By the end of tonight’s third inning, the Orioles had scored enough runs to win any one of the Yankees past 33 games. It was ugly early, didn’t get any better late, and an 11-3 embarrassment at Camden Yards left the Yankees one loss away from their third five-game losing streak of the past five weeks. David Phelps lasted only 2.1 innings. In the course of seven outs, Phelps allowed nine hits and nine earned runs. Chris Davis hit his first of two home runs in the game — he’s the Major’s first player to reach 30 this season — and Ryan Flaherty chased Phelps with a three-run shot in the third. The Yankees chipped away, but chipping away wasn’t going to do much against that early Baltimore lead. Brett Gardner had two doubles, including one to drive in a run in the ninth, but that was pretty much the offensive high point. The real bright spot was Ivan Nova, who pitched well in relief, allowing two runs — both on the second Davis homer — through 5.2 innings. His season ERA is now lower than Phelps’.
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