NEW YORK—The most unusual lineup of the season was shut out on Wednesday night. It wasn’t a surprise.
The Orioles didn’t have Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Matt Wieters, and late in the game Adam Jones left with a back spasm.
Davis and Machado have the flu as does manager Buck Showalter, who also missed the game. Bench coach John Russell managed the club in Showalter’s absence.
The Orioles need to get well, physically and mentally. They suffered their fourth straight defeat and fell out of first place as they lost 5-0 to the New York Yankees before 35,681 at Yankee Stadium.
It’s the first time since June 4 the Orioles haven’t been in first place. They trail Boston by a half-game.
It was the fourth time the Orioles (53-40) had been shut out this season, and they’ve scored just 52 runs in the last 16 games and two or fewer in their last five.
Jones played down his back spasm after the game, and assured everyone he’d play on Thursday.
“I’ve got nothing else to do,” Jones said.
The Orioles’ bats have fallen silent. Since the All-Star break, they’re just 3-for-33 with runners in scoring position.
“We put together some good at bats. We’ve created some situations,” Jones said. “At the end of the day, it you keep creating the opportunities, one of these days they’re going to come true.”
The Orioles hoped for better against Michael Pineda, but with three of their best hitters unavailable, they couldn’t capitalize on some good scoring chances.
With two on in the second, Ryan Flaherty struck out to end the inning, and in the fourth, the Orioles wasted a bases-loaded opportunity. Nolan Reimold and Flaherty struck out to end the inning.
“We get a big pop right there and it could have been a different story. Right now we’re not getting that and we’ve got to find a way to make it happen a little bit more. Push that one or maybe two runs across there and I think it’s a different ballgame right there. You get deep in the game and the backend of their bullpen is tough. We had our opportunities early and right now we’re not getting that hit,” Russell said.
In the fifth, Jones flied out to right with two outs, leaving Joey Rickard at second.
Mark Trumbo led off the sixth with a double and daringly advanced to third on Pedro Alvarez’s fly ball to left. He stayed there as J.J. Hardy and Reimold struck out to end the inning.
There were no Orioles baserunners in the final three innings. Dellin Betances, Nick Goody and Chasen Shreve combined for three perfect innings.
Yovani Gallardo allowed a triple to Brett Gardner on his first pitch. Two batters later, Carlos Beltran knocked Gardner in with a sacrifice fly to center.
Mark Teixeira’s eighth home run of the year made it 2-0 in the fourth.
Gallardo loaded the bases in the sixth with none out and Teixeira’s walk scored Jacoby Ellsbury with the third run. After Starlin Castro hit into a double play, Gallardo got to come out for the seventh.
For the first time since June 27, 2015, Gallardo (3-2) completed seven innings, but allowed a fourth run on a triple by Ronald Torreyes and a scoring fly by Gardner.
“All my pitches were working. I think one mistake that I’d like to take back was the one to Teixeira. I tried to throw a cutter in to him, and it came back over the plate,” Gallardo said.
Beltran’s home run off Chaz Roe in the eighth gave the Yankees (48-46) a 5-0 lead.
Pineda (4-9) allowed five hits, walked two and struck out eight in six innings.
Russell isn’t sure that Davis, Machado and Wieters will return on Thursday.
“Chris plans on trying to play tomorrow. He took [batting practice] today, he’s feeling a lot better. I think Matt’s still day-to-day, and Manny, we’ll see how he feels tomorrow. We’re going to have to take it a day at a time and see how these guys respond and come back from it. It’s tough right now. We lost some key guys from our lineup and you lose that many at once, it makes it pretty tough. Hopefully, they’ll start trickling back into the lineup sooner rather than later,” Russell said.
Russell said that he expects Showalter to return on Thursday.
“It’s probably going to have to take a hurricane hitting New York for him to not be here tomorrow,” Russell said.
NOTES: Hyun Soo Kim, who is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, says he’ll stay with the club instead of going to Sarasota, Fla. while he’s on the DL. … Chris Tillman (13-2, 3.29) faces CC Sabathia (5-7, 3.94) on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.