As smoothly as this early season has started for the
, they know they’ll never be considered serious threats in the
if they can’t beat the
On Monday, in their first trip to new
“It's not like we're going out there and getting blown out. They're one-run losses, and we see these guys a lot more,” said Orioles right fielder
Heading into the night, the Orioles (14-9) were winners of six of their last seven. But they are winless in four games this year versus the Yankees and are 14-5 against everyone else. Last year, the Yankees took 13 of 18 from the Orioles and have won 30 of 40 since 2010.
“They are the Yankees, they are always good. I don’t think it’s anything that we have a mental block or anything like that against them,” said first baseman
Hammel made just one mistake – a 94-mph sinker that didn’t sink and was instead pummeled by
"Started down the middle and didn't move too much," said Hammel (3-1), who picked up his first loss as an Oriole. "It was right down the middle, so he hit a home run off of it."
The homer was set up by a
"Like most times in a ballgame like that, you can look back and see some things you could do to make it not matter," Showalter said. "(The umpires) are not trying to get it wrong, but sometimes there are things you have to overcome."
Davis said he thought the ball was foul – but it shouldn't have mattered.
"You've got to move on. That's the game. You can't let that stuff affect you. It happens every day. No matter who you play for or who you're playing against," Davis said. "You've just got to pick it up and keep going. Jason still pitched well. We've got to do a little better job of capitalizing on scoring opportunities, myself included."
Entering the game with a 1.73 ERA – third best in the
“He's just got a good mix and he trusts his fastball and sinker,” Showalter said of Hammel, whom the Orioles acquired in February as part of the
The Orioles had won 57 consecutive games when their opponents had scored two runs or fewer. They also were 12-1 when their starter had gone at last six innings before Monday’s loss.
But they couldn’t do much damage against Yankees starter
Kuroda, the 37-year-old Japanese right-hander whom the Yankees signed as a free agent this offseason, gave up just four hits, one walk and one run in seven innings. Several times the Orioles smoked the ball against Kuroda, but it ended up in Yankees' gloves.
"We squared up I think eight balls, but you've got to applaud their defense, too. They caught them. Some nights it happens like that," said Showalter, who is stuck on 999 career victories. "We won a ballgame (Sunday) because of the defense. It's just unfortunate that you can't get a return for that type of pitching effort."
The Orioles best chance to beat Kuroda was in the seventh, when they failed to score despite getting runners on second and third with one out. Kuroda struck out Davis – who was nearly safe when the ball squirted away from catcher
"We had a chance to put (Kuroda) away and give ourselves the lead and we weren't able to do it," Davis said. "I swung at some balls out of the zone. I've got to be a little bit more patient there."
“I was just looking to score -- tie the game. I thought I had a good jump,” Markakis said. “The ball didn't go as far as I wanted to. Nine times out of 10, I'm going to try it.”
Yankees’ relievers took over from there.
The loss also dropped the Orioles out of first place, with them falling one game behind the
The Orioles held their own against the Yankees (14-9, and a half game behind the Orioles), but it ended as most here have in the last decade-plus. The Orioles haven't posted a winning record in New York – or against the Yankees in a season – since 1997.