Joe Girardi might have put up more of a fight than the rest of the Yankees tonight. After Girardi got into an early shouting match with Orioles manager Buck Showalter, the Yankees had just five hits in a 4-2 loss that dropped the Yankees to three games behind the Rays in the wild card race. Alex Rodriguez hit a solo home run in the first inning, but Orioles starter Chris Tillman retired 14 in a row at one point and didn’t allow another runner into scoring position until Lyle Overbay’s lead-off homer in the eighth. Yankees starter CC Sabathia was undone by three doubles: Nick Markakis doubled and scored to tie the game in the first inning, J.J. Hardy doubled and put the Orioles in front in the fifth, and Manny Machado pushed the lead to 4-1 with a two-out double in the seventh (making Sabathia pay for his own throwing error). Sparks flew between the first and second innings when Girardi and Showalter got into a screaming match behind home plate, both being restrained by umpires and coaches.
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