BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis hit a two-run homer to back a strong pitching effort by Kevin Gausman, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-1 Sunday night in a game called by rain after 4 1/2 innings.
The Orioles scored all their runs in the fourth inning and 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.
Gausman allowed four hits, struck out two and walked none in his first major league complete game. The right-hander retired 12 of the final 13 players he faced to improve to 3-1 lifetime against the Yankees.
Brett Gardner hit a leadoff homer for New York, 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.
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.
In the top of the fifth, the grounds crew positioned itself behind the rolled up tarp in anticipation of a rainstorm. As a fierce wind swirled around Camden Yards, lifting hot dog wrappers high in the air, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis fell over after struggling to catch a knuckleballing fly for the second out.
Despite being 47-46, third-place New York started the day just four games behind the division-leading Orioles in the AL East.
“Not very often are you one game over .500 and only a few games back,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Well, the Yankees are now at 47-47 and five games out at the All-Star break.
NOTES: Gardner has three career leadoff HRs, two this season. … The Orioles formally put RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) on the 15-day disabled list to make room for Gausman, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. … The Yankees recalled RHP Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre and optioned OF Zoilo Almonte to the same club. … Baltimore’s Manny Machado singled in the second inning to reach base for a 16th consecutive game, tying his career high.