Arrieta shuts down Yankees, O's send Nova to loss
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees couldn't help Ivan Nova preserve his winning streak this time.
Jake Arrieta was too tough.
Arrieta pitched eight innings of five-hit ball Wednesday night, and the Baltimore Orioles ended Nova's 15-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Yankees.
"Man, he was really good," Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said of Arrieta. "He had everything working."
Matt Wieters homered and hit an RBI double, Nick Markakis also connected and Baltimore earned a rare series win in New York.
The Yankees are 30-12 against Baltimore since the start of 2010 — including a three-game sweep in early April.
But they dropped two of three to the Orioles in the Bronx, only the fourth series of three or more games that New York has lost to Baltimore at Yankee Stadium in the last five years.
Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 4 Wednesday but the rest of the club went 3 for 27. No Yankees player touched second base. Baltimore held the Yankees to a .183 average (17 for 93) and three runs and three extra-base hits in the series.
"We're just not swinging the bats very well right now," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Yankees third baseman Eric Chavez left the game during his at-bat in the bottom of the fifth because of a whiplash injury and possible concussion. He was hurt in the top of the inning diving to try and stop J.J. Hardy's double down the line, one of the Orioles' six extra-base hits.
Chavez went to the hospital for tests and will not travel with the team to Kansas City late Wednesday.
"When he dove, when he came off the field, he said felt a little dizzy but he said he felt all right. ... Then when he was going through his at-bat he got dizzy," Girardi said.
With Brett Gardner on the disabled list and Nick Swisher ailing, the Yankees will probably have to make a move before Thursday's game.
Nova (3-1) was one win away from matching Roger Clemens' team record of 16 straight winning decisions. Since last June 10, Nova made 20 starts without a loss. The right-hander benefited this season from strong run support, though: In his last start he gave up six runs but the Yankees rallied for a 7-6 victory over Detroit.