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Mark Reynolds does it again as Orioles top Yankees

Sep 6, 2012, 10:57 PM EDT

Mark Reynolds, Ichiro Suzuki Getty Images

There’s once again a tie atop the AL East standings.

The Orioles used six homers, including two more from Mark Reynolds, to ward off a big eighth-inning comeback and beat the Yankees 10-6 on Thursday.

The Bombers scored five times in the top of the eighth without the benefit of a homer to even the game up at 6, but the Orioles roared right back with three homers in the bottom of the frame. Two of them came off David Robertson, who failed to get an out and took the loss to drop to 1-6 on the year.

It was the Orioles’ first six-homer game since Aug. 28, 2007 against the Rays.

Reynolds’ two-homer game was his third in a week against the Yankees, as he also went deep twice in wins at Yankee Stadium on Friday and Sunday. He joins Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg as just the second player ever to have three two-homer games against the Yankees in the same season. Greenberg did it for the Tigers in 1938.

Also going yard for the Orioles were Matt Wieters, Robert Andino, Adam Jones and Chris Davis. Jones had the tiebreaker in the bottom of the eighth, making it a 7-6 game. Reynolds and Davis later went back-to-back in the frame.

Reynolds also homered twice against the Blue Jays this week, so he has eight home runs in his last seven games. He had just 12 in 103 games through Aug. 30.

The Yankees and Orioles are set for three more games at Camden Yards, so barring a rainout, the tie atop the standings won’t survive the weekend. Phil Hughes and Wei-Yin Chen will battle in Friday’s game.

  1. dondada10 - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Great game, good for the O’s.

  2. thatyankeedude - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    This makes me sick.

    • Old Gator - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

      It ought to. The Borg have been playing inexcusably uninspired designatedhitterball for the past month or so. Their fans may not want to use the word “collapse” because of the time frame, and I understand that. They’re more like an old tire whose slow leak has finally caught up with it.

    • jrbdmb - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      Red Sox Nation says welcome to our world. Better check the Yanks clubhouse for unauthorized fried chicken and beer.

  3. rockthered1286 - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Thanks yanks!

  4. mazblast - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    THEEEEE YANKEEEEEEESSS LOOOOOOOOOSSSSSE

    That almost always feels good to say.

  5. hittfamily - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    The O’s are in first and Barrack will get re-elected. Pat Robertson is currently speaking to god and having visions of the world ending. Someone out there who is watching the 700 club will have their knee pain relieved, but only after the world ends.

    • keithbangedyermom - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      For the love of God, could we please leave politics off this board? Please?

      • hittfamily - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:21 PM

        Nope. And hittfamilybangedyermom too

      • pisano - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:42 PM

        Amen to that, it’s bad enough we have to have this con artist as a so-called president, please lets not show our ignorance by admitting to it.

      • mazblast - Sep 7, 2012 at 3:02 AM

        Aw, come on. The Pat Robertson part was funny.

  6. yanks33 - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Absolutley pitiful,the yankees need to pack it in and just give up, Robertson with a 1-6 record with another crap performance, idc if his era is under 3 he always gives up a home run to lose his team the game

  7. osnation - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Did someone say something about run differential mattering?

    • paperlions - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      You are right, it doesn’t. That’s why every team except for the Orioles that has a negative run differential has a losing record, and every team with a positive run differential has a winning record except for Arizona and Milwaukee, who are only 2 and 3 games under .500.

      Run differential is a strong indicator of team quality, as teams have little control over the distribution of runs among their games, but of course rare events happen. I am enjoying the hell out of the Orioles kicking the Yankees asses, but if they are outscored by opponents next year, they are still likely to have a losing record.

  8. spedman24 - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Yankees are not very good. Martin .199, Tex always hurts/awful in PS, Cano awesome, Jeter singles hitter, Arod power is out the window, Ichiro past prime, Grandy .230, Ibaniez SHOT. CC looks hurt, Asian pitcher average, Hughes enigma, rest of staff trash, bullpen disaster other than Soriano. Joe Giardi over manages. They are an average team at best. Need a lot of youth..GO O’s, GO RAYS, GO RANGERS, GO A’S, WHITESOX, DETROIT

  9. charmcityravens - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Mark “Yankee Slayer” Reynolds for Mayor ’12! 6 HRs in last 4 games against the Evil Empire!

    • pisano - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      Do you think he’ll keep his strikeout total under 200 this year?

      • mazblast - Sep 7, 2012 at 3:04 AM

        If the Orioles make the playoffs, I doubt that anyone in Baltimore will care. Winning covers all faults.

  10. thatyankeedude - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Ok yes this made me sick but I would like to point out that in the 2000 season the yankees had lost something like 16 of 18 at one point and I believe it was towards the end of the season. They go on to play a hot team in the A’s, beat them and win a 26th championship. This team has better players, showed some fight tonight, and look like they can recover. If the Yankees stay cold now and turn it on a few weeks before the seasons end look out because all of a sudden we won’t be discussing the status of the Yankees but as always we will discuss what the Yankees did to turn things around. Just give it a little time after all it is the New York Yankees.

    • mazblast - Sep 7, 2012 at 3:07 AM

      Past results are no indicator of future performance.

