BALTIMORE -- CC Sabathia was looking for career win No. 200. He had a no-hitter through five innings. In the sixth, he allowed the Orioles a hit and then allowed them to tie the score at three. In the seventh, he gave up a solo shot, which was the difference in a 4-3 loss. The Yankees have now lost three in a row.
WHAT IT MEANS: CC had a major meltdown -- on and off the mound.
Sabathia mowed down the Orioles in the first five innings, not allowing a hit or a walk. Everything was going swimmingly until the sixth. Nate McLouth hit a hard line drive to center for the first Orioles hit of the game.
The no-hitter was over, but Sabathia still had a three-run lead. He couldn't hold it. Next, Alexi Casilla hit a nubber and inexperienced first baseman David Adams charged, even though he should have stayed at first and let Sabathia field it. Sabathia did make the play, but when he went to throw to first, the base was vacant.
An out later, Manny Machado stepped to the plate and did what Manny Machado does. The doubles machine hit another, his 37th of the season, scoring two runs. In comparison, the Yankees have just 107 doubles as a team.
After Machado moved to third on a fly out, Adam Jones hit a squibber. Sabathia bounded off the mound again and Adams covered this time, but Sabathia's whirling dervish throw was off line and would have been late regardless. The game was tied at three.
In the seventh, McLouth hit a solo shot over the tall wall in right. It was not hit particularly well and CC crouched on the mound, looking as if he were to trying wish it back into the ballpark. But out it went.
Sabathia left the mound at the end of the seventh in a bad mood. When he arrived in the dugout, he fired his glove into the bench like he was trying to throw a 100 mph heater and then followed it by flipping his hat off in disgust. Sabathia knew what he had, knew what he lost and knows, if the Yankees are going to do anything this season, he needs to be the ace.
The Yankees had seven hits in the first three innings. If you didn't see it, you may not believe it, but they did, chasing lefty starter T.J. McFarland in the third inning.
In the first, Brett Gardner led off with a double and came home on a sharp Robinson Cano RBI single. In the third, Jayson Nix, Cano and Vernon Wells -- yes, that Vernon Wells -- all singled to begin the inning. Wells' single brought home Nix.
Chris Stewart would hit a soft RBI single and that would be it for McFarland. The Yankees had given Sabathia three runs.
THEN THEY STOPPED: From the fourth inning on, the Yankees had only three hits and scored no runs.
QUESTION: Yes, the offense stopped hitting, but was Friday night's loss all on CC?