Following a 1 hour, 49 minute rain delay, the New York Yankees couldn’t solve Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie (W, 5-14), who led the Orioles to a 4-2 win Friday night by holding the men in pinstripes to a run in seven innings.
Yankees starter A.J. Burnett (L, 8-9) (8.0 IP, 5H, 4R) went eight innings but couldn’t solve Orioles first baseman Derek Lee, who went 2-for-3 with a solo homer (12) and RBI double.
“Keep the ball in the park, man,” Burnett said. “That’s what we need to do.”
After Mark Reynolds hit a two-run home run (22) off Burnett in the second inning to give the O’s a 2-0 lead, Vladimir Guerrero hit a one-out double to right-center in the fourth and scored on Lee’s double to center.
Lee came to bat with two outs in the sixth and gave his team some extra cushion with a solo homer to right.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Mark Teixeira provided the Yanks’ first run on the night with a solo homer (29) off Guthrie to right. Teixeira’s long ball would mark the only time New York scored off Gurthrie in the game.
Lee had an opportunity to increase Baltimore’s lead with two outs and men on first and second in the top of the eighth, but Burnett struck the first baseman out swinging to keep it a three-run game.
“To be honest with you, I’ll take today,” Burnett said. “I made a mistake throwing that pitch and location with both [home runs].
“It’s good to go eight and get past the sixth finally,” the 34-year-old added. “I made some good pitches when I needed to.”
With closer Kevin Gregg on the mound (S, 17), Robinson Cano led the bottom of the ninth off with a double to left, and Nick Swisher followed with a one-out double shortly after that cut the Yanks’ deficit to 4-2.
Designated hitter Jorge Posada then worked a five-pitch walk, but catcher Russell Martin grounded into a force out and Brett Gardner struck out swinging for the last out of the game.