NEW YORK – Following his latest failure, Mark Teixeira shook his head, a look of resignation plastered across his face. Soon, Robinson Cano followed suit, shortly after looking befuddled after his second strikeout.
Alex Rodriguez dispensed with any attempt at hiding his frustration. After his double play grounder capped off another quiet inning for the Yankees, the slugger pulled a piece of gum out of his mouth, and slammed it into the turf. He muttered all the way back to the dugout.
The Yankees’ 5-0 loss to the Orioles offered up plenty of opportunities to groan.
All through April, the Yankees leaned upon its offense to salvage lackluster pitching performances. But in taking a series loss to the Orioles, the Yankees managed just three runs in three games.
The much maligned middle of the order — home to the underachieving bats of Teixeira, Cano and Rodriguez — provided three singles and three strikeouts. The rest of the lineup accounted for little else.
As a group, the Yankees struck out nine times while failing to draw a single walk against Orioles starter Jake Arrieta, who dominated in his eight shutout innings. They failed to advance a runner into scoring position, offering no support to right-hander Ivan Nova, whose 15-game winning streak came to an end.
Nova allowed five runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings though he had dodged trouble while working into the seventh. He had allowed just two runs to that point, good enough for manager Joe Girardi to leave him in the game despite a pitch count nearing 100.
Nick Markakis made the Yankees pay for the decision. His solo shot triggered a three-run outburst that eventually knocked out Nova. He took the mound looking to tie Rogers Clemens’ franchise record 16-game win streak set in 2001. But with no help from his offense, Nova left the mound in line to take his first loss since June 3, 2011.