The Yankees lost to the Orioles in walk-off fashion on Tuesday night by a score of 6-5. Masahiro Tanaka made his first start back from two pulled hamstrings and wasn’t sharp, showing considerable signs of rust. He went just 4 ⅓ innings, allowing three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out five. Baltimore got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-run double by Joey Rickard to score Chris Davis and Trey Mancini. The Yankees struck back in the very next frame, however, with a three-run home run by Greg Bird off of Andrew Cashner to put the Yanks in front 3-2. Manny Machado took Tanaka deep in the next half inning to tie the game up at 3.
Bird drove in another run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly that scored Didi Gregorius to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead. Neil Walker added an insurance run with an RBI single to score Miguel Andújar later in the inning, making it 5-3. But Machado struck again in the bottom of the inning, hitting a two-run shot on a play that was ruled a home run after video review to determine the ball did in fact leave the yard before bouncing back onto the field, tying the game up at 5. After a scoreless eighth for both teams, Zach Britton held the Yankees at bay in the top of the ninth, setting the stage for a walk-off single by noted Yankee-killer Jonathan Schoop to score Caleb Joseph and secure the 6-5 victory for the Orioles.
The Yankees are now 59-31 on the year, trailing Boston by 3.5 games for the division lead. They’ll look to bounce back tomorrow night in the final game of this series in Baltimore, as Sonny Gray will get the start in an appearance that could determine his future in the Yankees’ rotation. Another bad start could cost him his job, as he is currently 5-7 with a 5.85 ERA. He’ll go up against Dylan Bundy who enters Wednesday’s contest with a 6-8 record and a 4.08 ERA. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM ET.