Swisher’s homer denies Orioles sweep of Yankees

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The resurgent Orioles, with the worst record in the AL but gaining fast on Seattle, fell just short of their first five-game winning streak since June 2009. They are 21-14 under Buck Showalter, who managed the Yankees from 1992-95.

“I’m proud of our guys. This one stings a bit right now, but you can’t think of what could’ve been,” Showalter said.

New York got a solid start from rookie Ivan Nova and ended a three-game skid that followed a season-best eight-game winning streak. The Yankees are the only team in the majors without a four-game losing streak this year.

New York has never been on the wrong end of a three-game sweep in its new stadium, which opened last season. The only time the Yankees were swept this year was in a two-game series May 19-20 against Tampa Bay.

“That was the one thing I didn’t want to give up — a home run,” Uehara said through a translator. “I’m not feeling good about it.”

Joba Chamberlain (3-4) struck out two in a hitless ninth. Slumping shortstop Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 with a throwing error, dropping his batting average to .262.

Playing before an unusually sparse crowd, the Yankees finished 7-3 on their longest homestand of the season. They were 4-3 during a seven-game stretch that included six day games.

New York has 22 games remaining, 15 on the road.

With the Orioles trailing 1-0, Adam Jones beat out an infield single to open the fifth. Turned loose on 3-0, Wieters hit an opposite-field drive that sailed wind-aided deep into the left-field stands.

Bergesen held the Yankees to three hits through six innings. Curtis Granderson drew a leadoff walk in the third and stole second base. He scored from third on a one-out double to left by Gardner, who was cut down trying to stretch it into a triple. Felix Pie started a crisp relay.

NOTES: Girardi said he foresees a platoon of Lance Berkman and Marcus Thames at designated hitter the rest of the way. Berkman played first base Wednesday, with Mark Teixeira getting a semi-rest as the DH. … Thames hit New York’s other game-ending homer this season, May 17 against Boston. … The Yankees have won 12 of 16 at home. … Baltimore wound up two outs shy of winning six consecutive road games for the first time since 2004.

 

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