- Associated Press - Monday, July 14, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - When he tells his kids about his first complete game in the majors, Kevin Gausman will have a heck of a story to share - if he skips the part about the game being called by rain after 4 1/2 innings.

Chris Davis hit a two-run homer, Gausman allowed one run in five innings and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-1 Sunday night in a game shortened by rain.

“It’s great,” Gausman said. “Complete game in 78 pitches. I think that’s got to be a record.”

The Orioles scored all their runs in the fourth inning before Gausman (4-2) got three straight outs in the fifth. After Steve Pearce drew a walk in the bottom half, the rain came.


The game was finally called after a delay of 2 hours, 22 minutes.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “If the game would have been 10 minutes slower, we would never have got to that spot. It’s unfortunate.”

Baseball rules deem that a game is official if the home team is winning after the top of the fifth. Girardi would like to see that change.

“My preference would be that you come back and finish it,” he said. “We’re coming back, why don’t we finish it? It would be changing what they’ve done in the past, but I think it would be something to look at.”

Gausman gave up four hits, struck out two and walked none. The right-hander retired 12 of the final 13 players he faced to improve to 3-1 lifetime against the Yankees.

Things didn’t look so promising after Gausman gave up a leadoff homer to Brett Gardner, but the Yankees didn’t get a runner past first base the rest of the way.

New York starter Chase Whitley (4-3) gave up three runs and five hits in 3 2-3 innings. He had been relegated to the bullpen after going 0-3 with a 14.81 ERA in his last three starts.

Gardner gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead with his ninth home run - a career high - on the fourth pitch of the game. It was the second homer allowed by Gausman this season, the first in 27 innings.

“I knew right away that it was a bad pitch location. It was right down the middle,” Gausman said. “Honestly, I think it kind of woke me up a little bit.”

Baltimore loaded the bases with two outs in the second before rookie Jonathan Schoop hit a routine fly ball to center.

Whitley struck out two in a perfect third, but couldn’t get out of the fourth. Nelson Cruz walked and Davis snapped an 0-for-13 skid with his 15th homer, an opposite-field drive to left. J.J. Hardy followed with a double and Schoop chased Whitley with a two-out RBI single.

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