Gerrit Cole can’t hold his own against Orioles, Yankees struggles continue

BALTIMORE — The scorching days of summer have arrived for the Yankees.

They’re dealing with an overworked, injury-worn bullpen and a rotation that hasn’t matched its first-half success.

The result was three losses in four games after the All-Star break, as they fell to the Orioles, 6-3, on Saturday night at Camden Yards.

Gerrit Cole got a three-run lead in the fourth inning, but Baltimore caught him for two runs in the bottom of the fifth and he faltered again in a two-run seventh, in which the Orioles took the lead.

It didn’t help that the Yankees didn’t score after the fourth inning, which was stopped by four different Orioles relievers.

The Yankees remain firmly in control of the AL East, but have lost eight of their last 12 games and are now just 1 ¹/₂ ahead of the Astros for the AL’s best record, leaving the manager General Brian Cashman with work. to be done before the August 2 trade deadline.

Commenting on the 4-8 record since July 9, Cole said: “I didn’t realize it. It’s not very good.

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The ace added that a lull is to be expected at some point.

“It’s probably a bit of a ’50-50′ game where we came out on top early didn’t go our way [lately]” Cole said. “You constantly try to dodge and dodge adversity, but at some point you go through it. It’s just been too long a season. The way we keep reacting and showing ourselves is going to show us what we are done.

The Yankees appeared on their way to a second straight win early on, but Cole gave up a pair of runs with two outs in the fifth.

Partly because the bullpen is in terrible shape, Cole stayed in the game until the seventh, despite throwing 112 pitches on a scorching night, with a temperature of 97 degrees on the first pitch.

Michael King was lost on Friday to a broken elbow, Wandy Peralta is dealing with a minor back injury and Aroldis Chapman has been pitching the previous two days, so when Cole came off manager Aaron Boone said that it was at Clarke Schmidt after Albert Abreu and Shane Greene had both been used.

In the seventh inning, with the Yankees leading 3-2, Cole gave up a brace to Ramon Urias. Jorge Mateo followed up and singled to right center to level the scpore and end Cole’s night.

Abreu came in and popped a pitch to first base that DJ LeMahieu couldn’t handle. Mateo finished third.

Matt Carpenter celebrates his home run against the Orioles.

Cedric Mullins followed with a sacrifice fly that tagged Mateo to give Baltimore its first lead of the night.

Greene, who was just called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace the injured King, gave up a two-run homer to Urias in the eighth to give Baltimore a cushion.

It was a surprising turn after the Yankees took an early lead. LeMahieu started the game with a field hit and Aaron Judge followed with an RBI double down the left field line from right-hander Jordan Lyles.

Matt Carpenter opened the second inning with his 14th homer of the season to make it 2-0.

The judge added an RBI single on the fourth, the Yankees’ only hit of the night with runners in scoring position; they went 1 for 14.

Aaron Judge leaves the field after the Yankees’ loss to the Orioles.

Cole, meanwhile, went four scoreless innings before faltering in the fifth.

He got the first two outs of the inning, but then allowed three straight hits, as the Orioles scored two runs to get back in the game.

The Yankees had a chance to add to their lead in the top of the seventh when Anthony Rizzo doubled over the lead and Gleyber Torres walked, but Josh Donaldson double-played and Carpenter finished second to end the inning.

In the ninth, LeMahieu reached an error from first baseman Ryan Mountcastle and Judge followed with his fourth hit of the night.

Rizzo failed and Torres kicked a fly ball down the right field line, where Anthony Santander made a nice power catch.

Donaldson struck seeking to end it.

“I think it’s inevitable, but we’re not happy,” Kyle Higashioka said of the recent streak.

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