The five runs in the fourth were more than Chen had allowed in his past two starts combined. And the Yankees weren't done with the long ball. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez smashed a two-run homer to left-center in the fifth. It was Rodriguez's 300th home run as a Yankee and his 16th on the season.
That chased Chen, who tied a career high with seven runs allowed. The 27-year-old, who was pitching on five days' rest, appeared to tire after throwing an efficient 35 pitches in his first three innings. Steve Johnson relieved Chen and threw three scoreless innings.
"I'm not tired at all. The last couple outings I feel strong physically,” he said. “And mentally I feel strong, too.”
Steve Johnson, who hadn’t pitched since Aug. 29, relieved Chen and threw three scoreless innings. It was just his fifth appearance as a big-league reliever.
“He was great. He was the reason we were still in that game,” Showalter said. “Really proud of him and the work he put in the nine days since he's pitched.”
McLouth led the Orioles' offense with three hits, including two doubles, and Jones closed in on a personal goal of 30 with his 29th home run this year.
Jones' homer, which landed in the Yankees' bullpen, came against starter Phil Hughes (14-12), who allowed those three runs but no other scores in six innings. He is now 6-4 with a 5.22 ERA versus the Orioles in 17 games.
The two teams have split the 2012 season series 8-8 with two games left to play.
“We will forget about it by the time we leave here,” McLouth said. “And be ready to go tomorrow.”
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