      • paperlions - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:11 AM

        Sure they are (for example, our expectations of player performance are all based on what they have done in the past, weighting the recent past more, and generally expectations are met)…..of course, the 2000 Yankees have pretty much nothing to do with the 2012 Yankees, so that comparison is pretty silly.

    • rockthered1286 - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      While this may true, you also have to realize back then, the Yanks didn’t have nearly as much talent to compete with, not only in this division but the entire AL. To be honest, if you look at teams on paper, Yanks have the best team in the AL Beast. BUT, if you watch actual games, they play at alevel below the O’s and Rays. There’s no flare. No fire. No sense of urgency. They seem very complacent with their record, and in no way should they be. It’s almost like the have the same mentality of “after all, it’s the NY Yankees.”

      And how do they have better players? I think you mean more expensive players. Tex is playing at the level of Chris Davis. Chris freaking Davis. Other than that you have single machines in Ichiro and Jeter, Chavez playing well, then a ton of silent bats, or at best, inconsistent.The O’s have the 3rd best BP in the bigs, Yanks 7th (after last night I’m sure both dropped a spot). Yanks starters have been either inconsistent or injured throughout the year. I can’t remember which sports reporter said it but “If you’re playoff hopes rest on a 60 something year old Petite returning from injury, you’re in trouble.”

      Not saying they won’t make it. It’s obviously still very likely. But there’s no assurance in the fact that they had a cold streak 12 years ago and won the WS.

  11. raysfan1 - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Keep it up, O’s! Until you play the Rays of course.

  12. DJ MC - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    I was at that game, and it was the best sporting event I have ever seen live, in any sport.

    The crowd was loud and happy for almost the entire game, but when Jones came up and hit that homer, I thought the Yard was going to come tumblin’ down. Add Reynolds and Davis, and it only got louder.

    I’m still hyped up two-plus hours later, eating ice cream to sooth my throat and wincing as I type because my hands hurt so bad from clapping.

    • theSC1320 - Sep 7, 2012 at 1:31 AM

      I caught on MLBtV Ichiro’s 2 run hit to tie, a few pitches to Jones then had to leave… missed the fireworks by just a few pitches!

      Hammel coming back and pitching well is huge for the O’s.

      Reynolds is paying off my Fantasy Investment in him finally. I actually thought the O’s might release him at one point this season. Dude’s locked in now!

      The comeback from the game getting tied late is huge for the O’s too, and killer for the Yanks. I’ll be watching all weekend. Go O’s!

    • daisycutter1 - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      If a regular season baseball game is your “best sporting event I have ever seen live”, that’s really, really sad.

    • bmorelikeme - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      I was also there and it was unbelievable. As a fan in my mid 20′s, my only memories of the Yard like that are from my childhood. From the moment I got into the stadium it was rocking. The atmosphere was electric.

      It honestly felt like a Ravens game versus the Steelers with the type of energy pulsing through the crowd.

  13. cur68 - Sep 7, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Hold on there Yankee fans. Its not over yet. More that just a few games remain and the Yankees have a good a chance to make the post season still. Meantime, you Orioles fans who hung in there all this time? I guess you’re having a fun, eh?

    • theeperspective - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:46 AM

      Having fun?!?! You must not have been invited to the kegger. Natty Boh was sponsering it.

  14. lazlosother - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    I have to agree with Cur, it’s not over yet. NY is capable of going on a run and they still share 1st. At the same time we’ve been watching different teams play spank the Yanks for a while now, and time is running short.

    The Orioles have been tremendous this year. You have to hand it to Showalter, he seems to be able to turn around any franchise he touches.

  15. thatyankeedude - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Not that the 2012 Yankees are the 2000 Yankees but the fact that history can and will repay itself on occasion. I believe that when the 2012 Yankees play their best baseball that they are just as good as the 2000 Yankees. It’s not really all that crazy to compare winning Yankee teams to one another because they all had a very similar style of winning, hitting home runs and supporting their pitching staff. Really my main point is that although the Yankees have had a rough patch lately the history of the Yankees shows that yes they can prevail and win another WS. After all don’t we use the past experiences to help us predict future experiences?

  16. daisycutter1 - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    This Yankee team right now is mediocre at best. They’re old, they’re injured, their bullpen is looking suspect, and Cashman did nothing really to improve them at the trade deadline.

    That said, if they make the postseason they can still win it all, just like any team that makes it there. *If* they do, that is.

    Anyway…congrats to the O’s for winning last night’s game. They’re a good team.

  17. thecrabcakestate - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Come on guys. I’m seriously tired of this run differential BS. It’s usually a good indicator, but stats don’t give context. The reason it’s in the red is that when the O’s lost this year, they were getting blown out a lot. I mean double digit runs against. They’ve won more one run games than any other team. Stats are great indicators but don’t always tell the story.

  18. thecrabcakestate - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    If bobby v’s words reached his brain before his mouth he would have realized that

  19. deathmonkey41 - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Girardi is going to insist that Robertson is his 8th inning guy even though he’s been struggling badly ever since he came back from that injury. As soon as the Yanks tied it up and Robertson was coming in, I knew he was going to give the lead right back.

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