BALTIMORE — It was as though the Orioles’ offense, though one of the best in baseball this season, had hit a delay this past week. First there were Indians starters Justin Masterson, who retired the first 12 batters he faced, and Scott Kazmir, who took a no-hit bid into the seventh. Then there was Yankees ace CC Sabathia, who held Baltimore hitless for five innings on Friday night before Nate McLouth gave the team its first hit in the sixth and the bats mustered up four late runs.
Consider the lull over. Baltimore (46-36) pounded New York starter David Phelps, scoring nine runs over the first seven outs to take all the drama out of Saturday night’s prime-time game. A four-run first inning highlighted by the first of two Chris Davis home runs set the stage for an 11-3 series-securing rout in front of a sold-out crowd at Camden Yards.