Whitley serves up 3 homers as Orioles cool off Yankees, 6-2
NEW YORK (AP) -- Before the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he probably wouldn't use setup man Dellin Betances or closer Andrew Miller after both pitched the previous two days.
Chase Whitley wasn't effective enough to make any of that matter.
Chris Davis hit one of Baltimore's three early home runs, Wei-Yin Chen won for the first time this season and the Orioles snapped a four-game slide Saturday with a 6-2 victory over New York.
Jimmy Paredes had three hits, including a solo homer, and slumping Alejandro De Aza added a two-run drive off Whitley to give the Orioles their first win this week in New York. Baltimore lost a pair of interleague games to the Mets at Citi Field before dropping the first two in a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
"The first one that Paredes hit, hopefully that fan's hand is OK because he hit that one pretty well," Whitley said. "But the one De Aza hit, he hit a pretty good pitch."
Delmon Young knocked in two runs to build up the cushion for Chen (1-1), who scattered five hits over seven innings. He struck out a season-high seven and walked one, yielding only John Ryan Murphy's sacrifice fly.
The 29-year-old lefty from Taiwan was in control the whole way, throwing 76 strikes in 106 pitches. Using a sneaky fastball above the hands of several hitters, he struck out the side in the third and whiffed his final three batters of the day.
"He was executing his pitches," Chase Headley said. "I thought he did a good job of locating his fastball. It didn't feel like he threw a ball in the middle of the plate. When they got out to that lead, he did a good job of making us string hits together."
A 16-game winner last year, Chen entered with a 2.83 ERA, the lowest among qualifying starters without a victory. It was his first win since Sept. 15 against Toronto.
Zach Britton got two outs for his sixth save - a brief replay review upheld an out call on a close play at first base that ended the game.
New York lost for just the sixth time in its last 22.
Hit hard by Baltimore last year as well, Whitley (1-1) was tagged for all three homers in 5 2-3 shaky innings. He gave up five runs, six hits and two walks.
A rotation replacement for injured Masahiro Tanaka, the right-hander allowed only one run over 12 innings in his previous two major league starts this season.
"When he made a mistake, they made him pay," Girardi said. "He was just a little bit off today."
Paredes homered in the third and Davis went deep in the fourth, both on the first pitch. Whitley then plunked Steve Pearce with a wayward breaking ball, and one out later De Aza drove a 2-2 delivery into the stands for a 4-0 lead.
All three home runs cleared the short porch in right field.
Manny Machado hit a leadoff double in the fifth and scored on a single by Young, who added an RBI double in the seventh after Paredes tripled.
Paredes, a former Yankees farmhand, has 25 hits this season, 12 for extra bases.
"He wants to stay in this lineup and he's doing what it takes," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He doesn't want to go back to all the things he's been through with waiver wires and what have you. He wants to make sure he's found a home."
New York scored an unearned run off Tommy Hunter in the eighth on an RBI single by Carlos Beltran.
Yankees: New York put reliever Chris Martin on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow. The 6-foot-8 right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA and one save in 15 appearances. RHP Branden Pinder was recalled from Triple-A. "Our bullpen guys have been used a lot and there's no denying that," Girardi said. ... DH Alex Rodriguez was rested after hitting his first triple since July 2012 on Friday night. "His legs were heavy. I guess guys that are almost 40 shouldn't hit triples," Girardi said. "I anticipate he will be back in there tomorrow."
Headley made two diving plays at third base on his 31st birthday. He also singled and scored, finishing 1 for 4.
STREAKS AND STATS
Leadoff batter Jacoby Ellsbury went 0 for 5, ending his 11-game hitting streak. ... Young is 8 for 19 (.421) with four RBIs in six games against the Yankees this year.
Orioles: RHP Bud Norris (1-3, 9.75 ERA) is scheduled to start Sunday when the Orioles attempt to gain a series split. But he was sent back to the team hotel Saturday because he wasn't feeling well. "I feel confident Bud will be fine. Just wanted to get ahead of it," Showalter said. "We did some things with our `pen today to make sure that we can cover it."
Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (4-0, 2.97 ERA) has won a career-high six straight decisions dating to last September. He has 38 strikeouts and three walks this season, the best ratio in the American League. Pineda threw eight shutout innings to win Tuesday in Toronto.
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