Kevin Gausman said he knew it was going to be a good day for him as soon as he donned his Superman socks. Once he put those special socks on, Gausman was truly the man of steel for the Orioles.

Following a subpar first major league start by T.J. McFarland, Gausman came to the rescue and threw a dazzling 4 1/3 innings, limiting the New York Yankees to three hits and lifted the Orioles to a 4-3 win before 40,041 at Oriole Park on Friday night.

All week, it seemed that Gausman, who was recalled on Monday, was being prepped for a start against the Yankees. Manager Buck Showalter decided that T.J. McFarland, not Gausman, would give his team the best chance to beat New York.

After McFarland left with a 3-0 deficit, Gausman came on and delivered a four strikeout performance with a new way of motivating himself.

“I was thinking last night about what the best relievers have and they have that bulldog mentality. That’s something I definitely tried to kind of do today,” Gausman said.

Gausman (1-3) hadn’t pitched in nine days and threw 55 pitches and didn’t walk a batter.

"Sometimes, when you put young pitchers in a come-to-the-rescue mode, there's a little different culture [when] they come into in a game,” Showalter said.

Nate McLouth’s fifth home run of the year with two outs in the seventh off CC Sabathia (8-6) was the big hit.

It hugged the right field line, and was his fifth of the season and his first since May 21 when his 10th inning shot beat New York (42-37). It evoked memories of McLouth’s ball in Game 5 of last October’s American League Division Series game at Yankee Stadium. That ball was called foul.
This one wasn’t.

“I wasn’t even out of the batter’s box before I thought that. Off the bat, I knew it had the distance, it just stayed true. It stayed straight, and I was happy about that,” McLouth said.