The Yankees ended an ugly weekend in the worst way possible, with an 8-7 loss to the Orioles that saw them blow several chances to pull out a win — including when Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton came up empty to end it.
Austin Romine and Didi Gregorius opened the 12th on Sunday with walks before Brett Gardner reached on a bunt that reliever Brad Brach mishandled to load the bases with no outs. But Judge then grounded a comebacker that Brach turned into a double play and the struggling Stanton ended it with his fifth strikeout in an 0-for-7 performance.
So in addition to seeing players lost to injuries over the course of the weekend, the Yankees also dropped three of four to a Baltimore team that entered the series with a five-game losing streak.
The Yankees also blew a five-run lead.
The Orioles went ahead for good when Adam Warren gave up a two-out RBI single to Craig Gentry after an 11-pitch at-bat.
That came after the Yankees had a great chance to win the game in the 10th against ex-Yankee southpaw Richard Bleier, who threw three shutout innings.
Adam Jones lost Didi Gregorius’ fly ball and it fell for a one-out double. Brett Gardner followed with a fly ball to left that a lunging Gentry barely managed to catch up to. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter elected to walk Judge intentionally to get to the struggling Stanton and Stanton grounded to third on the first pitch to end the inning.
Stanton heard boos again, and Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery wasn’t much better. The lefty was staked to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and didn’t make it out of the fifth.
He was replaced by Domingo German, who stabilized the game briefly before giving up a go-ahead, two-run homer to Anthony Santander in the seventh.
The day started well for the Yankees, who were once again using a makeshift lineup due to their recent rash of injuries.
They scored five runs in the bottom of the first off Mike Wright Jr.
Gardner and Judge started the rally with consecutive singles and after Stanton struck out for the first time, Neil Walker hit a dribbler in front of the mound.
Wright probably had a chance to get Gardner at the plate, but instead fired to second to try to get Judge, but his throw pulled Manny Machado off the bag.
A walk by Tyler Austin set up a two-run single by Miguel Andujar. Romine followed with a run-scoring single before Ronald Torreyes nearly hit one out to left, but it went for an RBI double, ending Wright’s afternoon.
Pedro Araujo took over for Wright and whiffed Gardner to end the inning.
The Orioles began their comeback in the second.
Tim Beckham led off with a double to left and Santander followed with a fly ball that dropped in front of Jace Peterson in left. Third-base coach Bobby Dickerson tried to hold Beckham, but Beckham raced home and Santander went to second.
But Montgomery stranded Santander at third, getting Manny Machado to pop out to short for the last out.
Montgomery gave up another run in the third and then allowed a two-run homer to Danny Valencia that made it 5-4. German, recently recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, came on to retire the final two batters of the inning.
The Yankees extended the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Peterson reached on a two-out infield single when Machado took too long to throw to first. Peterson was initially called out, but a review showed he beat the throw.
With runners on the corners, Romine punched a single down the right-field line to make it 6-4.
German, a strike away from getting out of the sixth unscathed, surrendered an RBI single to right to Machado that knocked in Gentry.
With two outs in the seventh, he grooved a 3-0 pitch to Santander, who hit his first career homer, giving Baltimore its first lead.
Romine helped get German off the hook with a two-out RBI single to right off Darren O’Day in the bottom of the inning.
But with one on and two out in the 12th, Warren gave up a single to Santander and then the game-winner to Gentry.