BALTIMORE—Buck Showalter has seen a different Kevin Gausman lately. It’s the Gausman who has won four straight for the first time in his career, and pitched 19 consecutive scoreless innings in his last three starts.
Gausman followed up on his seven shutout innings at Yankee Stadium on Sunday with six more as the Orioles registered their third consecutive shutout against New York.
What made it more impressive was that Dylan Bundy allowed two hits in 5 2/3 shutout innings on Friday, and Gausman allowed just two in his six.
The result was the Orioles’ 2-0 win over the Yankees before 30,855 at Oriole Park on Saturday night.
It was the first time the Orioles had consecutive shutouts since last June 28, and the first time the Orioles have shutout out the Yankees (69-65) in three straight games.
“Kevin’s a good pitcher. He’s had a great look in his eye for about a month. Not that he hasn’t before. It’s just there’s a real driven look and presence about him. Felt like he’s really kind of hit his stride. He’s been solid for us for a while. He’s in a good place in the process, so to speak,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Gausman is now 2-1 with a dazzling 0.80 ERA this season against New York. He’s allowed just three earned runs in 33 2/3 innings.
“I don’t know. Just trying to mx in all my pitches and keep them off balance. I think a lot of their guys are obviously looking for a fastball against me, so if I can throw my off-speed pitches for strikes, and kind of put that thought in the back of their minds, I can have success. I don’t know what it is,” Gausman said.
Gausman (7-10) struck out his first four hitters, and six of the first eight.
With two outs and a runner on first in the fifth, Manny Machado ranged to his right a slowly hit grounder by Brett Gardner and Chris Davis made a long stretch at first for the out. Gardner was initially called safe, but after a review, the call was overturned.
“There's a lot of good third basemen in the league (but) nobody makes that play. The arm strength, the throw, to have that type of velocity across the diamond and throwing on the move. I do not take it for granted. None of us do. It's a huge play,” Showalter said.
Gausman walked two and struck out eight.
“Tonight it was just kind of more about our defense. We made some unreal plays behind me. Schoop, Manny, all those guys, everyone was making good plays behind me,” Gausman said.
In the first four months of the season, Gausman had just three wins.
“I think maybe it’s just feeling a little bit more confident. Just confident with everything I’m doing in between starts. And so I think that’s something as a young starter you kind of learn in due time,” Gausman said.
He’s won the last three games while Chris Tillman has been on the disabled list.
“I don’t know if that did it. I’ve just been a little bit frustrated, until about a month ago, with how my season’s been going. I felt like I was pitching great and things just didn’t go my way. Now it’s kind of on the other side, the other flip side of it. Like I said, I’m just confident, feeling good. I think this is the first time I’ve got into August and September and felt this good physically with this amount of innings under my belt,” Gausman said.
Mychal Givens pitched a scoreless seventh. Brad Brach followed with a shutout inning in the eighth. Zach Britton worked a perfect ninth for his 40th consecutive save.
The Orioles (74-61) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Mark Trumbo led off with a double, his first one since July 31. With one out, Davis blooped a single to right, and Trumbo scored when Aaron Judge bobbled the ball for an error.
Adam Jones homered to left, his 25th of the year off CC Sabathia (8-12) in the fifth.
After losing two of three to Toronto and falling four games in back of the Blue Jays, the Orioles have won two straight while Toronto has lost twice to Tampa Bay, and are two games behind in the AL East race.
“We were in the thick of things against Toronto, too. Lot of games left. No one is, I don't think the final standings are over August 31. That’s why they make this last month and call it the September push,” Jones said.
NOTES: Jones has now hit at least 25 home runs for six straight seasons. … Michael Pineda (6-11, 5.12) faces Wade Miley (8-11, 5.43) on Sunday.