The New York Yankees dropped their third straight home game, 5-4 to the Baltimore Orioles, and may lose All-Star first baseman Mark Teixeira with a wrist injury.
Wilson Betemit hit a solo home run and Nick Markakis had three hits and drove in two runs last night for the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees got back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning from Eric Chavez and Ichiro Suzuki to pull within 5-4. They were unable to push across the tying run in the ninth after a leadoff double by Nick Swisher and fell to 13-15 this season in games decided by one run. The Yankees have now lost eight of their past 11 games.
“You’d probably be more concerned if you were getting pounded,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters. “We’ve had a chance to win a lot of those 11 games. Eventually, if you play well, you’ll win those games.”
The Yankees fell to 60-42 and Girardi said after the game that Teixeira, who injured his right wrist diving for a ball in the fifth inning, will undergo further tests to determine the extent of the injury.
Teixeira said he originally hurt the wrist swinging through a pitch in the Yankees’ July 29 loss to Boston.
“It’s sore,” Teixeira, who said X-rays showed no broken bones, told reporters. “When I dove, I landed right on my glove and it tweaked it even more. I went back in the clubhouse, tried to swing a bat and couldn’t do it.”
The Orioles improved to 54-49 and pulled within 6 1/2 games of the first-place Yankees in the American League East.
Kendrys Morales of the Angels became the third player in major league history to hit home runs both right-handed and left-handed in the same inning, helping Los Angeles to a 15-8 win against the Texas Rangers yesterday.
The only other switch-hitters to hit homers from both sides of the plate in the same inning were Carlos Baerga for Cleveland in 1993 and Mark Bellhorn for the Chicago Cubs in 2002.
The Boston Red Sox extended their winning streak to three games with a 7-3 victory against the Detroit Tigers.
The Cincinnati Reds’ run of 10 straight wins ended with an 11-5 loss to the San Diego Padres. The Reds still have a three- game lead atop the National League Central over the Pittsburgh Pirates, who lost to the Chicago Cubs 14-4.
Scott Hairston hit two home runs, including one in the top of the 10th inning, as the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 8-7. The Giants remain tied atop the NL West with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2.
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