BALTIMORE – It’s hot summer days for the Yankees.
They are dealing with a tired and exhausted injury team and a rotation that is unmatched by their success in the first half.
The result was three losses in four games coming out of the All-Star break, falling to the Orioles, 6-3, on Saturday night at Camden Yards.
Gerrit Cole had a lead three times in the fourth inning, but Baltimore got it twice in the bottom of the fifth inning and faltered again in two seventh innings, with the Orioles taking the lead.
It didn’t help that the Yankees didn’t score after the fourth inning, and were shut out by four different Oriole waterers.
The Yankees are still firmly in control of the AL East, but they have lost eight of their last 12 games and are now only 1¹/₂ a match on the Astros for the best record in the AL, leaving General Manager Brian Cashman with some work to do before the 2 trading deadline. August.
“I didn’t realize it,” Cole said of the 4-8 record since July 9. “It’s not very good.”
The ace added that calm was expected at some point.
“It’s possible that some ’50-50′ games where we got to the top early didn’t go our way [lately]Cole said. “You constantly try to dodge and avoid adversity, but at some point, you go through it. It’s a very long season. How we keep responding and showing up will show us what we made.”
The Yankees appeared on their way to a second straight win early on, but Cole gave up a pair of runs for fifth.
Partly because the Bulls were in poor shape, Cole stayed in the game until the seventh, despite throwing 112 shots on a steamy night, with a 97-degree heat in the first court.
Michael King lost on Friday with an elbow fracture, Andy Peralta has a slight back injury and Aroldis Chapman has lost the past two days, so when Cole came out, manager Aaron Boone said he slipped back to Clark Schmidt after Albert Abreu and Shane Green. Both have been used.
In the seventh inning, with the Yankees leading 3-2, Cole gave up a two-way lead in favor of Ramon Urillas. Jorge Matteo followed and rushed one to the right midfield to tie the score and end Cole’s night.
Abreu came in and jumped short to first base which DJ LeMahieu couldn’t handle. Mathieu reached third place.
He was followed by Cedric Mullins’ sacrifice fly that scored Matthew to give Baltimore the first lead of the night.
Greene, who had just been called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace the injured King, gave up two runs at home to Urias in eighth to give Baltimore a cushion.
It was a surprising turn after the Yankees took a quick lead. LeMahieu led the match with a ground kick and Aaron Judge followed it up with an RBI double down the left field line from Jordan Lyles right.
Matt Carpenter opened the second half with his 14th home of the season to make it 2-0.
The judge added an RBI song in the fourth, the Yankees’ only hit of the night with runners at the Recording Center; They went 1 for 14.
Meanwhile, Cole passed four goalless rounds before faltering in the fifth.
He got his first two innings, but then gave up three hits in a row, as the Orioles scored a pair of kicks to get back into the game.
The Yankees had a chance to consolidate their lead in seventh place when Anthony Rizzo doubled the lead and Jabber Torres walked, but Josh Donaldson went into double play and stopped Carpenter for second to finish the inning.
At nine, LeMahieu got fouled by first base officer Ryan Mountcastle and Judge followed him with a fourth hit of the night.
Rizzo made a stop and Torres hoisted a fly ball down the right field line, with Anthony Santander holding him well.
Donaldson came out looking forward to getting it over with.
“I think it’s inevitable, but we’re not satisfied,” Kyle Higashioka said of the latest stretch.