Yankees’s win streak ends on Orioles’ walk-off

BALTIMORE — Though the Yankees have exceeded the expectations of pretty much everyone, it’s not always going to go perfectly.

They were reminded of that Thursday, when they gave back a two-run lead in the sixth then saw Anthony Santander send them home with a game-winning, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth of a 9-6 loss to the orioles

And the most significant loss may be of Chad Green, who left with right forearm discomfort.

It ended a four-game winning streak and got the Yankees (28-10) to double-digit losses, the last team in the majors to get there.

The Yankees tied the game on a two-out RBI single by DJ LeMahieu in the top of the ninth, but with the bases loaded, Giancarlo Stanton lined out to center to end the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Austin Hays reached on a throwing error by Josh Donaldson and moved to second on a one-out single by Trey Mancini before Santander ended it with his blast to left off Lucas Luetge, who hadn’t pitched in a week.

What bothered the Yankees nearly more than the loss was the eighth-inning ejection of Anthony Rizzo, which played a role in the outcome.

Rizzo led off the top of the eighth by striking out, but he believed home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez missed the first two pitches of the at-bat.

Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo, right, argues with home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez.

When he got back to the dugout, Rizzo said he yelled, “Same pitch,” when the first pitch to Stanton was called a ball.

“I’m leading off an inning with one of the best players in the world hitting behind me, and I should be in a 2-0 count there,” Rizzo said. “If that warrants an ejection, then you better keep your mouth shut in this league. We’ll be ejected left and right.”

Rizzo was replaced at first base by LeMahieu, who moved over from third, as Donaldson, who had entered as a pinch hitter, went to third. And Joey Gallo took Rizzo’s spot in the lineup after he was tossed.

LeMahieu was unable to come up with Donaldson’s bounced throw on Hays’ leadoff grounder in the bottom of the ninth, and the Yankees didn’t recover.

The Yankees seemed prepared to take the lead earlier in the inning after LeMahieu singled in Kiner-Falefa, and LeMahieu moved to second when the throw from Santander in right got away from Robinson Chirinos at the plate.

Aaron Judge walked to bring up Gallo. A walk to him loaded the bases for Stanton, who lined out to Cedric Mullins in center.

“I just needed it in the gap a little bit,” Stanton said. “It went straight to him.”

In the sixth, Kiner-Falefa delivered a two-run single with two outs to snap a 3-3 tie.

But Miguel Castro replaced Jordan Montgomery to start the bottom of the inning and immediately got into trouble.

He walked Santander, and Jorge Mateo reached on a catcher’s interference by Kyle Higashioka.

Tyler Nevin singled to center to score Santander and cut the Yankees’ lead to one.

Green replaced Castro with runners on the corners and no one out and fanned Chirinos. But Mullins, pinch hitting for Ryan McKenna, tied the game with a sacrifice fly to deep center.

Another pinch hitter, Rougned Odor, followed with a hit to drive in Nevin and give Baltimore a 6-5 lead.

Facing Austin Hays, Green was removed with right forearm discomfort.

Jonathan Loaisiga came in and after walking Hays and Ramon Urias, struck out Trey Mancini on three pitches to keep it a one-run game.

The loss came after the Yankees finally provided Montgomery with some run support.

Starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery #47 of the New York Yankees throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter.
Jordan Montgomery’s recent struggles with home runs continued on Thursday.
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With runners on second and third in the top of the first, Stanton drilled a 114 mph shot to left — and straight toward the new Death Valley at Camden Yards.

The ball hit the bottom of the wall, driving in Judge and Rizzo, but Stanton was left with a loud single.

Given a rare, early two-run lead, Montgomery allowed a two-run shot to Chirinos in the second and another run in the third.

Despite the loss, Stanton said the Yankees are in “a good spot” as they head back to The Bronx to play the White Sox again, holding a five-game lead over the Rays in the AL East.

Boone called the 6-2 road trip, “pretty good. We just didn’t finish it off [Thursday]”


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