Gary Sanchez to DL as Yankees blow lead in 5-4 loss to Orioles

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BALTIMORE — Gary Sanchez took a big cut in the fifth inning on Saturday afternoon — and injured himself.


Sanchez left the game with strained right biceps after fouling off a 3-2 pitch in the Yankees’ 5-4 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards.


The Yankees announced after the game he will be placed on the disabled list while Kyle Higashioka will be recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


Dellin Betances gave up the game-tying single to Mark Trumbo and the go-ahead single to Hyun Soo Kim in the seventh. The Yankees (1-4), who have lost three straight, couldn’t hold a four-run lead on Friday night, and they couldn’t hold a three-run lead on Saturday night. They are 7-22 in Baltimore since 2014.


With Matt Holliday on first, Chris Carter flew out to deep center against Orioles closer Zach Britton to end the game.


Sanchez appeared to be in significant pain after taking the swing and immediately headed into the clubhouse following a visit from the training staff.


Austin Romine came in to replace him. The 24-year-old catcher, who hits second in the lineup, swatted 20 homers in 53 games as a rookie. Sanchez homered for the first time this season on Friday night.


The Yankees were already without Greg Bird, who is day-to-day with a right foot injury. The team hopes to have its 24-year-old first baseman back on Monday for its home opener. But top pitching prospect James Kaprielian is headed to Los Angeles for further consultation on his injured right elbow, a potentially ominous sign. The Yankees are hoping to get Didi Gregorius (right shoulder strain) back in the first week of May.


On Saturday, Masahiro Tanaka was better than he was on Opening Day, but continued to have trouble commanding his pitches. Tanaka lasted five innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits. He walked four, hit two batters in a game for the first time in his career and threw 92 pitches. Tanaka had hit just three batters in 199.2 innings all of last season.


Still, no Yankees’ starter has gone more than five innings this season.


Tanaka had allowed a career-high seven earned runs in 2.2 innings on Opening Day.


“I know he was really frustrated, and to have an extra day involved (between starts) was probably frustrating for him as well,” Joe Girardi said before the game.

Masahiro Tanaka looks better, but still can’t get past the fifth inning. 

(Patrick Semansky/AP)


The Yankees led 4-1 heading into the fifth before Tanaka got himself in trouble.


During a 35-pitch frame, he gave up two runs, two hits, walked two and hit a batter. The Orioles got within a run and had the bases loaded with one out, but Tanaka struck out Kim and got Jonathan Schoop to pop out to end the threat.


The Yankees had blown a 5-1 lead to the Orioles in losing 6-5 on Friday night.


PLAY OF THE GAME


Brett Gardner went a long way and then dove to rob Chris Davis of a hit in the fourth inning. Masahiro Tanaka tipped his cap to Gardner after the spectacular catch. 


TURNING POINT


Joe Girardi inserted lefty Tommy Layne to face lefty Chris Davis with one out in the seventh. Davis doubled, and Girardi inserted Dellin Betances. Betances gave up the game-tying single to Mark Trumbo. Trumbo then stole second against Betances, and Hyun Soo Kim drove him home with a single of his own for the deciding run.


STAR OF THE GAME


Hyun Soo Kim, Baltimore’s left fielder, had three hits — including the go-ahead single.


STAT OF THE DAY


Matt Holliday became the seventh active player to reach the 2,000-hit club with a first-inning single.


UNSUNG HERO


The Orioles’ bullpen was strong again, throwing 4.1 one-hit innings after starter Kevin Gausman lasted just 4.2 innings. 


M.I.A.


In his first start of the season, Chris Carter went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. Carter was starting for Greg Bird, who is day-to-day with a right foot injury. Tanaka also walked four and hit two batters in a game for the first time in his career. 


NEXT GAME


Yankees vs. Orioles; Sunday 1:35 at Baltimore; CC Sabathia (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Wade Miley (9-13, 5.37 in 2016)

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