The New York Yankees would have preferred doing just about anything on their day off rather than playing a makeup game at Camden Yards.
And that was before they lost to the Baltimore Orioles, 5-4, in 10 innings yesterday.
Robert Andino singled home the winning run after tying it in the eighth, giving the Orioles their second straight extra-inning win over New York.
It was the fourth game in four days between the division foes. The first three were held at Yankee Stadium before both teams headed south for a makeup of an Aug. 27 contest postponed by Hurricane Irene.
“It’s not ideal, but the Orioles had to do it, too,’’ New York left fielder Brett Gardner said. “It’s part of the game. A lot of rain, seems like the whole season.’’
Although rain was in the forecast, the game started on time and was played without interruption. Afterward, the Yankees headed to Los Angeles and the Orioles took off for Toronto.
“Definitely, it’s a lot of baseball in a short period of time,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the game. “It’s one thing in April when guys are so fresh. It’s another thing when it’s so late.’’
After building a 4-1 lead, New York didn’t get a hit or place a runner in scoring position after the fourth inning.
“It’s surprising we didn’t and that’s probably the difference in the game,’’ Girardi said. “We lost because we didn’t score any more runs.’’
Vladimir Guerrero homered, doubled twice, and scored two runs for the Orioles, who celebrated the victory by mobbing Andino at second base.
Phillies 7, Brewers 2 - Cole Hamels pitched a four-hitter and Hunter Pence’s triple keyed a six-run sixth inning as Philadelphia won in Milwaukee.
Hamels (14-7) gave up solo home runs to Yuniesky Betancourt and Corey Hart, but kept Milwaukee from mounting any big innings in a game between two best teams in the National League.
Braves sweep Mets, 6-5, 5-1 - Julio Teheran gave flashes of his vast potential in earning his first big league win and Atlanta, using a lineup with Chipper Jones starting as the No. 2 hitter for the first time in 15 years, beat host New York to complete a sweep of a doubleheader made necessary by the threat of Hurricane Irene.
White Sox 8, Indians 1 - Brent Morel hit two homers and Paul Konerko had a grand slam, lifting host Chicago over Cleveland.
Diamondbacks 4, Padres 1 - Ian Kennedy struck out a season-high 11 over seven-plus innings for his NL-leading 19th win as Arizona beat San Diego in Phoenix. Kennedy, who lost a shutout in the eighth, scattered seven hits and did not walk a batter.
Dodgers 7, Nationals 4 - Tony Gwynn hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and Los Angeles won the first game of a scheduled doubleheader in Washington. The second game was postponed because of rain and will be played at the end of the season if it is needed to decide a playoff race.
Mariners 4, Royals 1 - Justin Smoak hit his first home run in nearly three months, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that helped host Seattle claim a victory over Kansas City.