NEW YORK (AP) — For all of Baltimore's big hits, and there were plenty of them, a little grounder caused the most trouble for the New York Yankees.
Rather than turn an early double play, Derek Jeter just missed a bouncer up the middle. The Orioles quickly took advantage, and went on to rout the Yankees 14-5 Tuesday.
"That was the game," losing pitcher Ivan Nova said. "I know he tried the best to make the double play, and unfortunately it didn't work out the way we wanted to."
Delmon Young, Adam Jones and Matt Wieters homered as the Orioles teed off for 20 hits.
After Nick Markakis led off the game with a single, Young followed with a grounder. Many shortstops in the majors could've made the play, but the 39-year-old Jeter couldn't quite get to it, and the ball skipped under his glove for a single.
"He dove. He did everything he could to make that play," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Chris Davis followed with a sacrifice fly, and Jones hit his first homer of the season for a 3-0 lead. The Orioles chased Nova with a three-run fourth that made it 7-1 and added four more in the sixth.
Young and Wieters each drove in three runs, and Jones delivered one of the Orioles' four doubles at a half-empty Yankee Stadium.
Everyone in Baltimore's starting lineup got a hit and scored a run. The Orioles posted their second-highest hit total in the Bronx, eclipsed only by a 22-hit outburst in 1986.
By the late innings, the game took on a spring training feel. The Yankees pulled several starters and the often-demanding crowd didn't even bother to boo while the Birds ran around the bases.
There was a big cheer, however, when two fans sprinted onto the grass and were tackled in the outfield by a wave of security personnel.
Jones said it was "stupid" for anyone to trespass on the field and said the punishment should be harsh.
"They should let us have a shot to kick 'em with our metal spikes," the All-Star center fielder said.