Being the only game on the schedule at that time, the baseball world was watching. But the spotlight did nothing to warm the Orioles' bats, which went cold in a 3-0 loss to the
In their first game on
Kuroda's complete-game shutout was also the first against the Orioles in the Bronx since Mike Mussina threw one on Sept. 28, 2001.
The 38-year-old Kuroda made easy work of the Orioles — the game lasted just two hours and 38 minutes — not allowing a runner to reach second base until the ninth inning. He struck out five and walked none and was also aided by two inning-ending double-play balls.
“[There] wasn't much margin for error,” Orioles manager
The Orioles had an opportunity to take their fourth straight series at Yankee Stadium, a feat that hadn't been accomplished in nearly 36 years, when Baltimore took four straight from May 14, 1976 to May 22, 1977.
But instead, the Orioles (6-6) had to settle for a 3-3 road trip through Boston and New York as they headed home for a 10-game homestand that begins Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
“Think it was a good first road trip,” Orioles first baseman
Kuroda attacked with precision, throwing 19 first-pitch strikes to the 25 batters he faced through his first seven innings of work, including five first-pitch outs by the Orioles. He threw 22 of 32 first-pitch strikes for the game.
"It seemed like every time we had a guy up to the plate, he was getting ahead with strike one," Davis said. "He was throwing his off speed for strikes, mixing his fastball. He was tough to hit tonight. Seemed like everything he threw up there was a strike. And when a guy is that dominant, he's tough to beat."
The night ended in heartbreak for Orioles left-hander
"He pitched real well," Showalter said of Chen. "He gave us another really good chance to win. We just weren't able to score any runs. … We didn't make a couple plays behind him we should have made and we didn't take advantage of the scenarios they made."
The last time Chen pitched against the Yankees, it was on the national stage. He kept the Orioles' postseason hopes alive last October by beating the Yankees in a series-tying
But on Sunday night, the Orioles starter unraveled in a three-run fifth inning that was capped by a two-out, two-run homer by
"I feel like it's an OK performance tonight," Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin. "On the mound I was thinking too much and that caused the big inning."
Over Chen's past 26 regular-season starts, the Orioles have scored three or fewer runs 19 times. The Orioles haven't plated a single run while Chen has been in the game over his past two starts, a span of 12 1/3 innings.
The Orioles have scored just 15 runs while Chen was in the game during his 10-start regular-season winless streak.
Asked if the Orioles' inability to score runs for him gave him a smaller margin for error, Chen said, "I can only compete with myself. I'm not competing with anyone. This is what it is. I didn't do my job today. Today was not my day."
The Yankees opened the fifth inning with back-to-back singles from
Chen's next pitch was his one mistake, as he left a first-pitch fastball up in the zone and Gardner, who has just 17 career homers in 486 major league games, turned on it, lifting it high down the right-field line.
Gardner's homer was just the third of his career against a left-handed pitcher and the first since July 3, 2010, when he homered off Toronto's Ricky Romero.
The one bright spot for the Orioles was the relief performance by Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland, who threw two scoreless innings and struck out three in his second major league appearance.
The Orioles, who have been home just three days since the beginning of
"It feels like we haven't played at home since last year," Davis said. "We had a brief three days there and it was kind of chaotic. It'll be nice to be back home and sleep in our own beds."