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Injuries and losses continue to mount as Orioles are pounded by Yankees

The Washington Post logo The Washington Post 9/15/2021 Jon Meoli

Baltimore —As their divisional opponents take turns pounding the Baltimore Orioles into dust, the strain of a grueling season is starting to take its toll as well.

In a 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees before 10,235 fans at Camden Yards on Tuesday night, the Orioles also lost their leader, Trey Mancini, to an abdominal injury after a hard but awkward swing, and catcher Pedro Severino for unspecified reasons after he came out of the batter's box slow on a groundball in the sixth inning.

Including a knee injury that could end the season for reliever Tanner Scott and impressive infielder Jorge Mateo being placed on the 60-day injured list because of a back injury, the Orioles have lost six pivotal pieces to a team that doesn't have many to spare during this marathon homestand.

Tuesday's injuries were pockmarks on a game that wasn't much to look at, either. Rookie left-hander Alexander Wells allowed a leadoff single and then a towering home run to Aaron Judge to start the game. After he looked to be settling in, he allowed a two-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton, then a solo homer to the next batter, Luke Voit, to create a 5-0 deficit in the third inning.

Wells completed four innings, and the relief combination of Eric Hanhold and Marcos Diplán combined to keep them at bay before Joey Gallo homered in the eighth and DJ LeMahieu homered in the ninth, each off Spenser Watkins.

The Orioles got on the board in the fifth when Pat Valaika singled and scored from first on a double by Ryan Mountcastle, but they had ample chances to chip away against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole. Instead, they stranded nine and didn't get a hit with a runner in scoring position until Kelvin Gutierrez singled in a run in the ninth.

— Baltimore Sun

a baseball player holding a bat on a field: BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates hitting a two run home run in the first inning with Giancarlo Stanton #27 during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 14, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) © Mitchell Layton/Getty Images BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates hitting a two run home run in the first inning with Giancarlo Stanton #27 during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 14, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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