Phelps struggles in Yankees' 11-3 loss to Orioles

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm •  Published: June 29, 2013
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Playing without several offensive stars, the New York Yankees have been winning by scratching out a few runs and getting solid pitching.

When the latter half of that combination fails, the Yankees are hard-pressed to stay competitive.

Such was the case Saturday night, when David Phelps yielded a career-high nine runs in an 11-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

Phelps (5-5) was gone before the end of the third inning with New York trailing 9-0. The right-hander allowed nine hits and two walks in 2 1-3 innings, leaving the offensively challenged Yankees with too big a deficit to erase.

"I don't care what our offense is doing. If you give up nine runs, it's a big hole to dig yourself out of," Phelps said. "The last four or five games I've gotten good run support. It's frustrating to go out there and not give them a chance to do it."

Playing for much of the season without Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, New York began the day ranked 26th in batting average and 23rd in runs among the 30 major league teams. They got 11 hits against the Orioles, but left 10 on base.

"I thought we swung the bats pretty good tonight. Maybe that's a good sign," manager Joe Girardi said. "Maybe we're coming out of it a little bit. We hit a lot of balls hard tonight."

Perhaps, but the Yankees have lost 12 of 17 to fall within four games of .500 (42-38) for the first time since April 26 (13-9). In addition, New York has dropped four straight in Baltimore during a single season for the first time since 1982.

"You just have to keep fighting," said Robinson Cano, who had two hits. "Hopefully, sooner or later, we'll turn it around and start winning games so we can get closer. We got beat tonight. It's not like we making errors. There was not much you could do."

Chris Davis homered twice for the Orioles to raise his major-league leading total to 30. He hit a three-run drive in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the sixth, his third multihomer game of the season. The five RBIs gave him 79, second-most in the big leagues and just six short of his career high.

Davis is the first player in Orioles history to hit 30 home runs before the end of June. With one more long ball in the next 14 games, Davis will break the franchise record for home runs before the All-Star break, set in 1996 by Brady Anderson.

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