Xavier Avery having a night of firsts - Part II (O's lose 8-5)

Xavier Avery hit his first major league triple in the fifth inning.

Avery drove in his first major league run with that triple.

Avery collected his first major league hit that tied a game.

A night of firsts continues for the former second-round draft pick.

The Orioles trailed 3-2 after Curtis Granderson homered onto Eutaw St. in the top of the fifth. Robert Andino led off the bottom half with a walk, and Avery followed with his triple into the right-field corner.

He's halfway to his first cycle.

OK, again, baby steps.

Avery scored his second run on J.J. Hardy's two-run, tie-breaking homer. Hardy has nine home runs on the season.

Granderson became the 61st player to deposit a ball onto Eutaw St., and the 36th opponent. He hadn't done it before tonight. It's happened four times this season.

Only two of Granderson's 12 home runs this season have come on the road.

Update: The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, and Luis Ayala replaced Jason Hammel. Chris Davis misplayed Raul Ibanez's bouncer to first, allowing two runs to score and tying the game, 5-5.

Hammel is charged with five runs (four earned) and seven hits in five-plus innings, with three walks and three strikeouts. He threw 95 pitches, 60 for strikes.

Hammel hadn't allowed more than two earned runs in his first six starts. The five innings matches his season low.

Tonight's attendance: 16,492

Update II: Luis Ayala hadn't surrendered a home run this season until Mark Teixeira's two-run shot in the seventh gave New York a 7-5 lead.

Dana Eveland is warming in the bullpen.

Orioles starters have only two quality starts in their last nine games.

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