Final Score: Baltimore 6, New York 1
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 and slugged one of four Baltimore home runs that powered the Orioles to a 6-1 win over the New York Yankees.
Both Pearce and Nelson Cruz had two-run shots and Adam Jones delivered a solo blast prior to J.J. Hardy ending an 87-game homerless drought by connecting in the eighth inning. Jones and Hardy also collected a pair of hits in the victory.
Bud Norris (7-5) was limited to just five innings by groin tightness, but held the Yankees to a run on three hits to help Baltimore avenge Friday's 5-3 loss to New York in the opener of this series, in which the Orioles blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth.
"These guys don't hang their heads," said Norris of his teammates. "It was a tough game last night. But that being said, we come out the next day and we win again and we have a chance to win the series."
Three of the Orioles' homers were served up by Vidal Nuno (1-4), who allowed just three other hits over his 6 1/3 innings of work but was reached for five runs -- four of which were earned.
Mark Teixeira homered to account for the Yankees' lone run. Brian Roberts finished with two hits in the loss, which ended New York's four-game winning streak.
Jones got Baltimore's power display underway by walloping Nuno's full-count pitch well into the left-field seats with two outs in the first inning. He drew a walk off the Yankee lefty in his next at-bat, with Cruz following by belting his 23rd homer of the season to stake Baltimore to a 3-0 lead in the fourth.
Teixeira got the Yankees on the board with a towering drive into the home bullpen in the bottom of the fourth -- just New York's second hit against Norris on the afternoon. The Orioles answered the following inning, however, again using the long ball as a response.
An error by Yankees third baseman Kelly Johnson put a runner on board in the fifth for Pearce, who launched a Nuno fastball over the wall in left center to increase Baltimore's advantage to 5-1.
"He's somewhat of a fly-ball pitcher in a sense," Yankees manger Joe Girardi said of Nuno. "So when you make mistakes up in the middle of the zone. it's probably going to leave the park here."
After Norris pitched around Roberts' leadoff double in the home half of the fifth, Ryan Webb kept New York scoreless over the next two innings before Hardy took Jose Ramirez deep in the eighth for the shortstop's first homer since September 5 of last season.
"It definitely felt nice," said Hardy of his home run. "This has been a long time for me. I felt like I forgot how to do it. You can't try to do it. You're just going to roll over, pop-up if you try to do it. So I've just been continuing to get my hits and just hoping it would happen, and it finally did."
The Orioles have now swatted a major league-best 28 homers in June ... Nuno has allowed 13 home runs in 39 1/3 innings pitched at Yankee Stadium this season, with New York having lost the last six of his home starts ... Teixeira's homer extended his hitting streak to 10 games ... Pearce has driven in seven runs over his last four outings ... Former Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez, a member of four World Series championship teams with New York from 1996-2001, was honored by the club prior to the game with a plaque in Monument Park.
06/21 18:54:22 ET
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