BALTIMORE –- Thirty-two days ago, Michael Pineda toyed with the Orioles, striking out 16 in seven innings. It was the most for an Orioles opponent in a nine-inning game.
The Orioles toyed with Pineda and the rest of the New York Yankees on Friday night, knocking him out in the fifth inning and scoring an 11-3 win before 33,203 at Oriole Park.
Pineda (7-3), who hadn’t lost to the Orioles (30-30) in six previous starts didn’t make it through the fifth inning this time. He allowed nine hits and was charged with six runs, one of them unearned. By the way, he struck out just two batters.
“You always want to play up to the competition, and he’s had a lot of success against us in the past, and we knew we had a challenge ahead of us tonight. We did our homework. I think the more you see a guy, you know what he’s going to do,” Chris Davis said.
The Orioles have a season-long five-game winning streak and have clawed back to the .500 mark for the first time since May 5.
They’re still in fourth place and trail the Yankees (33-29) by three games in the AL East.
Davis, Caleb Joseph and Jimmy Paredes each had three hits. The Orioles had 16.
Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3) won for the first time in his last six starts. He allowed three runs on six hits in five-plus innings.
Jimenez loaded the bases with none out in the first. Brett Gardner and Chase Headley singled. Alex Rodriguez walked.
He escaped when Mark Teixeira popped to short, Brian McCann struck out and Carlos Beltran flied to right.
“It was a blessing to get out of that inning without any damage. It was a really tough inning, and I had to throw a lot of pitches in that inning and that’s why I couldn’t go deeper in the game,” Jimenez said.
Joseph was pleased with Jimenez’s resolve.
“Most teammates and managers would maybe be happy giving up one there. If you get out the jam with one you are still in good shape,” Joseph said. “But he was able to pulls some tricks out of his bag and get out of there with zero.”
Manager Buck Showalter mentioned that inning as the most important one.
“That was the key to the game. It's a real momentum-turner. We come in and score. That's one you kind of look back on,” Showalter said.
The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Manny Machado walked and Paredes singled off Pineda. Machado took third on Adam Jones’ fly to center and scored on Davis’ single off the right field wall.
New York took a 2-1 lead in the third. Jimenez hit Gardner with a pitch. He stole second and scored on A-Rod’s single to center. He had two hits and has 2,994 and 1,999 RBIs in his career.
Machado began the fourth by reaching on a two-base by Headley at third. Paredes reached on an infield single. Jones’ single to left scored Machado, and Davis hit a three-run home run over the right field scoreboard for a 5-1 lead.
Didi Gregorius walked to start the fourth and Mason Williams, in his second major league at-bat, hit a two-run home run to cut the lead to 5-3.
Joseph doubled over Williams’ head with one out in the fourth. Machado singled, and Joseph scored on Paredes’ third hit of the game.
The Orioles added four more runs in the sixth to take a 10-3 lead. Joseph hit his fifth home run, Machado scored on a wild pitch by Esmil Rogers, J.J. Hardy had an RBI double and Travis Snider a run-scoring single.
Paredes drove in the 11th run in the seventh on a fielder’s choice.
It was the second time this season the Orioles scored more than 10 runs. On Apr. 26, they scored 18 against Boston.
If the Orioles win for the sixth straight time on Saturday, they’ll equal their longest winning streak of 2014.
“We’re definitely swinging the bats well. I think it’s big for us to go up there and continue to have great at-bats, not just go up there hacking, but really have an approach, have a plan and stick to it, and I think that’s going to pay off over the course of the season,” Davis said.
The win was the 407th of Showalter’s Orioles career. He’s tied with Hank Bauer for third place among Orioles managers. Only Earl Weaver (1,480) and Paul Richards (517) hd more.
“It means I’ve been here a long time,” Showalter said. “Now we’ve just got to keep it going.”
COMING UP: CC Sabathia (3-7, 5.25) faces Bud Norris (2-4, 8.63) on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. The game will be televised by FOX.