Chris Davis hit a two-run homer after replacing an injured Manny Machado, and the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles beat the Yankees, 11-3, Monday night to drop New York a season-high seven games out of first place.
After Davis put the Orioles ahead in the fifth inning, Nelson Cruz connected with a man on in the seventh and Jonathan Schoop added a three-run shot in the eighth to turn the game into a rout. Cruz now has 31 homers, tied for the major league lead with rookie Jose Abreu of the White Sox.
Machado, a 2013 All-Star third baseman, sprained his right knee in the third inning while hitting a broken-bat grounder to shortstop. He dropped on his back in the batter’s box, and needed help getting off the field.
Machado will be re-examined today to determine the severity of the injury, and whether a stint on the disabled list is necessary.
Davis entered for Machado and came up in the fifth against Chris Capuano (1-3) with New York leading, 3-2. With the count full, Davis hit a drive over the right-field scoreboard for his 21st home run.
Bud Norris (10-7) gave up three runs and five hits in five innings, and the Orioles won despite committing three errors — including two on one wacky play.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the top of the second inning, Carlos Beltran walked and took third on a single by Chase Headley. With Martin Prado at the plate, both runners broke. As Headley got caught in a rundown, Beltran strayed off third. He headed home after Machado got the ball, and the third baseman’s throw hit Beltran in the helmet. After Beltran crossed the plate, Headley came around to score after the ball bounced off the backstop.
Beltran and Headley received credit for a double steal, and Machado and Norris received errors on the play — Norris for dropping the ball in a desperate bid to tag the sliding Headley at the plate.
New York got one hit after the second inning, a double by Derek Jeter.
Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (shoulder) will come off the DL and start Wednesday. Also, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (right elbow) threw from 90 feet 50 times Monday. Manager Joe Girardi said the next step for Tanaka will be throwing 120 times.
Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy missed a second straight game with a sprained left thumb.
Yankees: Rookie RHP Shane Greene makes his second career start against Baltimore. On July 12, he blanked the Orioles on four hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Orioles: LHP Wei-Yin Chen vies for his 13th win, a single-season career high. He’s 2-3 with a 5.76 ERA in eight starts against New York.