Thursday, August 2, 2012

Yanks hammer O's - End 4-game slide

NEW YORK -- It would be a stretch to suggest that the Yankees were concerned about their recent skid, which they generally treated as an annoyance. They believed the lineup was due to break out in major fashion; it just seemed to be a matter of when.

That moment arrived with Robinson Cano's grand slam to highlight a seven-run third inning, blowing Wednesday's action wide open. The Yankees coasted behind a 15-hit barrage of Orioles pitching, posting a 12-3 victory and snapping their four-game losing streak.

"We don't like losing around here," Nick Swisher said. "This isn't the type of team that deals with losing very well. That's not our style. We feel like we're a winning group of guys. Four games in a row? Joke's over. Enough is enough."

Derek Jeter had three hits and collected three RBIs for the Yankees, who won for just the fourth time in 13 games. Phil Hughes (11-8) pitched six innings of one-run ball for the victory as the Yankees restored their lead in the American League East to 6 1/2 games over Baltimore.

"Every game means a lot," Cano said. "We're now in the second half of the season, when one game means two games. You don't have too much time, and you just want to keep the lead so that when September comes, you don't have to wait for somebody to lose."


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