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Cruz, Hardy power Orioles to easy win over Yankees wire reports

NEW YORK -- Nelson Cruz has been hitting homers all season. J.J. Hardy finally got in on the fun Saturday, against a likely opponent.

Cruz hit his 23rd home run, Hardy connected for his first of the year and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 6-1 after starter Bud Norris left with tightness in his right groin.

Adam Jones and Steve Pearce also went deep off struggling soft-tosser Vidal Nuno, helping the Orioles rebound after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth inning of a 5-3 loss Friday night.

''Big win for us,'' Hardy said.

Cruz and Pearce each had a two-run shot. Hardy ended a drought of 339 at-bats that dated to last September.

''It definitely felt nice,'' he said. ''I felt like I forgot how to do it.''

''I think it probably is a little bit of a relief. I started to question myself if I ever was going to hit one again,'' Hardy added.

Mark Teixeira hit his 12th home run for the Yankees, who had won four straight and eight of 10, but that was all they managed against Norris and three relievers.

During a pregame ceremony on the field, former New York first baseman Tino Martinez was honored with a plaque to be placed in Monument Park.

Making his first start against the Yankees, Norris (7-5) allowed three hits in five innings and matched a career high by winning his fourth straight start. He warmed up on the mound for the sixth but was pulled for Ryan Webb, who pitched two scoreless innings.

Tommy Hunter got the final five outs.

Norris said he felt something ''kind of funny'' while throwing a fastball in the fifth.

''It kind of grabbed on me,'' he said. ''I've had groin stuff before, especially my left one but not necessarily my right one. You've got to be real careful with those.''

''I could see it getting a little worse and I wanted to be smart, but really, hats off to the offense for scoring and to the bullpen for picking me up,'' Norris added. ''Pretty sore right now.''

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Norris probably will pitch the night game of a split doubleheader Friday against Tampa Bay, but the right-hander said it was too soon to tell.

''We've got other options, but I'm hoping we caught it in time,'' Showalter said.

Pressed into the rotation because of injuries to CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda, Nuno (1-4) is having a hard time with the homer-friendly dimensions at Yankee Stadium. He was rocked in his previous outing in Oakland and is 0-4 since beating the Los Angeles Angels on May 7.

''This is what we have. And as I said, it's not like there's just starting pitchers lying around out there,'' New York manager Joe Girardi said, explaining that Nuno will stay in the rotation. ''Right now, this is what it is.''

The left-hander yielded five runs -- four earned -- and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He allowed three home runs and has served up 13 in 39 1/3 innings this season at home, where he is 0-3 with a 7.09 ERA.

''My fastball today, I just left it up too much,'' Nuno said. ''I trusted all my stuff today. No regrets and everything, but they just got to my fastball.''

Jones hit a solo shot with two outs in the first and drew a leadoff walk in the fourth before Cruz connected. Cruz began the day one home run behind Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion for the major league lead.

''He's carried us along a lot of the season,'' Hardy said.

Pearce's drive made it 5-1 in the fifth, and Hardy went deep off Jose Ramirez in the eighth for his 159th career homer and first since Sept. 5, 2013, against Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox.

''We like hitting home runs,'' Jones said.

Back in the dugout, Hardy got the silent treatment. He threw sunflower seeds on himself and was doused with water by Cruz.

The two-time All-Star shortstop has hit at least 22 home runs five times, including a career-high 30 with Baltimore in 2011.

''Normally I just put my head down and run. This time I kind of watched a little bit to make sure that it got up,'' Hardy said. ''As I was rounding third, I looked into the dugout and no one had moved. So I kind of knew that they were going to sit there.''


Baltimore recalled reliever Brad Brach from Triple-A Norfolk. ... Nuno has allowed 15 homers in 67 1-3 innings overall. ... Pineda (right shoulder muscle) will get another week off after an MRI still showed ''a trace of inflammation,'' Girardi said. ... RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-1, 1.99 ERA) starts Sunday's series finale against Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (5-4, 4.82). Hall of Fame reliever Rich ''Goose'' Gossage will be honored with a Monument Park plaque as part of festivities for the 68th annual Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium.

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Nelson Cruz continues to crush baseballs, going deep against the Yankees for his 23rd home run this season. (USATSI)
Nelson Cruz continues to crush baseballs, going deep against the Yankees for his 23rd home run this season. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

A. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

S. Pearce
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Baltimore Orioles
Nick Markakis, RF5100021 .294
Steve Pearce, LF4122100 .333
   David Lough, PR-LF0000000 .182
Adam Jones, CF4221101 .291
Nelson Cruz, DH4112113 .299
Chris Davis, 1B5010013 .220
J.J. Hardy, SS4121001 .291
Manny Machado, 3B4000012 .224
Jonathan Schoop, 2B3010002 .222
Caleb Joseph, C4000032 .132
Bud Norris, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   Brian Matusz, P0000000 .000
   Tommy Hunter, P0000000 .000
2B - Chris Davis (9, Nuno)
HR - Steve Pearce (6, Nuno), Adam Jones (13, Nuno), Nelson Cruz (23, Nuno), J.J. Hardy (1, Ramirez)
RBI - Steve Pearce 2 (19), Adam Jones (45), Nelson Cruz 2 (60), J.J. Hardy (16)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones (15)
Team LOB - 8
Baltimore Orioles
Bud Norris (W,7-5) 5311241 3.62
Ryan Webb 2100110 2.48
Brian Matusz 0.1200010 4.15
Tommy Hunter 1.2100000 5.48
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 82-54, Ryan Webb 25-13, Brian Matusz 14-10, Tommy Hunter 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 3-7, Ryan Webb 2-3, Tommy Hunter 2-3
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 19, Ryan Webb 8, Brian Matusz 3, Tommy Hunter 6
New York (A.L.) Yankees
Brett Gardner, LF3000121 .287
Derek Jeter, SS4010011 .271
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3010100 .279
Mark Teixeira, 1B4111003 .250
Carlos Beltran, DH3000102 .223
Kelly Johnson, 3B4000001 .225
Brian Roberts, 2B4020010 .244
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4010023 .307
Francisco Cervelli, C3010003 .211
   a-Brian McCann, PH1000001 .226
Vidal Nuno, P0000000 .000
   Jose Ramirez, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for Cervelli in the 9th
2B - Brian Roberts (9, Norris)
HR - Mark Teixeira (12, Norris)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (35)
CS - Brett Gardner (2, 2nd base by Norris/Joseph)
Team LOB - 8
E - Kelly Johnson (7, Throwing)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
Vidal Nuno (L,1-4) 6.1654243 5.88
Jose Ramirez 2.2311141 5.63
HBP - Schoop (by Jose Ramirez)
Pitches-Strikes - Vidal Nuno 107-67, Jose Ramirez 48-30
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vidal Nuno 7-9
Batters Faced - Vidal Nuno 28, Jose Ramirez 13
Game Information
Attendance - 47165
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Tom Woodring, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Eric Cooper