NEW YORK — Before Tuesday night’s game, Buck Showalter remarked that he’d like to see his team win 15 straight and make some noise in the playoff chase.
The Orioles are still far from winning that many in a row, but won their second straight and captured their first series since mid-August with a 5-3 win over the New York Yankees before 30,038 at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.
“We are going to try to win out. We take every day as a start. I tell them all the time in advance meetings: “Today is an opportunity to do the things we are capable of doing,’” Showalter said.
Ubaldo Jimenez completed seven innings, the first starter since Kevin Gausman did that on Aug. 23, to pick up the win.
Jimenez (11-9) has won two straight for the first time since he won four consecutive starts in June, and five days after walking six in Toronto, he didn’t walk any.
“You want to go with everything you have for the last month of the season. I know things haven’t been the way we want them to after the second half (started). But you have to finish strong. You have to go with everything you have until the last day,” Jimenez said.
In seven, Jimenez allowed three runs on four hits, striking out eight and hitting a batter.
Jimenez believes that many have counted the Orioles out prematurely.
“That’s the way you have to think. You can’t be thinking that we’re out of it. You have to take every game like it’s your last and try to go with everything you have and let’s see what happens,” Jimenez said.
Steve Pearce homered in the eighth for the go-ahead run.
Darren O’Day worked a perfect eighth, and Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 32nd save.
The Orioles’ last series win came when they swept Oakland Aug. 14-17.
“We found a lot of things the last couple of nights that looks like the things that we did this season to be in first place and be more competitive and things we’ve done the last three or four years,” Showalter said.
Nolan Reimold led the game off with a walk off CC Sabathia. After two infield outs, Reimold scored on Chris Davis’ single to left.
Carlos Beltran’s 15th home run of the year off Jimenez (11-9) with two outs in the first tied it at 1.
In the bottom of the third, Jimenez hit Didi Gregorius with a pitch. Stephen Drew singled. Jacoby Ellsbury grounded to short, but J.J. Hardy could get only one out after bobbling the grounder. With two outs, Beltran’s single gave New York (77-61) a 3-1 lead.
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After Sabathia launched a pitch over Davis’ head to start the fourth, he walked. Jonathan Schoop singled, but the Orioles couldn’t score.
Dariel Alvarez began the fifth with a walk and Reimold singled. Both moved over a base on Gerardo Parra’s bunt. With two outs, Davis was plunked by Sabathia to load the bases.
Against Adam Warren, Schoop hit a grounder to third. Drew muffed Chase Headley’s throw for an error allowing Alvarez and Reimold to score for a 3-3 tie.
Jimenez retired 12 straight until Dustin Ackley doubled with two outs in the seventh, and an out later, he finished the inning.
He believes he’s ready for a roll like the one he was on in June.
“I feel like my mechanics are better, it’s like how I was in the first half. I get on the mound and try to get people out. I’m not thinking about mechanics right now,” Jimenez said.
Pearce, who was robbed of an extra-base hit by Ackley in left field in the second, homered off Warren (6-6) with one out in the eighth, and the Orioles (67-72) led 4-3.
It was the first time Pearce hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later with the Orioles.
“We’re all backed into a corner,” Pearce said. “We know we're a long shot but we're still not out of this thing."
Davis, who reached base in each of his five at-bats, hit a ground-rule double in the ninth for a 5-3 lead. He singled, doubled, walked twice and was hit by a pitch.
NOTES: With his eight strikeouts, Jimenez passed Orioles special assignment pitching instructor Ramon Martinez for ninth place on the all-time strikeout list for pitchers born in the Dominican Republic with 1,434. … The Orioles are off Thursday and begin a three-game series with Kansas City on Friday. Danny Duffy (7-7, 4.17) faces Mike Wright (2-4, 5.19). … Delmarva 3B Jomar Reyes was the second pick in the Dominican Winter League draft by Licey. … Manny Machado has reached base in 21 straight games against the Yankees, the longest by an Oriole since Brian Roberts in 2008-09.
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