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Yankees, Orioles eek out one-run wins to preserve AL East tie

Sep 12, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

Nate McLouth

The Orioles got a walkoff win over the Rays in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday, and the Yankees held on against the Red Sox to keep pace in the AL East.

Baltimore won 3-2 on a Nate McLouth “single” off the right field wall that scored Manny Machado with one out in the ninth, handing Kyle Farnsworth a loss.

Machado, a rookie still supposedly learning the ins and outs of third base after moving over from shortstop upon being promoted, made an outstanding heads-up play to help preserve the tie in the top of the ninth (video). With two outs and pinch-runner Rich Thompson on second, Evan Longoria hit a slow roller down the third-base line, one that was too slow for Machado to make a play on. However, shortstop J.J. Hardy followed the runner from second to third and was in the perfect spot when Machado whirled and fired to third, catching Thompson having rounded the bag.

The Yankees won their game 5-4 a bit later. Curtis Granderson homered twice and Robinson Cano went deep once, accounting for all five Yankees runs. The Red Sox rallied from 5-1 down with two runs in the seventh and then a Jarrod Saltalamacchia solo shot in the ninth. They weren’t far away from making it back-to-back homers off Rafael Soriano in the ninth, but Daniel Nava‘s high fly to left was caught by Chris Dickerson at the wall.

New York’s win may have been costly, as Derek Jeter left with a bone bruise in his left ankle after coming down awkwardly on the first-base bag in the eighth. There was also a collision at first an inning later, with Alex Rodriguez running over James Loney after Andrew Miller‘s wild throw pulled the first baseman into the baseline. Fortunately, both players were able to stay in, though Loney hurt his left shoulder on the play.

Boston’s Cody Ross was ejected from the game in the eighth for arguing a called third strike on a breaking ball that looked low and outside. Bobby Valentine backed his player and was tossed himself, giving himself a new Red Sox single-season record with six ejections in a season.

With the wins tonight, the Orioles and Yankees are both 80-62. The Rays have fallen three games back of both at 77-65.

  1. ronswansonsdinner - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Congrats to the O’s. 26-7 in one run games isn’t luck. This is Farnsworth’s 4th loss in 12 games I believe. Just don’t have the hitters to make a run or one that can make a playoff run. If a team scores more than 2 runs against the Rays, it’s basically game over.

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      In a 162 game season you can never blame missing the playoffs on just one factor, but if we do end up missing there’s no doubt that Maddon’s insistence on keeping Shelton on board as hitting coach will be the biggest. This team is flat out awful in one run games, and it’s because they simply can’t hit consistently. 11 men left on base last night, and most of the hitters didn’t even have a clue on how they planned on approaching their at bats. Outside of Fuld, Keppinger, Upton, and occasionally Longoria, everyone is trying to hit a homerun regardless of the situation.

      No one’s suggesting this roster should be great offensively, but there’s enough talent to be around league average. And if they were, we’d be running away with the division with the pitching staff we have.

  2. seeinred87 - Sep 13, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    I hate to be that guy (I’m not sure if I do really), but they most certainly eked their wins out.

    • geoknows - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      EEK! I can’t resist either…it should be EKE.

  3. randomdigits - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    You left out Machado’s pump fake to first.

  4. moogro - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    “Eke out” needs to go. It’s word origin comes from “to increase or augment” and has nothing to do with a narrow escape or whatever is in the mind of people who use it.

    It always meant to augment or supplement (income) through great effort or extra work or a second job, until the last 20 years or so or misuse made the dictionaries reluctantly accommodate it’s misuse. The most flexible reading, which is almost an inversion: 4. eke out – obtain with difficulty; “He eked out some information from the archives” was added later because of it’s general misuse usually in sports writing referring to a situation of “barely winning with difficulty.”

    It’s basically peer pressure and fear that caused this misuse to spread. A fear of not wanting to use the more accurate words that the writer is thinking, which is “squeeze out” or even “squeak out” a win, because these words don’t seem thoughtful or macho, or open the writer up to sex jokes or other snarky language.

    It’s OK to say “narrowly win” or “barely win” or some other choice of words. Practice it. After a while, you won’t feel the need to write “eke out,” unless you really mean it.

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