Orioles subdued by Yanks' five homers

Orioles subdued by Yanks' five homers

BALTIMORE -- Five more for the road.

The Orioles were clubbed into submission by the league's most prolific homer-hitting team Tuesday, when the Yankees pounded out five home runs in a 9-6 victory. Baltimore has surrendered more home runs (172) than all but one other big league team, and 30 of those have come in 14 games against New York.

"They're going to have eight guys who are going to hit 20 home runs," said Baltimore manager Dave Trembley, speaking about the Yankees. "They don't miss mistakes. If you don't locate, they don't miss it at all."

Trembley has seen that scenario play out over and over again this season, but never to this great an extent. The Yankees have homered in all 14 of their games against the Orioles this season and have had nine multi-homer games in that span, not to mention eight of their nine runs came via the long ball Tuesday night.

New York's latest assault was led by catcher Jorge Posada, who hit a pair of homers against Baltimore starter David Hernandez. Nick Swisher, New York's No. 7 hitter, has four home runs at Camden Yards this year -- including a back-breaking two-run shot in Tuesday's seventh inning -- and just three at his own home park.

New York has now hit 207 homers this year, a full 13 more than the next closest team and 73 more than the Orioles. And if the Yankees (84-48) continue to go deep at their current pace, they'd finish with 254 home runs, the fourth-highest total in history. The Orioles, by contrast, are on pace to allow 210 home runs.

"They are a great hitting team, one through nine," said Hernandez, who walked six batters. "I thought I made some good pitches. It just hurts when you walk the leadoff guy and get yourself in a hole."

That scenario played out in the second inning, when Hernandez went in with a 1-0 lead and walked Posada to start the inning. Robinson Cano made him pay with a blast to right field, putting New York ahead. The Yankees extended their lead to 3-1 in the third inning on a two-out shot by Posada over the right-field fence.

Baltimore came back to tie the game in the third, but Posada busted it right back open with a two-run shot to left field in the fifth inning. Hernandez would finish that inning but wouldn't come back for the sixth.

"I think part of it is learning," said Trembley. "I think a lot of it is being able to command your pitches better. I think the other thing is learning how to use your secondary pitches. I think when you get two quick outs, sometimes for young people there's a tendency to think the third one is going to come real quick. ... He got two quick outs tonight and then maybe thought he was going to try to lay one in there and get away with it. They hit it out."

Still, the game was tied, 5-5, after six innings, thanks in part to a three-run home run by Luke Scott in the fifth. Two innings later, New York broke the deadlock for good with a two-run jack by Swisher off Chris Ray. Eric Hinske followed by planting a solo shot in the second row over the left-field fence, giving New York a three-run lead.

Ray (0-3) has now faced the Yankees 21 times in his career, many of which have been damaging. The erstwhile closer has allowed 29 hits and 20 earned runs against New York, and he's given up eight home runs in 18 2/3 innings. New York had five hits against him Tuesday, and Ray was only able to record one out.

"I think I didn't have that extra life on my fastball tonight," he said. "I was keeping the balls down and the balls they were hitting out were at their knees, catching a little bit too much of the plate."

The Orioles (54-79) took the game's first lead on a solo homer by Felix Pie in the first inning and tied the game on a two-run single by Melvin Mora in the third. Baltimore was quiet from there until the fifth, when Scott launched a three-run homer that landed on Eutaw Street approximately 25 feet from the base of the warehouse.

Baltimore scored five runs off A.J. Burnett, who spurned them during the offseason to sign with the Yankees. And if the loss wasn't bad enough, center fielder Adam Jones left the game early after spraining his left ankle in the sixth inning. Jones landed wrong in a bizarre play at first base and was removed during a pitching change.

"He has a sprain," said Trembley of his center fielder. "We'll have a better idea how long he's doing to be out tomorrow. He did have an X-ray and the X-ray is negative, but I know it's a pretty good sprain."

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