Orioles aim to end series with clean game

O's aim to end series on high note

NEW YORK -- They could be bookends. The Orioles have seen two close games against the Yankees get blown into routs in the late innings, a trend they hope to squash in Thursday's series finale. And if you ask manager Dave Trembley, New York's eight straight wins are merely the latest proof of a suspicion confirmed long ago.

"I knew they were hot coming in here," said Trembley. "I'm very much aware of how many games they had won in a row. I don't think it was a surprise to anybody that they've played very well."

Perhaps it's not a surprise, especially considering their series history. Baltimore has dropped 11 of its last 14 games at Yankee Stadium and has dropped the season series to New York 23 times in the past 26 years. The Orioles haven't gotten the best of the Yankees since 1997, coincidentally the team's last winning season.

Baltimore will send veteran Adam Eaton to the mound in the finale and will have to hope that the right-hander can curb some of his wild tendencies. The Orioles are 3-4 when Eaton starts. New York will counter with Joba Chamberlain, who pulled out a 5-3 win over Baltimore earlier in the month.

Chamberlain, in fact, inspired some questions Wednesday. Many reporters were curious as to whether Aubrey Huff -- who hit a home run and made a demonstrative fist-pump at home plate in Chamberlain's last start against Baltimore -- would inspire some retribution. In Huff's mind, though, the issue is closed.

Trembley, for his part, said that he just wants to see his team play a clean game in the finale. The Orioles have made key errors that led to runs in each of the past two nights, a practice Trembley wants to nip in the bud.

"The way the Yankees are playing right now, like any good team, if you give them extra opportunities, they're going to take advantage," Trembley said. "I said that earlier before the series started. You give them a little bit of a crack, they see the opening and they jump on it. The walks, you make an error, you give them a four-out inning. They've got too good a lineup. I really don't think it matters who's pitching. They're going to capitalize on it."

Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Adam Eaton (2-4, 7.93 ERA)
Eaton will be trying to recover from a rough outing in Kansas City. He allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs over five innings, and the Royals rocked Eaton with homers by Mike Jacobs and Miguel Olivo. In six of Eaton's seven starts, he has allowed at least four earned runs. Eaton has completed six innings just twice this season.

NYY: RHP Joba Chamberlain (2-1, 3.76 ERA)
If Saturday's start against the Twins is any indication, Chamberlain may be on the way toward solving his first-inning woes. He retired the first three Minnesota hitters in order on just 14 pitches and began the game with his fastball touching the mid-90s. Chamberlain ultimately allowed two runs in six innings and picked up a no-decision.

Bird bites
Baltimore is 15-11 when it scores four runs or more, 5-13 when its opponent scores first and 0-22 when it trails after seven innings. ... The Orioles have been outscored, 79-42, after the sixth inning this season, a statistic that includes Wednesday's back-breaking rally. ... Nick Markakis struck out three times Wednesday, marking the 10th time in his career he's done that. ... Nolan Reimold hit his first career home run on Wednesday night. ... The Orioles beat the Yankees in their first two games this season but have turned around and lost five of the past six.

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Up next
• Friday: Orioles (Rich Hill, 1-0, 3.18) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann, 2-1, 6.35), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Orioles (Koji Uehara, 2-3, 4.34) at Nationals (Ross Detwiler, 0-0, 3.60), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Orioles (Brad Bergesen, 1-2, 5.35) at Nationals (Shairon Martis, 5-0, 4.53), 1:35 p.m. ET

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.