CC Sabathia allowed a go-ahead three-run home run to Danny Valencia in the bottom of the sixth inning before he was pulled as the Yankees lost Game 1 of a doubleheader to the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score
Things to know about Monday's game
1) Sabathia (6-4) had thrown five solid innings before he came out for the sixth inning and promptly walked Mark Trumbo and allowed a double to Jonathan Schoop. Valencia then knocked Sabathia out of the game by hitting a 1-1 slider over the center-field fence to turn a 4-2 Yankees lead into a 5-4 deficit.
2) The Yankees had the tying runner in scoring position in the ninth inning when Miguel Andujar hit a pinch-hit single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Brandon Drury moved him over to third with a groundout, but Kyle Higashioka struck out and Brett Gardner grounded out to first to end the game.
3) Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4, hitting his 22nd home run of the season with a solo home run off Jimmy Yacabonis in the second inning that gave New York a 1-0 lead.
4) Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius hit back-to-back RBI singles in the third inning, but the Orioles answered when Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Neil Walker's sixth-inning RBI single gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead.
5) Yacabonis allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. Mike Wright Jr. (2-0) struck out four batters in two innings for the Orioles, who had lost 13 of their last 14 games entering Monday.
Highlights from Monday's game
The Yankees seemed to be heading to a victory until Sabathia ran out of gas in the sixth inning allowing a go-ahead three-run homer to Valencia. Apparently, Aaron Boone liked the matchup against the right-handed hitting Valencia with Sabathia better than right-hander Jonathan Holder, who was ready in the bullpen.
The Yankees were doing things right at the plate up until then as well, notching hits in four of seven chances with runners in scoring position. However, they missed on their final three RISP opportunities which would have tied the game in the top of the ninth.
The Yankees might be a heck of a lot better than the Orioles, but having to play a doubleheader in Camden Yards almost assuredly meant that Baltimore would take at least one game. They did; now the Yankees will have to back a fill-in starter (Luis Cessa) in the second game in order to split the twin bill.
The Yankees and Orioles play Game 2 of a doubleheader on Monday at 7:35 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Cessa (0-1, 5.00 ERA) faces Orioles RHP Yefry Ramirez (0-2, 2.51 ERA).