BALTIMORE -- Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy allowed five runs in four-plus innings during a 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees before 37,622 at Oriole Park Sept. 4.
The Orioles entered the game trailing the Yankees by 3.5 games for the top wild-card spot, and they now have a 70-68 record with 24 games to play.
Bundy held New York hitless for the first three innings, but he allowed three runs in the fourth. Once second baseman Starlin Castro hit a two-run home run in the fifth, Bundy's day was done.
"I felt the first couple innings I was getting away with stuff and missing my spots and they were hitting the ball right to people," Bundy said. "That's the type of lineup over there. They don't swing at too many pitches that are borderline pitches, and they fouled off the good ones. Tough team."
Shortstop Tim Beckham homered to lead off the first. Beckham T-shirts were given away, and he rewarded fans with his 19th home run of the season, his seventh with the Orioles.
First baseman Chris Davis hit his 23rd home run in the second inning to extend the lead to 3-0, but the Orioles offense produced almost nothing for the rest of the game. After left fielder Trey Mancini and designated hitter Mark Trumbo began the fourth with singles, the Orioles were hitless until catcher Welington Castillo hit his 19th home run with two outs in the ninth.
"I just think it was kind of deflating," Davis said of the Orioles' failure to score in the fourth.
"I think you could just kind of feel the momentum shift into their dugout. They took it and ran with it. There's a reason they've been at the top or near the top of the division all year. We definitely have our work cut out for us."
Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery was removed after 4.2 innings, and reliever Chad Green retired all seven Orioles he faced to pick up the win.
Bundy and four Baltimore relievers combined to walk 10 New York batters, one shy of a season high.
"Just couldn't find his command," manager Buck Showalter said. "I don't care who you're facing. They're a pretty patient team when they see that."
Showalter said he had three or four pitchers who threw Sept. 3 that he wasn't going to use in the game. Bundy didn't feel there was any pressure to go deep into the game because of that.
"You never feel like you need to. You just expect to," Bundy said. "It's your goal as a starter to go at least six, seven innings and give your team a chance to win and just keep your team involved in the game."
Since the Orioles' seven-game winning streak, they have split a four-game series with Toronto and lost the first of three games against New York. Their two wins were in 13 and 12 innings.
"I'm feeling like we've had to scratch and claw for every run. Just really battled till the last out," Davis said. "Anytime you're in this position as far as the postseason is concerned, it's not going to be easy. You've just got to find a way to break through and come away with a win."
NOTES: Shortstop J.J. Hardy's activation could be "imminent," Showalter said. Hardy has been on the disabled list with a broken right wrist since June 19. ... Castillo's 19 home runs match his career high, set in 2015. ... Showalter said RHP Alec Asher, who was optioned to Double-A Bowie Sept. 3, would pitch in relief for the Baysox. Bowie and Class-A Frederick have both qualified for the playoffs. ... Showalter said he would like to add additional players from Triple-A Norfolk, whose season ended Sept. 4, but may not because of a lack of space on the 40-man roster. ... The Orioles will hold a minicamp in Sarasota, Fla. beginning Sept. 8 to keep players from Norfolk ready in case they're needed for the Orioles. ... Bowie OF DJ Stewart was named the Orioles' Organizational Player of the Month for August. ... Short-Season RHP Michael Baumann was named the Orioles' Organizational Pitcher of the Month. ... RHP Jeremy Hellickson (8-8, 5.15) faces LHP CC Sabathia (11-5, 3.71) Sept. 5. ... RHP Hunter Harvey allowed two runs on three hits in three innings for Low-A Delmarva in his final start of 2017. Harvey struck out five and walked one.