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Hardy, Orioles beat Yankees in 13th, force Game 5

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- These Birds don't rattle easily.

A day after a demoralizing defeat, the Baltimore Orioles won a
test of wills and Game 4 of the AL division series, bouncing
back to outlast the New York Yankees 2-1 in 13 innings Thursday
night on J.J. Hardy's RBI double.

Now, after playing past midnight to even things, the Orioles
will get a chance to finally overtake the Yankees in a
winner-take-all Game 5 Friday. The teams have already split 22
games this year, and it all comes down this: a matchup for a
spot in the AL championship series against Detroit.

"We just kept telling ourselves, this is not the last night of
the season," Hardy said.

Game 1 winner CC Sabathia was set to pitch the deciding game for
the Yankees against Jason Hammel.

With the innings and hours piling up, the Orioles were 0 for 8
with runners in scoring position until Hardy doubled off David
Phelps with one out to score Manny Machado, who had doubled.

"There hasn't been a whole lot of opportunities to score runs,"
Hardy said, "so when there are those opportunities, I think
we're trying a little bit too hard."

Phelps had relieved in the 12th after Joba Chamberlain was hit
by a flying broken bat, forcing him to leave with a bruised
right elbow.

Jim Johnson returned from allowing Raul Ibanez's pinch-hit homer
in the ninth inning Wednesday to earn his second save in the
series with a perfect 13th.

"I don't take for granted at any time what these guys are
accomplishing so far," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
"They know that. I have so much respect for our guys."

Hours after learning Joe Girardi had kept quiet that his father
died last Saturday, the Yankees couldn't rally late. This time,
Girardi called upon Eric Chavez to pinch hit for slumping Alex
Rodriguez. He lined out to third base to end it.

Baltimore's win pushed all four division series to five games
for the first time since the round began in 1995.

The Orioles have been pursuing the Yankees all season, cutting a
10-game deficit in July to zero in early September. Baltimore
and New York were tied 10 times atop the East in the final month
but the Yankees never completely relinquished the lead and
wrapped up the division on the final night of the regular

Baltimore advanced to the division series with a win over the
West champion Texas Rangers in the wild-card playoff.

"You know, we played an elimination game last week to start our
postseason. It's like a Game 7," reliever Darren O'Day said. "I
think we all got as much playoff experience as we need,
especially considering how many times we've played them this
year. And tonight was an elimination game and tomorrow will be
another one"

After dropping Game 1, the Orioles rebounded with another
one-run win in a season in which they had the best record in the
majors in such games at 29-9. But they lost in stunning fashion
in 12 innings Wednesday night, when Ibanez homered twice in his
two at-bats after pinch-hitting for Rodriguez.

Didn't affect these late-inning savants.

They came right back Thursday for their first win in extras
against the Yankees this year. They also lost twice to New York
in extra innings in the regular season before going on a run of
16 straight wins after the ninth inning.

It wasn't easy, though. Nate McLouth homered off Phil Hughes to
start the fifth, but Baltimore wasted three shots with a runner
on third base in the first four innings. They struggled against
New York's bullpen.

McLouth also made a leaping catch against the left-field wall to
save a run.

Matt Wieters knocked Chamberlain out of the game with a
broken-bat single to lead off the 12th inning that struck his
surgically repaired right elbow. Fans sat silent as Chamberlain
bent over in pain. He was checked out by trainer Steve Donahue
and Girardi.

Chamberlain tested the elbow with three pitches before walking
off the field. X-rays were negative. He's not sure if he'll be
available for Game 5.

"You kind of see how it feels and go from there," Chamberlain
said. "It's definitely not as stiff as it was when it first

Many of the Orioles gathered near their bat rack in the dugout
for an impromptu cheer before the 13th and Machado then led off
with a double.

One out later, Hardy hit a one-bouncer off the wall in left
field for his first RBI of the series.

The hit came after another Orioles quirk - the players held
Gatorade bottles and wiggled them in the dugout, trying to
conjure up a rally.

Showalter professed confidence in the 51-save Johnson before the
game. He backed it up by calling on him for his fourth
appearance of the series. He lost the opener after giving up
five runs in the ninth and sandwiched saves around his trying
homer to Ibanez.

Seven Baltimore relievers pitched 7 1-3 innings of four-hit

"There's really good pitching," Girardi said. "You're seeing
some really good pitching in these four games."

Baltimore needs it because their top hitters are missing a lot.
Mark Reynolds is 3 for 16. Hardy is 3 for 18. Wieters is 2 for
17 and Adam Jones is 2 for 19.

The Yankees held a moment of silence for Girardi's dad, Jerry,
who died Saturday at 81 and had a long bout with Alzheimer's.
Joe Girardi stood alone in front of the Yankees dugout and wiped
his eyes after the national anthem. He blew a kiss to someone in
the stands, then fist bumped several coaches and players.

Facing elimination for the second time this postseason,
Showalter turned again to Joe Saunders. Acquired by Baltimore on
Aug. 26 from Arizona, Saunders pitched 5 2-3 innings of one-run
ball in the wild-card win over Texas.

He was just as crafty against New York, engaging with Phil
Hughes in a duel of who could get out of the tougher jam.

The Yankees put a runner on in every inning against Saunders but
failed to score until the sixth.

Derek Jeter lined an outside pitch to right field for a leadoff
double in sixth, showing no ill effects of a bruised left foot
that kept him from playing shortstop in the postseason for the
first time in his career.

He advanced on Ichiro Suzuki's sacrifice and scored on Robinson
Cano's grounder to second. Showalter then lifted Saunders for
right-hander Tommy Hunter to face Rodriguez. A-Rod struck out to
loud boos and tossed his bat.

NOTES: Highlights of Ibanez's two homers in Game 3 received loud
cheers each time the clips were showed on the video board. ...
Curtis Granderson has struck out nine times in 16 at-bats this
postseason. ... Hughes and Saunders combined to walk seven after
there were no walks Wednesday in 12 innings. ... Jeter got his
199th postseason hit.

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