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NEW YORK (AP) - Masahiro Tanaka made Adam Jones look silly in his first two at-bats. Still, the All-Star center fielder who is always at the ready with a not-so-safe opinion wasn’t all that impressed by the young Japanese pitcher.
Nick Markakis had an RBI single in the ninth inning against fill-in closer Shawn Kelley, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied for a 5-4 victory Wednesday night over the New York Yankees after wasting a three-run lead against Tanaka.
Jonathan Schoop hit a soaring three-run homer off Tanaka in the second inning of the right-hander’s first start at Yankee Stadium but Carlos Beltran and Kelly Johnson connected against Miguel Gonzalez in the bottom of the inning. Alfonso Soriano tied it with a groundout in the fourth.
“He just made a mistake, kept a slider up,” Schoop said. “I tried to make adjustments as he tried to elevate me, and then he made a mistake.”
The Orioles, who managed only seven hits while striking out 10 times against Tanaka in seven innings, lined four straight hits to center field off Kelley, pitching the ninth for the second time in place of the injured David Robertson.
Ryan Flaherty and Schoop each lined 0-2 pitches from Kelley (0-1) and Markakis singled in Flaherty and, after Delmon Young got his third hit of the night, Chris Davis made it 5-3 with a sacrifice fly.
“I felt like they did a good job getting the barrel to some good pitches,” Kelly said. “If I bounced some of those balls, maybe they’re swing and misses.”
Tommy Hunter gave up two hits to start the ninth and a sacrifice fly to former Oriole Brian Roberts before getting Yangervis Solarte to ground into a double play for his third save, finishing off the Orioles‘ second straight win over New York. Brian Matusz got two outs (1-0). Matusz has stranded 51 of 56 inherited runners dating to 2012, a major league best.
Jones came up to a smattering of boos before his first at-bat a day after he said, “They should let us have a shot to kick ‘em with our metal spikes,” about two fans who ran on the field Tuesday. The fans’ shenanigans got a huge cheer from the crowd.
There were many empty seats on a brisk night in the Bronx despite it being New York’s first chance to see the prized Tanaka, who signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees this winter - plus a $20 million rights fee paid to his team in Japan, Ratuken.
Tanaka warmed up to the bubbly “My Dear Fellow,” a song written for the 25-year-old pitcher by the Japanese group Momoiro Clover Z. He then received a rude welcome from Markakis. The Orioles leadoff batter grounded the first pitch of the game right back at Tanaka, hitting him on the foot before it deflected to shortstop Derek Jeter, who made the throw for the out.
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