1:05 PM ET, July 7, 2013
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- Three straight one-run games in sweltering heat at Yankee Stadium, and the Baltimore Orioles had nothing to show for it.
That is, until Adam Jones stepped to the plate in the ninth inning.
Jones hit a two-run homer against Mariano Rivera, and the Orioles beat the Yankees 2-1 on Sunday to end New York's longest winning streak of the season at six games.
"It's off the greatest closer in the history of the game," Jones said. "I'll always remember it."
Rare Feat For Mo's Foes
Adam Jones' two-run homer was the sixth career go-ahead blast in the ninth inning or later of Mariano Rivera's career with the Yankees leading. It was the first such homer in four years and only the second at Yankee Stadium:
|Bill Mueller||2004||Red Sox|
|*at Yankees Stadium
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A healthy Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven innings of three-hit ball for the Yankees, unable to finish off a three-game sweep after Baltimore took all three games from them at Camden Yards last weekend.
With one out, Nick Markakis made a bid for a tying homer but his drive hooked just wide of the right-field foul pole. Markakis then singled sharply to center for his third hit and Jones, elected to his first All-Star start on Saturday, drove an 0-1 pitch to left for his 16th home run.
"I wanted it to be more in. Didn't get in enough," Rivera said. "It wasn't really a mistake, just good hitting."
It was Rivera's second blown save in 31 chances during his farewell season. Baseball's career saves leader, chosen for his 13th All-Star squad, had converted 41 tries in a row at home since his last failure on Sept. 26, 2010, against Boston.
"Whenever it happens you're kind of shocked, that's how good he is," manager Joe Girardi said.
Baltimore finished 2-4 on its road trip against the Chicago White Sox and Yankees.
"Obviously, that's what you want. You want the ball as soon as possible. You want to try and redeem yourself and get back in a groove," Johnson said. "I felt like I was more aggressive with my fastball today and located it a little better."
New York fell to 40-2 when leading after eight innings.
The only other home run Rivera allowed this season was to Tampa Bay slugger Evan Longoria on April 23. The last long ball he gave up at Yankee Stadium was to Russell Branyan of the Angels on Aug. 11, 2011.
"You don't want to go out there and get swept, especially against the teams in your division in games you need to win," Markakis said. "The way Kuroda threw the ball and, like I said, the conditions, we'll take it."
Kuroda outpitched Jason Hammel on a day when the 92-degree temperature seemed to sap power from the bats on both sides -- until Jones connected. During the game, the Yankees put an announcement on the big video board informing fans about several stations around the ballpark where they could cool off and get water.
Kuroda, beaten Sunday night at Baltimore in the series finale, skipped a turn because of a tweaked hip flexor. But the 38-year-old right-hander felt fine during his latest bullpen session and just ended up getting pushed back two days.
Helped by some solid defense, Kuroda struck out four and walked one while throwing 88 efficient pitches.
Hammel threw 69 of 102 pitches for strikes, but that only got him through five innings as the Yankees fouled off many of his best offerings. He is 0-3 in seven starts since beating Washington on May 27.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado made a jaw-dropping play to end the sixth, showing why he was selected to the All-Star team Saturday on his 21st birthday.
Machado knocked down Luis Cruz's high bouncer with a backhand behind the bag, but the ball was rolling away from him when he picked it up with his bare hand. In one twisting motion that almost defied the physics of athletic momentum, he zinged a perfect throw across his body to first base -- from deep in foul territory.
After he was called out, Cruz looked across the diamond in disbelief at Machado, who ended up near the dugout railing.
Eduardo Nunez hit a sacrifice fly for New York in the second.
"Hiroki pitched a tremendous game and we should've, should've won that game," Rivera said. "That would've been a great game to save."
RHP Scott Feldman makes his first home start for Baltimore on Monday night against his former team, the Texas Rangers. Acquired from the Cubs on Tuesday, Feldman pitched seven shutout innings of two-hit ball against Texas on May 6. ... Orioles 1B Davis said he would happily participate in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game if asked. "It's something I've always wanted to do," Davis said, adding he has no concerns about messing up his swing. "I play home run derby every day in batting practice." ... Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) was the DH in his second rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and went 1 for 2 with two walks and a run. ... The Yankees hosted about 4,000 residents of Newtown, Conn., in an effort to help the community heal from the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 07: Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee...(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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|2nd||E Nunez hit sacrifice fly to left, Z Almonte scored.||0||1|
|9th||A Jones homered to left center (399 feet), N Markakis scored.||2||1|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, New York, NY|
|Attendance||40,218 (81.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||92 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Gerry Davis, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Jerry Meals|
Hiroki Kuroda threw his 5th start of at least 7 innings and no runs this season. That is tied with Clayton Kershaw and Justin Masterson for the most in the majors.[+]
So Rivera blows a save against the Orioles for the ninth time in his career, the most by any player against Baltimore. But it hasn't been all woe is me for Rivera - his 76 saves against the O's are more than 40 more than any other player and his most versus any opponent.[+]
Most Blown Saves vs Orioles - Since Saves Became Official in 1969
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