The Orioles arrived in the Bronx with an opportunity. They’ll return to Baltimore having wasted it.
The New York Yankees completed a four-game sweep with a 3-1 victory to bury the Orioles in the American League’s playoff standings, with Gleyber Torres' pinch-hit, two-run double with two outs in the eighth serving as the decisive blow. Baltimore’s lineup, meanwhile, managed only three runs across 33 innings in the quartet of defeats that left the Orioles 5 1/4 u00bd games behind New York in the hunt for an AL wild-card spot after they began the series only 1 1/4 u00bd games back.
Sunday’s loss, like Saturday’s, featured a wasted performance from a foundational rotation piece. All-Star left-hander John Means continued his strong stay in New York with another six innings of one-run ball, again using decreased velocity with improved command to great effect.
But like Dean Kremer before him, Means got little backing from the Orioles' offense. Renato Núñez’s wall-scraping home run in the second accounted for all of Baltimore’s scoring.