Young's heroics not enough for Yanks in Game 1

Young's heroics not enough for Yanks in Game 1

BALTIMORE -- A taste of anything-can-happen September magic was still swirling around the Yankees, who have marveled at the unlikely September renaissance that Chris Young is enjoying. One swing by Jimmy Paredes on Friday afternoon delivered both a game-winning, pinch-hit double and a painful splash of cold reality.

After Young homered in his third straight game to break a scoreless tie, Adam Warren coughed up the lead on Paredes' two-run double, which rattled into the right-field corner and gave the Orioles a 2-1 victory over the Yankees in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Camden Yards.

"Extremely frustrating, especially when you've got some momentum from the way you won the last two games, but we weren't able to hold on today," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We have another game today, and we have to go win it."

Bryan Mitchell made his first Major League start for the Yankees in the nightcap, with Bud Norris on the hill for Baltimore. The Yankees were still smarting a few moments after the conclusion of Game 1, as Warren couldn't hold the lead after taking over for David Robertson, who fired a season-high 35 pitches over 1 2/3 scoreless frames.

"Those guys battled their butts off today," Warren said. "And just to see us get that home run, get that run, get the lead -- it's frustrating to give it up and take the loss."

Warren lost Nelson Cruz to a walk to start the inning, and a sacrifice advanced pinch-runner David Lough before J.J. Hardy was hit by a pitch. After a strikeout, Steve Clevenger worked a pinch-hit walk and Paredes gave the Orioles their 5,000th win in franchise history (regular season and playoffs included).

"For me, I feel so excited because we have a good team and they brought me here; we're in first place," Paredes said.

The homer by Young, cast off by the Mets earlier this season, came off Brad Brach and was part of a two-hit performance that swelled his average to .471 (8-for-17) in seven games this month with the Bombers.

"It's nothing I can really put my finger on; I'm just trying to really lock in on the strike zone," Young said.

Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy was excellent, limiting the Orioles to four hits in a seven-strikeout, no-walk performance. Baltimore did not put a runner in scoring position until former Yankee Kelly Johnson smoked a ground-rule double to right field opening the eighth, ending McCarthy's afternoon.

Dellin Betances worked out of trouble in the eighth to keep the game scoreless. Mark Teixeira threw to third base on a Nick Hundley sacrifice and was unable to nab Johnson there, but the Yankees got him later in the inning, as Stephen Drew fired to third on a fielder's choice. Betances struck out Adam Jones on a nasty curveball to end the frame, leaving the bases loaded.

Baltimore's Kevin Gausman blanked the Yankees over seven innings, scattering seven hits and working out of a couple of jams. New York threatened with two men on in the fifth inning after hits by John Ryan Murphy and Antoan Richardson, but Jacoby Ellsbury lined out hard to right field, ending the inning.

Martin Prado opened the sixth with a single, and Young's two-out double gave the Yankees two men in scoring position, and Gausman lost Drew to a walk after getting ahead, 1-2. Murphy couldn't get the run in, launching a deep fly to left field that was caught in foul territory by Alejandro De Aza.

"It's tough. It's a quiet clubhouse right now," McCarthy said. "You're looking for any kind of lifeline that you can hang on to at this point, and right there Chris gives us one. We've got a chance to carry that through, and to fall a little bit short of that, just kind of anything we've got going positive, it cuts it out from under us."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.