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Yankees edge A’s in 10, Orioles top Red Sox

Sep 21, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

CC Sabathia Reuters

The Yankees and Orioles kept rolling tonight, maintaining one game of separation in the AL East.

The Yankees beat the A’s 2-1 in 10 innings on a Russell Martin home run. Rafael Soriano blew a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth by serving up a home run on a slider to Brandon Moss, but the Yankees were able to come right back on Martin’s 18th homer of the year.

Soriano’s fourth blown save cost CC Sabathia a win after his best outing in months. The left-hander showed increased velocity while limiting the A’s to three hits and striking out 11 in eight innings tonight. Perhaps he’s truly put his elbow problems in the past now.

Also unlucky was Jarrod Parker, who pitched eight innings of one-run ball in a sterling effort. He struck out seven and walked none in his first start at Yankee Stadium. He’d have a great Rookie of the Year case in pretty much any season except the Year of Trout. Parker is 11-8 with a 3.40 ERA and just nine homers allowed through 27 starts.

The Orioles topped the Red Sox 4-2, with Matt Wieters driving in three runs against Jon Lester.  Miguel Gonzalez, a former Rule 5 pick by Boston who never pitched for the team, beat the Red Sox for the second time this season.

There was a scary moment in the ninth, as Mark Melancon drilled Robert Andino in the helmet with a mid-90s fastball. Fortunately, Andino appeared more angry than hurt, yet he did come out of the game. Both teams were warned afterwards, though it was the first HBP of the game. As you may remember, Andino had the hit that ended Boston’s season in 2012. It’s hard to imagine Melancon was looking for revenge, though; he was still an Astro when that happened.

The Orioles, with way too much on the line in a close game, didn’t respond in the bottom half of the ninth.

The wins put the Yankees at 87-63 and the Orioles at 86-64. The A’s are 85-65 and still in very good position to claim a wild card spot barring a meltdown. At worst, they’ll end the night 3 1/2 games ahead of the Angels.

  1. chill1184 - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    I think the AL East crown will go down to the wire, these Orioles got some big fight in them.

  2. surefooted1 - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    The Orioles are1 game back, not .5.

  3. randygnyc - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    The orioles finish the season with 3 games against Tampa Bay. Those will be make or break for the orioles. Meanwhile, the Yankees finish with 3 against the festering disease that is the red sox.

    • Glenn - Sep 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      … who have every reason to play hard after a lost season.

      • uyf1950 - Sep 22, 2012 at 6:43 AM

        Glen, hopefully the Red Sox have had every reason to play hard every game if for no other reason then pride. After all they are or should I say professionals.

        I hope you don’t think or aren’t implying that the Red Sox players as a team are a bunch of quitters. What would that say about not only the team but the entire organization as a whole?

    • mickeylolich1968 - Sep 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      As a sox fan I strongly object to the term “festering disease”.
      BECAUSE they are not…um, not really…ugh…well…they’re….
      Well, at least they’re no longer festering at this point.

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