NEW YORK - David Hess had to wait two days to make his start against the Yankees. The sun came out, the field dried and he was able to pitch in ideal conditions.
Little else seemed to go right for Hess. Mostly the weather.
Hess surrendered a career-high four home runs while taking over the major league lead, and the Orioles lost the first game of the doubleheader 5-3 at Yankee Stadium.
The 14 home runs off Hess are one more than the Angels’ Trevor Cahill has allowed this season. The Yankees collected four in the first four innings, including two by Gleyber Torres.
The Orioles are 14-27 overall and 8-12 on the road heading into the nightcap.
Trey Mancini and Gary Sánchez hit two-out solo home runs in the first inning. Mancini tied Dwight Smith Jr. for the team lead (eight). Hess tied Dylan Bundy for the most home runs allowed on the staff with 11 and took the lead after Torres deposited another fastball onto the netting above Monument Park for a 2-2 tie
Hess moved further ahead of Bundy with two outs in the second on Cameron Maybin’s first home run with the Yankees, a solo shot to right field, and he moved past Cahill on Torres’ solo shot leading off the fourth.
Fastballs clocked at 93 and 90 mph and two sliders were turned into home runs.
Sánchez’s ball traveled 443 feet to center field with an exit velocity of 114.9 mph, according to Statcast. Torres’ ball traveled 427 feet with an exit velo of 108 mph.
The Yankees also scored an unearned run off Hess in the fourth when Mancini dropped Gio Urshela’s fly ball in the right field corner and Mike Tauchman, their 26th man today, grounded a single up the middle with two outs.
Hess deserves credit for lasting six innings on a day when the Orioles have to play twice. He threw only 10 pitches in the fifth and five in the sixth while retiring the side in order and leaving his count at 89. He was charged with five runs (four earned) and six hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Branden Kline tossed two scoreless innings in relief.
Mancini has hit three home runs off left-hander J.A. Happ this season. He began the day 7-for-23 against Happ in his career.
Wynns was 2-for-17 coming into the opener of the twinbill. He doubled and singled in his first two at-bats today.
Renato Núñez’s slump eased its grip when he led off the top of the fourth with a home run to tie the game 3-3. Núñez was 0-for-15, 1-for-32 and 4-for-53. But he also began the day 6-for-13 with a double and two home runs against Happ, who lasted 5 1/3 innings and 64 pitches before Adam Ottavino replaced him.
Former Orioles closer Zack Britton retired the side in order in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman earned the save after Joey Rickard’s two-out double.
Down on the farm, Double-A Bowie’s Alex Wells allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Single-A Frederick’s Dean Kremer allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, with two walks and nine strikeouts. Single-A Delmarva’s Grayson Rodriguez allowed two runs and three hits in five innings, with one walk and six strikeouts.