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Orioles blank Rays, but Yankees come back against Red Sox to maintain lead in AL East

Oct 2, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

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Rays righty James Shields racked up a franchise-high 15 strikeouts in a complete-game effort Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, but the Orioles were able to squeeze out a 1-0 victory thanks to a fourth-inning Chris Davis home run. It was one of only two hits that the Baltimore offense was able to muster in the game, but it provided all the scoring they would need.

The O’s Miguel Gonzalez was ace-like in his own right, punching out seven batters in 6 1/3 scoreless frames. And Jim Johnson closed it out with an easy ninth inning to earn his league-leading 51st save.

In New York, the Yankees trailed the Red Sox 3-1 entering the bottom of the ninth inning. But pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer to tie things up and then drove in Francisco Cervelli in the bottom of the 12th as the Bombers survived a minor scare and maintained their one-game lead in the AL East.

The race comes down to Wednesday. Game 162. In this wacky baseball season, it only seems right.

  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    The Yanks just won about 5 sec ago. How many versions of this article did you have ready to post? :)

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      All he had to do was plug in which Yankee drove in the walk off run in which inning.

      Not like there was any other possible outcome.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    And in other news the jays are not going to make the postseason for the 20th straight season….amazing the more things change the more they stay the same.

    • nbjays - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:19 AM

      And in other news, dirtyharry1971 is STILL acting like a useless d-bag… amazing that some things NEVER change.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:31 AM

        Thats right, just like your buddy proudly does on Yankee threads so id get used to it chump

  3. Glenn - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Go Orioles! The Sox did their best but couldn’t help. Now you need this AAA team tomorrow. Stranger things have happened – like last year.

  4. zidanevalor - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Yankees clinch the AL #1 seed with a win tomorrow (they hold the tiebreaker over the Rangers due to the 4-3 season series win.)

  5. ericellers - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Wonder what the Balt papers will twist this story to massage their O’s in believing the sox laid down

  6. bigharold - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    The Yankees only won one game this year after trail after the 8th inning. If they only had one 9th inning plus win in them this season they sure waited for the right time to use it.

    Tomorrow the Yankees face Matsuzaka, .. sorry O’s fans.

  7. ndnut - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Let’s Go Orioles! *clap*clap*clap clap clap* Let’s Go Orioles! *clap*clap*clap clap clap*
    I said it before and I will say it again: I want a Nats-O’s world series. Make it happen!

    • pisano - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM

      ….and people in hell want ice water.

  8. ndnut - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    And yes I know Baltimore is still in the playoffs, but I’d rather nit see them in the one game playoff.

  9. pisano - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Smart move by Joe to replace Nova with Phelps, after the first inning jitters he was great.

    • bigharold - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      Can’t wait for him in the rotation next year. That kids pretty fearless.

  10. willclarkgameface - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    The Red Sox rolled over yet again.

    Not only do they mostly have a PawSox lineup, but it’s the “varsity” that is responsible for these losses and that’s even more scary than if some scrappy kid gave these games up.

    Buch and Bailey – TOAST.

    Here’s Bailey’s quote after tossing it in last night: ” This game is what’s going to keep me pushing forward to next year.”

    Such sweet sentiment. It has nothing to do with the fact that you’re paid to be a closer and you need to…CLOSE.

    The Red Sox blow.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      I was thinking last night: who walks Swisher to get to A-fraud with men on base?

  11. ras1tafari - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    I want nothing to do with the Red Sox Theme Park and Television Extravaganza (registered trademark).

    Larry, Ben, John, and skim milk can take those bricks, 100 year teams, plaques, and $200 million contracts and stuff them up their a—s. Let me know when Boston has a baseball team again.

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