O's on 3-game skid, fall to Yankees

The Orioles, visiting the Bronx for the first time this season dropped the series opener 7-4.

The O's played their first game of the season in the Bronx tonight after being rained out last night, losing to the Yankees 7-4. A.J. Burnett recorded the win and Chris Tillman got the loss. Marino Rivera got his fifth save of the season.

Chris Tillman got into trouble early, not being able to find the strike zone. After allowing the first three batters to get on with singles, he gave up a three run homerun to Alex Rodriguez after Matt Wieters threw out Brett Gardner when he tried to steal second base. Tillman threw 29 pitches to the seven Yankee batters he faced in the first inning.

The Yankees added on more in the second. A two-out single by Jeter scored Russell Martin after he doubled to right field and moved to third base on a ground out by Gardner. They then tacked on two more runs on a bases loaded double by Cano.

Tillman was pulled after 1.2 innings, giving up six runs on 57 pitches. His ERA is now at 7.50. Chris Jakubauskas came on in relief, walking Swisher as his first batter faced. Adam Jones ended the inning on a diving catch to rob Jorge Posada of a hit.

Posada snapped a 0-19 by giving the Yankees another run on a solo shot in the fifth inning.

Jakubauskas threw 3.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits. He walked two and struck out one. Brad Bergesen, who was activated today and plans on getting Sunday's start, came out of the bullpen to work for two scoreless innings, not allowing a hit. Jeremy Accardo finished the game for Baltimore, giving up one hit in his inning of work.

The Orioles made some noise in the seventh against A.J. Burnett, recording four runs. Wieters went deep after Mark Reynolds doubled and Roberts added another two run homer following an Andino walk.

Burnett, who came into the game with an 11-4 lifetime record against the Birds, went 6.1 innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits. He struck out five, walked two, and threw three wild pitches before being taken out of the game.

Yankee relief went the final 2.2 innings. They combined for one hit allowed in their scoreless time on the mound.

Wieters, who came in 0-17 against Burnett, went 2-3 on the night-both hits against the starter-and Reynolds went 2-4, bringing his team leading batting average to .273. Vladimir Guerrero got a single in the sixth to bring his hitting streak to six games.

Jake Arrieta (1-1), coming off a disappointing outing against Texas, will start tomorrow's game. The Yankees will send Phil Hughes (0-1) to the mound.


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