batting
2B - Lyle Overbay (18, Johnson)
HR - Robinson Cano (17, Tillman)
RBI - Brett Gardner (31), Robinson Cano (48)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Gardner (17)
Team LOB - 8
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda (L,7-6) 6744073 2.95
Boone Logan 1000010 2.08
Shawn Kelley 1100010 4.20
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 99-68, Boone Logan 18-12, Shawn Kelley 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 7-4, Boone Logan 1-1
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 25, Boone Logan 3, Shawn Kelley 4
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF4111022 .282
Manny Machado, 3B4131011 .321
Nick Markakis, RF4000002 .282
Adam Jones, CF4000002 .292
Chris Davis, 1B4111021 .332
Matt Wieters, C3110010 .232
J.J. Hardy, SS3010010 .266
Ryan Flaherty, 2B2000010 .213
    Danny Valencia, PH1000002 .241
Brian Roberts, DH2011010 .429
Totals3148409  
a-grounded out for Flaherty in the 7th
Batting
2B - Manny Machado (38, Kuroda), J.J. Hardy (15, Kuroda)
HR - Nate McLouth (6, Kuroda), Manny Machado (6, Kuroda), Chris Davis (31, Kuroda)
SF - Brian Roberts (1)
RBI - Nate McLouth (15), Manny Machado (42), Chris Davis (80), Brian Roberts (2)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate McLouth 1
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Tillman (W,10-2) 6522261 3.68
Darren O'Day (H,12) 1000200 2.25
Troy Patton (H,4) 0.1000000 3.79
Tommy Hunter (H,10) 0.2000010 2.00
Jim Johnson (S,28) 1100020 3.92
HBP - Stewart (by Jim Johnson)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 98-58, Darren O'Day 28-16, Troy Patton 4-2, Tommy Hunter 4-4, Jim Johnson 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 2-9, Darren O'Day 1-2, Tommy Hunter 1-0, Jim Johnson 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 24, Darren O'Day 5, Troy Patton 1, Tommy Hunter 2, Jim Johnson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40878
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Adam Hamari, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg