- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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NEW YORK -- This one is going to sting.
Nine outs from a sweep against the Orioles, the Yankees couldn't hold a three-run lead as they fell to Baltimore 7-3 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees led 3-0 entering the seventh and Baltimore scored seven runs before the second out of the inning was recorded.
QUICK HOOK: After Andy Pettitte allowed the first two batters to reach in the seventh, Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled the veteran after just 93 pitches. The next Orioles batter, Matt Wieters, was 0-for-2 against Pettitte with two strikeouts, making the move puzzling.
After Pettitte was pulled, the bullpen imploded as Baltimore sent 10 batters to the plate in that frame. Pettitte, who pitched well, was saddled with a no-decision after six innings of two-run ball.
BAD PEN: The Yankees' bullpen has usually been a strength, but the relievers had one of their worst innings of the season Sunday. Shawn Kelley allowed an RBI single to Wieters and a three-run shot to J.J. Hardy that put the Orioles up 4-3, and after Boone Logan allowed both batters he faced to reach, Joba Chamberlain surrendered a three-run homer to Adam Jones to put Baltimore up 7-3.
CLOSE CALL: On Hardy's homer, right fielder Curtis Granderson leaped for the ball but couldn't corral it. While it would have been a tough catch, Granderson was in position to haul it in as it barely cleared the top of the wall.
SORI COMES THROUGH: Alfonso Soriano continues to be a run-producing machine as he drove in the Yankees' first run with an RBI single in the third. Soriano now has 36 RBIs in just 34 games with the Yankees, to go along with 12 homers.
LEADOFF SURGE: Brett Gardner had a nice day in the leadoff spot as he doubled in the first and third, eventually scoring after the latter hit, and walked with the bases loaded to force in a run in the fourth and put the Yankees ahead 2-0. He finished 2-for-4 on the afternoon.
NEW YORK -- This one is going to sting.Nine outs from a sweep against the Orioles, the Yankees couldn't hold a three-run lead as they fell to Baltimore 7-3 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.