Even a seven-homer slugfest was not enough to make anyone forget what was really important about the Orioles' 11-10 loss to the New York Yankees on a steamy Monday afternoon in the Bronx.

Struggling pitcher Brian Matusz may have used up his last lifeline.

Matusz was hoping that a trip to Yankee Stadium might be an elixir after five straight outings in which he had surrendered five or more earned runs. He had always pitched well here, and had a 2.10 ERA in four career starts at a stadium that has long been a house of horrors for the rest of his Orioles teammates.

Now, he can join the club. The O's staked him to a 5-2 lead in the top of the second inning, but the Yankees batted around to score six times in the bottom of the second to knock him out of the game. The 1 1/3-inning performance equaled the shortest non-injury outing of his young — and seemingly endangered — career.

The only question left is how long manager Buck Showalter is going to let this go on. Matusz raised his ERA to a frightening 9.84 and made a pretty strong case for getting the rest of the season off.