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10/09/2012 3:34 AM EDT
Orioles show resiliency in 3-2 win over Yankees
BALTIMORE 3, NY YANKEES 2
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The New York Yankees now must grudgingly
acknowledge that these aren't the same Baltimore Orioles they
used to knock around with merciless ease.
Rookie Wie-Yin Chen outpitched 40-year-old Andy Pettitte, and
the resilient Orioles beat the Yankees 3-2 Monday night to even
their best-of-five AL playoff series at a game apiece.
Game 3 will be held Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Baltimore fell apart in the ninth inning of the opener Sunday,
allowing five runs in a 7-2 defeat. Instead of wilting under the
pressure of having to come from behind against the mighty
Yankees on Monday, the Orioles stood strong.
"I think that's been big for us all year, the fact that we've
been able to put our losses and obviously our low points behind
us, really learn from them and bounce back," said right fielder
Chris Davis, who had two RBIs.
Before this year, the Orioles endured 14 straight losing seasons
and were 79-140 against the Yankees over that span. But during
this wildly successful comeback season, Baltimore has thus far
split 20 games with New York.
"They have a good team," Yankees captain Derek Jeter conceded.
"It seemed like Baltimore and us have kind of gone back and
forth all year and that's what we did here," Yankees manager Joe
Baltimore's turnaround from Game 1 was typified by the
performance of closer Jim Johnson, who yielded all five of those
ninth-inning runs on Sunday before finishing Monday's game with
a 1-2-3 ninth.
"(Sunday) night was just a hiccup," Baltimore first baseman Mark
Reynolds said. "He obviously showed what he was capable of
Afterward, Orioles owner Peter Angelos made a rare appearance,
shaking hands with virtually every player he came across in the
"It's always good to see the man that signs your check," center
fielder Adam Jones said. "I think it means a lot to him and it
obviously means a lot to the players to see the owner
appreciates you going out there and busting your tail for him,
for the organization and for the city."
The Yankees, by virtue of finishing two games ahead of the
Orioles in the AL East, have home-field advantage and will host
the remainder of the games in the series. But Baltimore won all
three series at Yankee Stadium and won't be intimidated by
playing there for the right to advance to the AL championship
"I think the biggest thing for us is we feel comfortable playing
in New York," Davis said.
Hiroki Kuroda will start for New York against rookie Miguel
Gonzalez, who was 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in two starts in the Bronx
this season, striking out 17 and walking only one in 13 2-3
In Game 2, the Orioles used the same formula that got them into
the postseason: a magnificent bullpen and an ability to win
tight games. Baltimore was 29-9 in one-run decisions during the
regular season and 74-0 when leading after seven innings.
"I think having our bullpen having been as consistent as it has
been gives us that confidence in these one-run games," Reynolds
said. "Overall, we had the confidence today. Going into the
ninth inning with a lead, we knew we were going to win."
Chen gave up two runs, one earned, and eight hits over 6 1-3
innings. The Taiwan native, who pitched previously in Japan, was
1-2 with a 5.25 ERA in four outings against New York this
season, including two in September in which he yielded a total
of 11 runs over 11 1-3 innings.
"Chen did a good job of keeping us in the game," Davis said. "To
hold that offense to two runs is saying something, and we were
able to get timely hits when we needed it."
Chen left with a 3-2 lead, and the bullpen made it stand up.
Johnson retired Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki on grounders and
struck out Alex Rodriguez to end it in front of a rollicking
crowd at Camden Yards.
Much earlier, Suzuki's deft dancing at the plate put the Yankees
Pettitte, whose 19 wins and 43 starts are the most in postseason
history, allowed three runs and seven hits in seven-plus
"I thought he pitched a really, really good game," Girardi said.
"I thought he had really good command of his fastball, his
curveball, really all his pitches."
Pettitte came out of retirement before this season hoping to
pitch again in the playoffs. He was effective; Chen was just
"It's a playoff game," Pettitte said. "If you give up too many
runs, that number doesn't have to get too high until you know
you're going to get a loss."
Pettitte, however, got little offensive backing. New York
stranded 10 and went 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
"They were tough. We weren't able to get the big hits with
runners in scoring position," Pettitte said. "It was a
frustrating game and one you hate to lose. It would have been
nice to get this one, that's for sure."
After Davis hit a two-run single to put Baltimore up 2-1 in the
third inning, Matt Wieters led off the sixth with a double and
scored on a single by Reynolds to make it 3-1.
But New York came right back in the seventh. Eduardo Nunez got a
double when Davis couldn't catch his blooper to right and Jeter
followed with an RBI single. After Suzuki hit into a fielder's
choice, Darren O'Day replaced Chen and struck out Rodriguez as
Suzuki stole second. Brian Matusz came in and issued an
intentional walk to Robinson Cano to set up a matchup with Nick
Swisher was 1 for 18 lifetime against Matusz and 1 for his last
32 in postseason play with runners in scoring position. A wild
pitch moved up the runners, but the percentages held up, as
Swisher hit a routine fly ball to left.
The Yankees used the nifty footwork of Suzuki to take a 1-0
first-inning lead, and it had nothing to do with his speed on
Jeter led off the game with a single and Suzuki reached when
Reynolds fumbled a bare-hand pickup at first base for an error.
Rodriguez hit a low line drive at second baseman Robert Andino,
who caught it and doubled up Jeter. Cano followed with a drive
to the base of the right-field wall for a double. The relay from
Davis to Andino to Wieters beat Suzuki to the plate by plenty,
but he dodged the tag coming toward home.
Suzuki then circled around the batter's box, juked around the
catcher's desperate lunge and touched the plate an instant
before Wieters' glove found its mark.
Pettitte retired the first eight batters before Andino hit a
bloop single with two outs in the third. Nate McLouth also
singled, and a four-pitch walk to J.J. Hardy loaded the bases
for Davis, who lined a single to right.
Jones followed by grounding a single just beyond the reach of
Jeter at shortstop, but Hardy stopped at third after failing to
spot third-base coach DeMarlo Hale waving him home. Wieters then
popped out with the bases loaded.
In the fourth, the Yankees used two singles and a walk to load
the bases with one out. Nunez popped out before Jeter bounced
into a forceout.
NOTES: It was the 16th start in a Game 2 for Pettitte, most in
baseball history ahead of Tom Glavine (11). ... NY 1B Mark
Teixeira let a ball go through his legs in the fifth inning for
an error, matching his total for the entire regular season. ...
Chen was 2-5 with 3.59 ERA in 10 postseason starts in Japan. He
participated in the playoffs from 2008-11. ... Suzuki has
reached safely in all 12 of his playoff games. ... Cano has 19
RBIs in 18 postseason games.
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