After Kevin Gausman and Masahiro Tanaka dueled to a draw through eight shutout innings, the Baltimore Orioles finally broke through against the Yankees’ bullpen.
Pedro Alvarez drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, and the Orioles squeezed out a 1-0 victory Thursday.
A day after getting shut out by New York, Baltimore managed only five hits in eight innings against Tanaka. Gausman did even better, limiting New York to three hits through the eighth.
“Both teams pitched very well,” Alvarez said. “Our guys kept us in the game on the mound. When a guy goes out like Gausman and pitches the way he does, you want to get him the W.”
Kim Hyun Soo began the Baltimore 10th with an infield hit off Johnny Barbato (1-2). After Kim took third on a single by Jonathan Schoop, Nolan Reimold pinch ran for Kim and Andrew Miller relieved Barbato.
Alvarez hit a soft fly to center, and Reimold easily beat Jacoby Ellsbury’s throw to the plate.
Zach Britton (2-1) gave up a leadoff walk in the 10th and then struck out the next three batters.
New York managed only four hits and fell to 0-6-1 in its last seven road series dating to September. Manager Joe Girardi was ejected by third base umpire Chris Guccione in the middle of the fourth after arguing about a balk call.
“I was hot,” Girardi said. “I don’t understand why it’s not called. It makes no sense. And I don’t understand why I’m thrown out walking to ask him a question.”
New York pitched well and played solid defense. One facet, however, was severely lacking.
“We need to get more consistent offensively,” Girardi said.
In the top of the ninth, Starlin Castro singled and reached second base on a wild pitch by Britton. Castro was then picked off by catcher Matt Wieters.
Wieters came close to winning it in the bottom half. He hit a high drive to right that Dustin Ackley plucked at the top of his jump, and doubled up pinch runner Joey Rickard.
“Was able to time the jump and luckily it was close enough for me to catch it,” Ackley said.
Gausman walked none and struck out four. Tanaka walked one and fanned seven.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Gausman said. “I kept telling myself in the dugout, ‘He’s not going to give in, I’m not going to give in.’”
Tanaka had given up exactly two earned runs in each of his first five starts, but in this one the right-hander permitted only two runners to reach second base.
“At the start, I wasn’t feeling that good,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “The key thing for today was that I think I was able to make good adjustments during the game. Once the adjustments were made, I was able to locate balls better and throw my offspeed stuff a little bit better.”
Gausman allowed only two hits over the first six innings, an infield single by Aaron Hicks in the third and a leadoff double by Castro in the fourth.
The right-hander retired 10 straight batters before Mark Teixeira singled with one out in the seventh. Carlos Beltran followed by bouncing into a double play.