Phil Hughes coughed up a bunch of runs early, and the Yankees winning streak came to an end with a 5-3 loss to the Orioles this afternoon. Hughes wasn’t supposed to pitch today, but he was bumped into the job after Andy Pettitte came down with back spasms. Hughes got only nine outs and allowed nine hits. A leadoff double led to a first-inning run, and Hughes went on to allow home runs to Ryan Flaherty, Nick Markakis and Nolan Reimold in the second, third and fourth innings. David Phelps was terrific in relief — four scoreless innings with one hit and six strikeouts — but the damage was done. The Yankees temporarily tied the game with two runs in the second inning, but after Hughes let the Orioles back in front, the Yankees managed only one more run on a Vernon Wells home run. In a last-ditch effort to come back, the Yankees used Brennan Boesch to pinch hit for Jayson Nix in the eighth inning. Boesch struck out, stranding the tying run at first base, and the Yankees had to play the ninth inning with Robinson Cano at shortstop and Francisco Cervelli at second.
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