When 7 runs and 15 hits aren’t enough

The Orioles’ offense has been the subject of ridicule and scorn for much of the season, so it’s only fair to point out that it did plenty to deliver a win tonight. Too bad the pitching allowed 12 runs and 15 hits.

Matt Wieters notched his first three-hit game of the season, and his first multi-hit game since May 27 against Oakland.

“Very positive,” interim manager Juan Samuel said. “I think those few days (off) just kind of helped get some things off his mind. It was very nice to see him drive the ball tonight.”

Juan Samuel meets with the media after the O’s 12-7 loss to the Yankees

Not very positive: Kevin Millwood has allowed six earned runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings in each of his last two starts, both against the Yankees. Coincidental and disturbing.

Millwood failed to complete six innings for the fourth time in 13 starts. He leads the American League with 16 home runs allowed.

“In most of his outings, he’s had one bad inning,” Samuel said.

The first, third and sixth left a lot to be desired tonight, though Frank Mata stranded three runners after replacing Millwood in the veteran’s final inning.

“He seems to be the same guy that we saw earlier in the season,” Samuel said of Millwood.

I prefer the Millwood that I saw earlier in the season.

Nick Markakis threw out Brett Gardner trying to advance to third base on Derek Jeter’s single in the sixth inning - the Orioles’ 10th outfield assist this season.

Opponents have stolen 11 consecutive bases off the Orioles. Kansas City’s Jason Kendall is the last runner caught stealing, on May 18.

Down on the farm, Triple-A Norfolk shortstop Robert Andino went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and five RBIs.

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