Davis hits go-ahead slam, Orioles beat Yankees

Posted July 31, 2012, at 10:43 p.m.

NEW YORK — Chris Davis hit a go-ahead grand slam in the Orioles’ seven-run second inning and Baltimore rallied from five runs down to beat the New York Yankees 11-5 on Tuesday night.

Nick Markakis had a two-run homer among his three hits for the Orioles, who have won four of their last six, but finished July 13-14, their first month below .500 all season.

Ivan Nova allowed a career-high nine runs in five innings for New York, which tied a season-worst skid with four straight losses and made some dubious history in the process. According to STATS, LLC, the Yankees haven’t led by five or more after the first inning and then trailed after the second since at least 1918.

Nova (10-5) struck out five, allowed 10 hits and lost in consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He has one win in his last seven starts, and the Yankees are 14-7 in his games.

The Yankees teed off on Baltimore starter Chris Tillman in the first. He didn’t get an out until he fielded Nick Swisher’s groundball and threw to second for a force, after allowing an RBI single by Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano’s two-run homer. He later committed an error on Ichiro Suzuki’s RBI grounder that made it 4-0. Russell Martin added a run with a single before he got caught in a rundown between first and second. Ramiro Pena finally grounded out to end the inning.

The last time New York led by at least five after one inning and then lost was May 4, 2007, against Seattle, when they blew a 5-0 lead and lost 15-11.

Tillman (4-1) was charged with four earned runs, meaning in his last seven innings over three starts at Yankee Stadium, he had allowed 23 hits and 18 runs, 15 of which were earned. He entered with an ERA of over 12 at Yankee Stadium, and a .448 average against that included Derek Jeter’s single in 2009 that set the franchise record for hits.

By the time Tillman made it back out to the mound, he had a two-run lead thanks to Davis’ homer, Mark Reynolds’ double and Omar Quintanilla’s two-run single — all the runs coming with two outs. He settled down to pitch four shutout innings to hang onto the lead and win his third straight decision.

Wilson Betemit helped out by tacking on an RBI double in the third and a single in the fifth.

Orioles left-hander Troy Patton started the seventh inning inauspiciously. He failed to cover first on Jeter’s grounder to second and then hit Cano with a pitch in the middle of his back after striking out Granderson. He just barely retired Swisher on a slow grounder to shortstop, then struck out Ibanez to end the inning. Matt Lindstrom and Luis Ayala followed up with a scoreless inning each to close out the game.

NOTES: Orioles OF Lew Ford doubled in the third, for his first big league hit since 2007. The 35-year-old Ford batted .272 with 32 homers from 2003-07 with Minnesota. He played in Japan, Mexico and the independent Atlantic League before the Orioles signed him to a minor league contract in May. … No major league team has taken a 5-0 lead and given it up that quickly since Washington was up 5-0 after the first inning against the Marlins on July 6, 2006, then trailed 7-5 after two. … The last time the Yankees led 5-0 after one inning and lost by six runs or more was Aug. 6, 1991, at Chicago…. Before the game, the Yankees obtained third baseman Casey McGehee from Pittsburgh for reliever Chad Qualls, giving them a right-handed batter to plug in while Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira recuperate from hand injuries. McGehee, 29, is hitting .230 with eight homers and 35 RBIs in almost 300 plate appearances. The 33-year-old Qualls was acquired by New York from Philadelphia on July 1 and pitched in eight games. … Yankees RHP Phil Hughes is set to start Wednesday afternoon against Baltimore lefty Zach Britton. … Jeter doubled in the first inning, making him 39 for 97 (.402) when leading off a game.

PHILLIES 8, NATIONALS 0: Cliff Lee threw seven innings and scored on Jimmy Rollins’ inside-the-park home run to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

On the same day Philadelphia traded outfielders Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants, one of the Phillies’ other former All-Stars heavily involved in trade rumors — Lee — excelled.

Lee (2-6) allowed five hits and one walk and struck out seven for Philadelphia, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Stephen Strasburg (11-5) allowed a season-high six earned runs and had season-lows with three strikeouts and 65 pitches.

Lee hit a two-out single to drive in John Mayberry Jr. in the fourth inning. For good measure, Lee stole second, his second career steal, before scoring on Rollins’ fourth career inside-the-park home run.

Rollins blasted the ball off the wall in right, and outfielder Bryce Harper crashed into the fence. The ball rolled back toward the infield and Harper had little chance to throw out Rollins once the right fielder recovered the ball.

It was just one of the ways the last-place Phillies — still 15 1-2 games out of first place in the NL East — were sharper than the first-place Nationals on Tuesday, a day Philadelphia seemingly acknowledged its run of five straight division titles would end.

Kevin Frendsen, whom the Phillies recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley when they placed third baseman Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, hit a two-run homer in the second.

Juan Pierre stole second and third on consecutive pitches in the third and scored when catcher Jesus Flores’ throw to third went into left field.

Ryan Howard reached first base after striking out on a wild pitch in the seventh inning.

Notes: After trading Pence and Victorino on Tuesday, the Phillies started Pierre in left field, Mayberry in center and Laynce Nix in right. Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said Mayberry and Domonic Brown, who was recalled from Lehigh Valley, would play more down the stretch. “We probably want to find out about that, too,” Manuel said of Brown’s ability to become an everyday player. “I think he can, but I haven’t seen him a whole lot.” Brown pinch-hit in the eighth inning and singled. … Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche of the Nationals missed Tuesday’s game with minor back injuries. … Strasburg , who singled in the first, raised his batting average to .333. … Nationals pitcher Henry Rodriguez walked Mayberry on a ball four that sailed well over Mayberry’s head and straight into the net behind home plate. … Lee has never been caught stealing. … Rollins’ last inside-the-park home run came on April 7, 2007, against then-Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis. … On Tuesday, Washington began a stretch of 17 games in 16 days. The Nationals, who host a doubleheader with Miami on Aug. 3, have their next scheduled day off on Aug. 16. … Washington’s Edwin Jackson (6-6, 3.52) is scheduled to face Vance Worley (5-6, 3.88) on Wednesday night.

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