After an exhausting, emotional weekend, the Orioles and Yankees end up exactly where they began. New York leads the American League East by a game after they pounded the Orioles 13-3 before 40,346 on a perfect Sunday afternoon. The Orioles and Yankees not only split the four-game series; they each won nine games in the season series. The Orioles were looking for their first season series win over New York since 1997.A day after the Orioles (78-62) won an emotional game, losing Nick Markakis for at least six weeks with a broken left thumb, they suffered their worst loss since July 16 when they lost by 12 to Minnesota.Emotions were high when the game began. The Yankees were still upset about the controversial ending of Saturday nights game when Mark Teixeira bounced into a double play.Television replays showed that Teixeira, who was playing his first game after missing 10 with a strained left calf muscle, clearly safe.Teixeira apparently reinjure the calf muscle on the play and could miss the rest of the season.
The Yankees (79-61) scored a run off Zach Britton in the first on an RBI single by Robinson Cano.Brittons last out was a liner back to him by Nick Swisher that deflected off him and hit his face. He recovered and threw out Swisher, and walked off the mound shaking his head.Everything seemed fine starting the fourth, but Britton (5-2) quickly came unglued. He gave up a long single to Alex Rodriguez to start the inning, then walked Cano, Russell Martin and Steve Pearce. After Pearces walk scored A-Rod, Britton struck out Andruw Jones, then gave up RBI base hits to Jayson Nix and Ichiro Suzuki. Derek Jeter walked with the bases loaded to score Pearce, and the Yankees led 5-0. It was Brittons first loss in his last six starts. His last loss came at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 1. Hes now 1-3 against New York with a 7.71 ERA in six starts.While the Yankees were pecking away at Britton, Freddy Garcia was resting on their bench. When he returned for the fourth, he allowed a two-run double to Wilson Betemit, who was starting for the first time since Aug. 11. Matt Wieters drove in the third run with a single, and the Orioles were with 5-3.Joba Chamberlain (1-0) relieved Garcia and struck out four of the six batters he faced for the win.Jake Arrieta made his first major league relief appearance and pitched three innings. He allowed three runs on Curtis Grandersons 35th home run in the sixth and a two-run single by Granderson in the seventh. By then, it was 8-3.The Yankees scored five more runs in the eighth. Jeter hit a two-run home run off Kevin Gregg for his ninth hit of the weekend. He has 3,279 hits, just four shy of Willie Mays for 10th place on the all-time list. Granderson had a two-run double in the inning, amassing five RBIs after entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth.