A favorite phrase of Joe Girardi's is "I'm not going to make too much" of one game or series during the course of the long season.
It fit perfectly Saturday.
Entering the day, Girardi's club had won 16 out of 21 games, so a bad outing by fill-in starter Chase Whitley in a 6-2 loss to the Orioles in front of 41,280 at the Stadium hardly gave reason for hand-wringing or panic.
As another well-worn phrase goes: just one of those days.
Both for Whitley, who had not allowed a homer in five combined starts between the minors and the majors but allowed three Saturday, and the Yankees' offense, limited to one run and five hits in seven innings by lefthander Wei-Yin Chen.
"You're going to lose games," said Chase Headley, who went 1-for-4 and made two diving stops on grounders that saved Whitley from an even worse fate. "We didn't give it to them, they came out and beat us."
The Yankees (19-12), winners of the first two games of the series, had eight hits compared with nine for the Orioles (13-15).
Whitley, 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA in two starts since taking Masahiro Tanaka's spot, gave up five runs and six hits, three of them home runs by Jimmy Paredes (three hits), Chris Davis and Alejandro De Aza.
All three were laser shots into the seats. "Hopefully the fans' hands are OK," Whitley said with a smile.
Chen walked one and struck out seven. "He threw the ball well," Brett Gardner (1-for-5) said of Chen, who came in 2-4 with a 5.18 ERA in 10 career starts versus the Yankees. "He really worked in and out and kept us off balance."
Girardi felt his club, which stranded nine, didn't always swing at strikes.
"He [Chen] got us to chase up in the zone a little bit today," Girardi said. "That's the one thing I talked about that you need to lay off against him. He was ahead in the count and got us to chase."
Whitley struck out five in the first 22/3 innings before Paredes, hitting .347 (25-for-72) with five homers, five doubles, three triples and 15 RBIs in 17 games since being activated from the DL, took him deep to make it 1-0.
With one out in the fourth, Davis jumped on a fastball and sent it to right for his seventh homer of the season, making it 2-0. Whitley hit the next batter, Steve Pearce, and after J.J. Hardy flied out, De Aza tore into a 2-and-2 pitch and hammered it to right for his third homer of the year, making it 4-0.
After the Orioles made it 5-0 in the top of the fifth -- Delmon Young's single brought in Manny Machado, who led off with a double -- the Yankees got their second runner of the day to second base in the bottom half.
Headley ended a streak of nine straight retired by Chen with a one-out single and went to third on Stephen Drew's double into the rightfield corner.
Catcher John Ryan Murphy got Headley home with a sacrifice fly, making it 5-1.
But Young collected his second RBI of the day in the seventh against David Carpenter, doubling in Paredes, who tripled, to make it 6-1.
The Yankees scored an unearned run off Tommy Hunter in the eighth, getting a two-out RBI single from Carlos Beltran to cut the deficit to 6-2.
"You tip your cap when the other team wins the game," Headley said. "But you come out tomorrow and hopefully win the series."