The New York Yankees win a wild one to take the series over the Baltimore Orioles
The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night. The final score was 6-5 and the game took place at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Phil Hughes started and pitched 3+ innings and then David Huff did the same. They combined for six effective innings. David Robertson had a rough eighth but Mariano Rivera nailed down the win. Alfonso Soriano had a couple of hits and a couple of very good catches.
Hughes pitched three innings giving up three hits and a run with three strikeouts. Huff pitched three innings giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout, Adam Warren pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a walk and Cesar Cabral pitched to one batter and retired him. Robertson pitched an inning giving up four hits and three runs with two strikeouts and Rivera picked up his sixth win of the season pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He didn’t get the save because the official scorer deemed that Robertson struggled and shouldn’t get the win.
Curtis Granderson had a hit and an RBI, Alex Rodriguez drew three walks and Soriano had two hits. Robinson Cano had a hit and drew a walk, Vernon Wells had a hit and two RBI and Eduardo Nunez had a hit. Mark Reynolds had a hit and two RBI, Brendan Ryan had a hit and Soriano hit a double. Reynolds and Granderson each hit a homerun and the Yankees were 1-6 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Nunez committed an error.
Wei-Yin Chen pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up seven hits and five runs with two walks and nine strikeouts. Josh Stinson pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up a walk and striking out one and Jim Johnson lost his eighth game of the season pitching an inning giving up a hit and an unearned run, which was his fault. He walked one committed his own error and threw a wild pitch.
Manny Machado had a hit and an RBI, Chris Davis had two hits and Adam Jones had a hit. Nick Markakis had two hits and an RBI, Danny Valencia had a hit and three RBI and J.J. Hardy had two hits. Matt Wieters had a hit and drew a walk, Hardy hit a double and Markakis and Valencia each hit a homerun. The Orioles were 2-6 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.
In the second Reynolds hit a two run homerun to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. In the third Wells hit a two run single to increase the lead to 4-0. The Orioles got on the board in the third on a Machado RBI single. It was 4-1 Yankees and then Granderson hit a solo homerun in the seventh to push the lead to 5-1. The Orioles cut the lead to 5-2 in the seventh on a Markakis solo homerun. The Orioles tied the game at five in the eighth on a Valencia three run homerun. The Yankees took the lead in the ninth on a wild pitch by Johnson which was set up by an errant throw into center setting up another bunt to make it second and third one out. The final score was 6-5 and the Yankees took the series three out of four games.
The Yankees record improved to 79-68 and the Orioles record fell to 77-69. The Yankees will now head to Boston for a three game series. The Yankees remain one game out of the second wild card and three behind Texas for the first wild card. The Yankees schedule after these next three games is pretty easy and they play the Rays three games at home.