Mazzilli looks to earn his first win against the Yankees as New York and Baltimore conclude their three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees overcame a five-run first-inning deficit to beat the Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday—their fifth straight win over Baltimore this season. New York has won seven straight overall, and 44 of its last 61 games against Baltimore.
“It’s unacceptable,” Mazzilli said. “That’s it—not good. When you’ve got a five-run lead early on, you’ve got to shut the other team down. You can’t let a five-run lead get away from you like that.”
The Orioles knocked out New York starter Jose Contreras in the first inning with the five-run outburst, but were held scoreless for 8 1-3 innings by the Yankees’ bullpen. Gary Sheffield hit a three-run homer in the first to pull the Yankees to within two, Derek Jeter homered in the fifth inning and Ruben Sierra hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the sixth.
“My mindset was just keep them at five,” Sheffield said. “With our lineup, why not think that way?”
New York has 21 come-from-behind wins, including four after trailing by at least four runs. The Yankees never came back from a four-run deficit last season.
“We’ve got the capabilities on offense,” manager Joe Torre said. “This is the type of club that if we can just stay at arm’s length, we can put points on the board.”
The Yankees hope to get a better performance out of Thursday’s starter, Javier Vazquez.
Vazquez won his second straight start Friday, allowing four earned runs and eight hits in six innings of a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The right-hander has allowed only seven runs in 19 innings in his last three starts since losing his first two outings of May.
Miguel Tejada went 2-for-5 on Wednesday for the Orioles, who have lost two straight since a four-game winning streak.