Orioles lose their 6th straight, 3-2, to Yankees; Hyde praises Lyles; Rutschman homers again for Norfolk

BALTIMORE—The hottest team in baseball, the New York Yankees, scored three runs in the first inning — two on a strange play –and held on to beat the Orioles, 3-2, before an announced crowd of 13,850 at Camden Yards. It was the Orioles’ sixth straight loss, dropping them to 14-24.

The Yankees (28-9) have won nine of 10. They scored their three runs in the first against Oriole starter Jordan Lyles. With two outs, Anthony Rizzo and Josh Donaldson singled. Gleyber Torres hit a double to score Rizzo. Then, on a wild pitch by Lyles that deflected off catcher Anthony Bemboom into foul territory on the third base side, Donaldson scored, and Torres came home when Bemboom’s wild throw to Lyles to get Donaldson went into foul territory on the first base side.

“Just had an unfortunate first inning,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Got beat by a good club tonight.”

Lyles (2-4) retired the last 13 Yankees to face him and completed seven innings for the second time in his last three starts. He  threw a season-high 106 pitches.

“I’m pretty happy with what Anthony and I did tonight,” Lyles said. “Bouncing back after that first inning, a weird first inning.”

His eight strikeouts were a season-high, and for the first time in seven starts, he didn’t walk a batter.

“I thought he got better as the game went on,” Hyde said. “Command improved. I thought he kept guys off-balance.…

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