- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - The New York Yankees had a three-run lead, their most consistent starter on the mound and a host of relievers ready to go.

Not long after that, a victory that seemed imminent had slipped away.

Nathan Eovaldi and the New York bullpen struggled over the final innings, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Yankees 6-5 on Friday night.

The defeat wasn’t the only downer of the night for New York. First baseman Mark Teixeira left in the third inning with a right knee injury and was taken to a hospital for an MRI.

“We have not heard anything from a doctor,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s something he’s dealt with before. For whatever reason, it started locking up tonight. We’ll get it checked out and we’ll know soon.”

Vying for his seventh straight win, Eovaldi took a 5-2 lead into the sixth inning. He got only one more out.

Matt Wieters hit a two-run double to chase the right-hander, and Jonathan Schoop doubled in the tying run against Kirby Yates.

“We were up by three runs in that situation and I just have to do a better job of getting quick outs and attacking the hitters,” Eovaldi said. “It was frustrating because I let them back in the game.”

Adam Jones led off the seventh with a single off Dellin Betances (2-3). A single by Hyun Soo Kim put runners at the corners before Manny Machado hit a dribbler up the third-base line that provided Chase Headley no option but to throw to first.

“I definitely thought we had it today,” Betances said. “Evo was doing an awesome job. He got into trouble that inning. But we still had a chance there. I like my chances when I’m in there. It just didn’t go my way.”

Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez and Austin Romine homered for the Yankees, who have lost seven of 10.

Mychal Givens (5-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and Zach Britton worked the ninth for his 16th save.

Orioles starter Chris Tillman gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, but his six-game winning streak remained intact.

Tillman allowed an infield hit and faced the minimum through three innings before laboring in the fourth.

Brett Gardner walked before Beltran and Rodriguez homered in succession, both on 3-1 pitches.

After Chris Davis connected in the bottom half to cut the deficit to 3-2, Romine led off the fifth with a drive into the seats in left field.

ENEMY TERRITORY

Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher was in attendance because his wife, known professionally as Queen V, sang the national anthem. Cowher sat in the front row behind the screen, wearing an Orioles hat. Yet when he was shown on the big screen scoreboard, many of the fans booed.

SLUMP BUSTERS

Yankees: Gardner snapped an 0-for-24 skid with a first-inning single. … Before his home run, Rodriguez was 3 for 25 since coming off the DL on May 26. … Teixeira is in a 1-for-18 slump.

Orioles: Davis was 0 for 15 before connecting.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: INF Dustin Ackley (shoulder) had season-ending surgery Friday. Girardi expects Ackley to return for spring training next year. … C Brian McCann (hyper-extended elbow) was held out of the lineup for a second straight day though Girardi said he would have been available if needed.

Orioles: Setup man Darren O’Day was placed on the 15-day DL with a right hamstring strain. … RHP Yovani Gallardo (shoulder) felt no lingering pain after his first rehabilitation start Thursday. He will next throw 75-85 pitches on Tuesday, likely for Triple-A Norfolk.

UP NEXT

Yankees: Ivan Nova (3-3, 3.98 ERA) looks to snap a two-game losing streak on Saturday. Two of his three career complete games have come against the Orioles.

Orioles: Tyler Wilson (2-4, 3.83) tries to get back on track after going 0-3 with a 5.30 ERA in his last three starts.


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