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Orioles top Yankees in 13 innings, ALDS moves to a decisive Game 5

Oct 12, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

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We will have four Game Fives in division series play this year for the first time ever.

The Orioles defeated the Yankees 2-1 in 13 innings tonight at Yankee Stadium to keep their season alive and force a decisive fifth game tomorrow afternoon.

The Orioles grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Nate McLouth hit a solo homer off Phil Hughes in the fifth inning, but the Yankees evened things up in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI ground out by Robinson Cano. The game remained tied all the way until J.J. Hardy delivered an RBI double off David Phelps in the top of the 13th inning.

Joe Saunders was shaky, yet effective for the Orioles, allowing one run on three hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. But the members of Buck Showalter’s bullpen were the real heroes on this night, as they held the Yankees scoreless for 7 1/3 innings while giving up just four hits and one walk. Darren O’Day came up huge yet again, this time tossing 2 2/3 shutout frames. Pedro Strop struck out two over two scoreless innings in his first appearance of the series while Jim Johnson tossed a perfect bottom of the 13th for the save.

Derek Jeter went 2-for-6 and Jayson Nix went 2-for-3, but the rest of the Yankees were a collective 3-for-35. Curtis Granderson went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and is now hitting .063 (1-for-16) with nine strikeouts in the series. Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts and was removed for a pinch-hitter in the second straight game. He’s 2-for-16 with nine strikeouts in the series. We may see an interesting lineup for the Yankees tomorrow with the season on the line.

The Yankees will send their ace C.C Sabathia to hill tomorrow while Jason Hammel will pitch for the Orioles. First pitch will be 5:07 p.m. ET. The winners will advance to face the Tigers in the ALCS.

  1. Loose Changeup - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Something magic happens everytime you go
    You make the magic happen, the magic of Orioles baseball!

    • fellspointbird - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      When the game is close..

  2. johnnybronco - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Now all we have to do is beat the Yankees, the crowd, and the ghosts of monument park. Believe in the birds and all will be well!

    • ihps247 - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      I hope so but regardless, I can’t say enough about how proud I am of the O’s this season. I hope they can continue this into next season and prove all the doubters/haters wrong. :)

  3. aceshigh11 - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    The Yankees lose and Joltin’ Joe Biden obliterates “Eddie Munster” Ryan, that fraudulent little coward.

    With any luck, Randynyc is getting ripped and taking a walk off a high-rise as I type this.

    Hey, he’d be typing the exact same sentiment were the roles reversed. Screw Randy in the ear, I say.

    • jason9696 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      Randynyc seemed kind of upset last night and the Yankees won. I can only imagine how the poor guy’s doing tonight.

  4. birdland68 - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    …and the O’s are hot……

  5. djpostl - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Girardi letting Arod hit in the 8th was monumentally stupid.

    O’Day has just straight man-handled him, both for their careers and ESPECIALLY in this series. He clearly barely picks the ball up coming out of his hand and hasn’t so much as put one good swing on so much as one pitch in their match-ups this series.

    Yet, with one out, men on 2d & 3d in the 8th, with several lefties on the bench to choose from (Gardner to break up DP if they IBB him, Chavez to move straight to 3B if needed or Ibanez..because he’s Ibanez) he lets Alex just flail helplessly at 3 pitches and concedes an out.

    All with “Mr. 1 for 366 w/ RISP in his post-season career” coming up behind him.

    Then later he PH’s Ibanez with 2 outs for Nix…who was swinging a hot bat & then Chavez with 2 outs in last desperate gasp in 13th.

    You leave relatively useless and completely over-matched Arod in when all ya need is a good sac fly…then use your pinch-hiters when you need a long-shot HR.

    Fabulous in-game management on display.

    • djpostl - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:53 AM

      “1 for 36” obviously lol

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

      I was surprised to see Arod bat also.

  6. mungman69 - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    Baltimore won’t cave in, Yanks have C.C. Good game coming.

  7. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Has a DH ever been pinch hit for in back to back clutch situations. A rod needs to take A seat

  8. thatyankeedude - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    The ghosts will be called upon tonight.

  9. greymares - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    i would like to see the Orioles and Cardinals put up about 8 runs in the first inning today. GO BIRDS.

  10. dtknick - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    For me to talk ,negative or positive, about Alex Rodriguez will be from a baseball fan point of view. He is a great player, his stats speak for themselfs, but I can’t get out of my head how his production in the field has diminished ever since the HGH incident. He is not known to be a clutch hitter, in fact, I dare to say Yankees would’ve win those games without them. I kind of felt good when Red Sox catcher Veritek sucker punched him. As a Yankees fan, yes I’ve never embrace him, because and only because my “perspective” of him at that moment was all he care was money, not that he was joining one of the greatest sport franchise. I can name guys like Tino Martinez who kill the yanks the previous year they acquire him, Boggs Yankees nemesis for many years, Mike Mussina who came to NY for more money but also Joe Torre’s phone call talking about what it meant to a Yankees, and all of these players became Yankees fan faves and beloved players, because they carry themselfs like gentleman, at least that is my perspective. I am Dominican decedent and even that doesn’t make me warm up to him, as a Yankees fan. I don’t think Alex consider himself a true Yankees, and he walks those grounds almost everyday. Good luck to him trying to win yanks hearts at this stage of his career,

  11. jiggy3198 - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Nate who? Lew who? Pedro who? That’s what Baltimore is all about. The sum of the parts. Go O’s. buck the trend.

  12. jolink653 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Coming from a bigtime Yankees fan, they deserve to lose this series…2nd and 3rd one out in the 8th and A-Rod can’t even make contact to hit a fly ball? Not only that, it shows what little respect Buck and the O’s have for him since they wouldn’t even walk him to set up the double play, even if Cano was on deck…This team is entirely built around the home run, which is why they’ve done so poorly in the playoffs ever since they got A-Rod (outside of ’09) and you could see last night that everyone was swinging to end the game rather than trying to put good at-bats together and manufacture a run…Granderson is awful at the plate (don’t care how many home runs he hits) since he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat…This team just is not built the way a championship team needs to be built so I haven’t expected any sort of deep playoff run all year and I’m not expecting one now…Even if they beat the O’s, the Tigers will pound on them

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