NEW YORK — Gio Urshela raced home and slid head first, but Anthony Santander's throw was right on target to nail him at the plate.
That's how the Yankees' 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Orioles ended Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, with Baltimore managing to scratch out the runs it needed in extra innings to secure the win and avoid a sweep.
The Orioles took a one-run lead in the 10th when Santander, the automatic runner, scored on a throwing error by Gleyber Torres.
The Yankees tied it back up again in the bottom of the inning when Kyle Higashioka drove in Tyler Wade, but the Orioles re-took the lead in the 11th.
This time, they managed to hold onto it.
Jameson Taillon started a big-league game for the first time in nearly two years after a long recovery from his second Tommy John Surgery. He gave up two solo home runs in the fourth, but those were the lone mistakes he made in 4⅔ innings.
The bullpen took over and stifled the Orioles' lineup to keep the Yankees' deficit to one run until they eventually tied it in the eighth.
Gary Sanchez singled to left and Mike Tauchman replaced him as a pinch-runner. Gio Urshela drove Tauchman in with a double, with Tauchman sliding head first into home to just beat the relay throw and even the score at 2.
The Yankees were without Aaron Judge, who had gotten off to an 8-of-22 start and had home runs in each of the previous two games, after he was held out of the starting lineup because of soreness in his side. Boone said before the game that he wanted to get the outfielder rest, and the off day will give him even more.