NEW YORK—The Orioles had two runners on in both the first and second innings. They didn’t score in either inning and had few baserunners after that.
Yankee pitching limited the Orioles to five hits, two by catcher Adley Rutschman, in a 2-0 win before an announced crowd of 39,154 at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.
In the first inning, Cedric Mullins walked, and Trey Mancini grounded to short, but Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s toss to second baseman Gleyber Torres was dropped for an error. The Orioles didn’t score.
Nor did they score in the second when Rutschman singled on a 10-pitch at-bat to begin the inning. Playing his 1,000th major league game, Rougned Odor walked, and both runners stayed put.
In the third, a single by Austin Hays was their only baserunner. In the fourth, they were retired on just four pitches.
The offensive ineptness wasted another solid starting effort by Tyler Wells (1-4), who allowed one hit in the first three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Aaron Judge doubled and, with one out, he moved to third on a single by Torres. A single by Miguel Andujar scored Torres. With Joey Gallo at-bat, Andujar broke for second, and Rutschman threw the ball into center for his first error. Torres scored to give New York a 2-0 lead.
“Going into that fourth inning. I just made a couple of bad pitches,” Wells said. “I wouldn’t like to say fatigue was…