- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Next year, CC Sabathia might prefer to skip pitching on his birthday.

Sabathia turned 36 on Thursday and still has never won on his special day, with the New York Yankees losing to Chris Tillman and the depleted Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Thursday.

Sabathia slipped to 0-3 with a 6.99 ERA in five career starts on his birthday. The big lefty also stumbled on the mound while trying to throw a pitch and the ball skittered onto the grass, resulting in a balk.

“I just fell. I’m sure I’ll be seeing that all over here for a while,” he said.

The Yankees had won four in a row as they try to get closer in the AL wild-card race. They’re 4-3 on a homestand that ends with three games against the NL West-leading Giants - San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner starts Friday night vs. Masahiro Tanaka.

“I think you have to look at it, you took three of four from a good Baltimore team, and you have to move on,” manager Joe Girardi said. “San Francisco’s going to be no easy task.”

“You can’t have a letdown because you lost today. You got to get yourself back up tomorrow and know you’re facing a really good pitcher.”

Tillman (14-2) tied for the major league lead in wins, pitching four-hit ball for seven innings. The Orioles had lost four straight overall, costing them their lead in the AL East.

Baltimore slugger Chris Davis, shortstop Manny Machado and manager Buck Showalter returned from a stomach bug that’s hit the clubhouse.

But Orioles center fielder Adam Jones didn’t play because of back spasms, catcher Matt Wieters missed his third consecutive game after being hit by a pitch in the foot and rookie outfielder Joey Rickard sat out with an injured thumb.

Tillman matched White Sox ace Chris Sale for the most victories in the majors. He won his fourth straight start, allowing exactly one run in seven innings over each outing.

Tillman gave up three hits and two walks to the first eight batters, capped by Starlin Castro’s RBI single. The tall right-hander then set down 16 of his final 17 hitters.

Brad Brach pitched the eighth and Zach Britton closed for his 30th save in as many chances.

J.J. Hardy grounded a two-out, two-run single off the glove of shortstop Didi Gregorius in the first inning, and Jonathan Schoop sliced a two-out, two-run double in the seventh.

“He didn’t give up a lot of hard-hit balls and you look up and there’s four runs on the board,” Girardi said.

BANNER BULLPEN

Yankees relievers have pitched 31 straight scoreless innings, the team’s best bullpen streak since a string of 37 1/3 shutout innings in 1998, STATS said. RHP Chad Green took over for Sabathia and didn’t give up a run in 2 1/3 innings. Green was recalled before the game from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and RHP Nick Goody was optioned to the minor league club.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: 3B Chase Headley didn’t start for the second straight game with an excused absence to be with his ailing child. He pinch hit in the eighth and grounded out.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (2-2, 3.70) faces Cleveland at Camden Yards. The 23-year-old made his first major league start last weekend and gave up three home runs in 3 1/3 innings at Tampa Bay.

Yankees: The Giants visit Yankee Stadium for the first time since 2013. New York Tanaka (7-2, 3.15) is 4-0 in his past six starts. He has never pitched vs. San Francisco. Bumgarner (10-5, 2.12) gets his first look at the Yankees.


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