"It's tough because we know that they are hitting the ball really well and we can't make any mistakes, especially early in the game," Gonzalez said of the first-place Yankees. "And that's why I couldn't go more than four innings -- [I] had [nearly] 80 pitches and things didn't go our way."
After going eight consecutive starts with at least six innings, the O's have fallen short of that mark in their last three games. Gonzalez said he struggled in particular to command his split fastball and credited the Yankees for having some really good at-bats.
"You've got to go out there and try not to nibble too much," he said. "I was missing a little bit, but that's part of the game. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don't."
Four of Gonzalez's five runs allowed came with two outs, and manager Buck Showalter thought the righty wasn't far away from having a much better night.
"He's borderline missing some pitches, they were balls … [but] they got him off to a tough start," Showalter said of the Yankees' quick start.
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