The Baltimore Orioles are now in 4th place in the AL East with a record of 46-46 this season, averaging 4.4 runs per game and allowing 3.9 runs per game.

Rodriguez’s mammoth fifth-inning homer wound up accounting for the decisive run as the New York Yankees edged the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Wednesday night.

As for the Yankees, GM Brian Cashman told ESPN New York that the team could stand pat.

The 24-year-old righty, drafted fourth overall out of LSU in 2012, gave up Jacoby Ellsbury’s leadoff double on his fourth pitch.

As in the originally scheduled game, St. Louis and Kansas City led their league in wins and Lackey (9-5) and Chris Young (8-6) were the scheduled starters. Shortstop Didi Gregorius added an RBI single and second baseman Stephen Drew contributed an RBI double. We’re not frustrated because we’re just going out there to give it up.

“He’s just playing baseball now”, Torre said. Under no circumstances, even after a Yankees victory completed a sweep over the Orioles and left New York a season-high 12 games over.500, could an outing in which a starting pitcher allowed five home runs be considered anything less than alarming.

Right-hander Ivan Nova (2-3) made the home runs stand up, allowing two runs and three hits over six innings.

“That’s just amusing”, said catcher John Ryan Murphy, who had three hits on the day. He missed that mark in the previous four seasons due to injuries and his year-long suspension for performance-enhancing-drug use last year. “Pitchers are going to go through it, but for the most part, he’s been pretty consistent”. He struck out the side on 16 pitches and left to a standing ovation after Hardy and Machado homered in the eighth.

“You can’t tell what a fastball or split looks like”, Jones said, and then that cutter that he dealt today.

Manager Joe Girardi used his two big bullpen guns, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, in the first two games of this series and didn’t want to use them on Thursday. If the O’s put a shift on, New York batters hit against it. If they tried to dump one into the gaps, New York fielders ran it down.

It turned out to be a good choice Thursday as Tanaka and Murphy worked through 7.2 dominant innings. It’s been a completely different story since then, as he’s given up seven runs in two straight starts against Detroit and the Yankees. Whether it’s in advance or bought the day of the game, admission to see the best teams in the division are half-off. Gregorius followed with an RBI single for a 4-0 cushion. “The nice thing I think about the win is getting contributions from a lot of different guys”. He yielded only four hits, but three were solo home runs that accounted for the three runs he surrendered. The Orioles’ only run off Tanaka through seven innings was Chris Davis’ solo homer in the second. J.J.

Rodriguez walked on his first at-bat. The Orioles were awaiting the results of an MRI on INF/OF Steve Pearce’s strained left oblique before deciding whether he will join the team in Tampa Bay this weekend….

It was a tough evening for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who have lost consecutive games for the first time since June 22-23 at the Chicago Cubs.