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3-game sweep keeps eluding Yankees

Maybe the Yankees just wore themselves out the previous two games. After combining for 27 runs and 36 hits Friday night and Saturday, the Yanks came out flat against the Orioles Sunday and were shut out in failing once again to sweep a three-game series.

It marked the seventh time this season that the Yankees won the first two games of a series but could not complete the sweep. Overall in three-game series this year, the Yankees have won 14 and lost 16. They have been swept in three-game sets four times but have not yet done so themselves. Oddly, they have two four-game series sweeps and one two-game series sweep.

CC Sabathia put the Yankees in position to get over this hump until the seventh inning when a strange hit set up what proved a decision blow. With a runner on first and two out, Nolan Reimold hit a spinning bloop of a liner that bounced past Starlin Castro, who was also distracted by the runner, Jonathan Schoop, coming into the area.

Sabathia then sealed his own fate in the game with a walk to 9-hole hitter Hyun Soo Kim that loaded the bases. Manager Joe Girardi called on righthander Adam Warren to face righty-swinging Steve Pearce, who lined a 2-2 fastball through the middle for a two-run single that pushed Baltimore’s lead to 3-0. Pearce had broken the scoreless tie the inning before with his 12th home run.

Pearce, who was reacquired by the Orioles Aug. 1 in a trade from the Rays, helped douse a promising Yankees rally in the third inning by throwing out Gary Sanchez at third base for the first out, a cardinal sin. Sanchez, who had two more hits and is batting .405, led off the inning with a single. On a single to right by Mark Teixeira, Sanchez noticed no one was at third base and made a break for it. Third baseman Manny Machado, however, made a quick recovery, took Pearce’s strong, accurate throw and tagged out Sanchez. Didi Gregorius followed with a single, but the rally died when Castro grounded into a force on another nice play by Machado and Brian McCann struck out.

This turned out to be another fruitless game for the Yanks against Orioles righthander Kevin Gausman, who shut them out on seven hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings. Gausman is 1-1 with an ERA of 0.99 in 27 2/3 innings against the Yankees this year but is 5-9 with a 4.41 ERA against everyone else.

The Orioles padded their lead in the eighth when major league home run leader Mark Trumbo, who had struck out twice and grounded into a double play, belted a two-run shot (No. 40) to left off rookie Ben Heller.

Sabathia became the 39th pitcher in American League history to achieve the 3,000 plateau in career innings (3,002). . .It was career victory No. 1,411 for Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who moved past Al Lopez into 26th place on the all-time list. . .Ronald Torreyes had 2-for-3 with a double in extending his hitting streak to seven games during which he is batting .538 with six runs, six doubles, one home run and four RBI in 26 at-bats to boost his season average to .298. . .Sanchez was the AL Player of the Week for the period ending last Sunday and is a candidate again for the period ending this Sunday. The rookie catcher had a slash line of .522/.604/1.250 with seven runs, three doubles, five home runs and nine RBI this past week.

A case of musical bases for the Yankees

That was quite a second inning for the Yankees Friday night. It is not every game that you see the entire lineup reach base in succession.

Yet that is what happened for the Yankees in expanding their 2-1 lead over the Orioles to 8-1 at the end of the second inning. After Starlin Castro flied out to center to lead off the inning, the next nine batters for the Yankees all reached base with six scoring.

Chase Headley, who was the designated hitter because Brian McCann returned home to Georgia to attend his grandmother’s funeral, started the merry-go-round with a single to right. Aaron Judge walked, and the Yanks got a huge break when Nolan Reimond, who had just entered the game in center field replacing Adam Jones (left hamstring strain), dropped a soft liner by Ronald Torreyes that loaded the bases.

Then came a single to left by Brett Gardner for two runs, a single to right by Jacoby Ellsbury for one and a double to right by Gary Sanchez for another. Vance Worley took over for battered starters Yovani Gallardo and gave up a single to right by Mark Teixeira for yet one more run. Didi Gregorius and Castro followed with singles that re-loaded the bases and completed the full turn in the lineup with all getting on base. The rally died when Headley fouled out to third and Judge struck out.

The outburst put Yankees starter Luis Cessa in a comfort zone. He had given up Manny Machado’s 30th home run with two down in the first. Teixeira trumped that with a two-run blast that reached the right-center field bleachers in the bottom of the inning.

Sloppy field produces sloppy play

At about 2:30 Wednesday morning, some 15 minutes after a game that started at 11:08 Tuesday night ended, Yankees manager Joe Girardi joked that perhaps his team and the Orioles should have just stayed on the field at Yankee Stadium and played another game. That might not have been a bad idea the way Wednesday turned out for the Yankees.

The game had the look very much of the second games of regular doubleheaders when managers have to rest some regulars. The lineup Girardi trotted on to the field Wednesday contained only two regulars, third baseman Alex Rodriguez and right fielder Nick Swisher, leaving the skipper with a bench of players who had combined for 10,294 career hits (including 1,387 home runs) and 24 All-Star Game selections.

Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner eventually entered the game as pinch hitters or runners and remained in the field, but they were not enough to prevent a 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Orioles that ended the Yankees’ six-game winning streak and ran their record in extra-inning games to a disturbing 4-8, including 1-3 against Baltimore. Those are the three of only four games the Orioles have taken from the Yankees in 17 meetings this year. They have one more game remaining, a rainout makeup (what else?) Thursday at Camden Yards. The weather forecast in Baltimore also calls for rain, as if these teams haven’t seen enough of that in the past fortnight.

The water-logged conditions at the Stadium resulted in some pretty sloppy play. The Yankees committed four of the six errors in the game, including two by shortstop Eduardo Nunez, who has 18 in 97 games. An error by September callup Brandon Laird in the second inning allowed a run to score.

A mix-up in communication between Rodriguez and Nunez in the third let a player reach base and turned into a run when Nolan Reimold homered later that inning. Nunez’s second boot ignited the Orioles’ rally in the 11th when they went ahead on a single by Mark Reynolds, an unlikely hero (1-for-6, 4 strikeouts). That was Baltimore’s only hit in 14 at-bats with runners in scoring position as they stranded 13 base runners.

It was another mixed-bag of an outing from A.J. Burnett, who gave up four runs and seven hits and threw three wild pitches in six-plus innings. Burnett’s wild pitch total for the season is up to 23, which ties the club record set by Tim Leary in 1990. Burnett is winless in his past four starts and has only one victory in 12 starts since July 4, a period in which his ERA has gone from 4.05 to 5.27.

On the plus side, A-Rod drove in more than one run for the first time in 18 games since June 25 with his first-inning double that plated two. Jesus Montero continued his impressive start with a two-run single off the right field auxiliary scoreboard in the fourth for the Yankees’ other runs. The rookie is batting .353 with two homers and five RBI in 17 at-bats over his five games.