Chris Davis hit his 33rd home run of the season, a mark the leads all of Major League Baseball, but the blast wasn’t enough for the Baltimore Orioles, now 48-40 on the season, as they fell to the New York Yankees today to the tune of 5-4. The Yankees improved to 48-39 on the year and 25-18 at home.
The star of the day for the New York Yankees was the seemingly ageless Andy Pettitte (actually a 41-year-old), who won his sixth game of the season and, more importantly, the 251st of his career (a mark that ties him with Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson). Pettitte gave up three quick runs early in the game, but held on for almost seven full innings. He had lost his previous four outings.
Despite his recent struggles on the mound, Pettitte has owned the Baltimore Orioles the past few seasons. He is 28-6 against the Orioles over his career, including an 11-start unbeaten streak that stretches all the way back to 2007.
Davis was the big bright spot for the Orioles. His 33rd home run puts him at tied for seventh on the list of the most home runs hit before the All-Star Game. The record is held by Barry Bonds with 39, while Mark McGwire and Reggie Jackson are tied for second with 37 each.