Once Yankees manager Joe Girardi called Dellin Betances in from the bullpen to protect a one-run lead with two outs in the seventh, you could have stuck a fork in the Orioles' bats Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Betances got four outs and credit for a 5-4 victory, and Andrew Miller recorded his 13th save in the ninth as that finishing combo ran their streak to 33 1/3 innings without yielding an earned run this season.
Yankees starter Adam Warren never seemed in full command against a loaded Orioles lineup, but he benefited from some outstanding defense and timely hitting. Brett Gardner was a catalyst in the field and at the plate.
The top of the first inning ended with Orioles leadoff man Manny Machado trying to score from second base on a two-out single to leftfield by Delmon Young, but Gardner fielded it cleanly going toward the infield and had some momentum behind his one-hop throw to catcher Brian McCann, who easily tagged Young out.
In the Yankees' first, Jacoby Ellsbury led off with an infield single and went to third on a double into the leftfield corner by Gardner. Alex Rodriguez scored Ellsbury with a sacrifice fly. McCann then delivered a two-run homer to rightfield with two outs to stake Warren to an early 3-0 lead.
Warren gave up a couple of hits in the second but escaped when a two-out shot up the middle went off his glove to shortstop Didi Gregorious, who threw out Ryan Flaherty. A leadoff single by Machado for the Orioles in the third was followed by McCann throwing out Machado trying to steal. Gardner then made a nice running catch on a deep drive to left by Jimmy Paredes before Warren got Adam Jones to ground out.
The Yankees gave Warren two more runs in the bottom of the third for a 5-0 lead. Ellsbury drew a leadoff walk and went to third on a Gardner single. With two outs, Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (3-2) intentionally walked McCann to get to Carlos Beltran, who came in with a .187 average but had hit Gonzalez well in the past.
Beltran made O's manager Buck Showalter look bad when he lined a double off the wall in center, scoring Ellsbury and Gardner. But McCann was out at the plate, trying to hop the tag by catcher Caleb Joseph.
Warren's luck ran out when he walked J.J. Hardy and Flaherty, the Orioles' eighth and ninth hitters, to start the fifth. A single by Machado scored Hardy with the O's first run, and a one-out single by Jones loaded the bases. Warren got Young to hit into a force play at second as Flaherty scored to cut the Yankees' lead to 5-2. That was it for Warren, who gave way to Justin Wilson, who fanned Chris Davis to limit the damage.
But in the top of the sixth, Wilson gave up a two-out double to Hardy and then hit Flaherty, prompting Girardi to bring in Chris Martin, who walked Machado to load the bases. Paredes then drove a two-run single up the middle to narrow the Yankees' lead to 5-4 before Jones ended the threat by hitting into a forceout at second.
With two outs in the seventh, Girardi went to his 1-2 bullpen punch, calling in Betances to protect the one-run lead with closer Miller handling the ninth. Betances (4-0) got credit for the win.