Baltimore’s depleted bullpen implodes as Orioles suffer 18th loss in 27 games

A Baltimore Orioles bullpen that must now overcome the loss of another key reliever was exposed Friday night, unable to keep the game close in the late innings in an eventual 8-2 loss to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

The Baltimore bullpen allowed five runs, including three unearned runs in the seventh off newcomer Edwin Jackson, who allowed the second of Aaron Hicks’s two homers on the night.

The Orioles took an early lead on Jonathan Schoop’s tape-measure two-run homer, but mustered little offense after that.

Schoop hit his 11th homer of the season in the second inning off Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery (4-4), taking advantage of a leadoff walk to Chris Davis.

He turned on an 0-1 change-up, clearing the Orioles’ bullpen beyond the left field fence and sending it deep into the stands. It was his third homer in his past four games, after his two-homer game Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

But after that, the Orioles mustered little as Montgomery allowed just one hit after the second inning and finished with a career-high eight strikeouts. He retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced.

The Orioles couldn’t capitalize on a scoring opportunity in the fifth. Rubén Tejada opened the inning with a leadoff double and moved to third on Joey Rickard’s sacrifice

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