Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Vernon Wells grounded the game-winning single
into left field to cap a two-run rally against Jim Johnson in the bottom of
the ninth inning to boost the New York Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Baltimore
Ivan Nova (3-2) had a season-high 11 strikeouts in the first complete game of
his career, but the Yankees were trailing going into their final at-bat.
David Adams singled to right field and Johnson was unable to field Brett
Gardner's bunt. Both runners advanced on Ichiro Suzuki's sacrifice bunt, and
Robinson Cano was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Travis Hafner walked on four pitches, with ball four coming high, to tie the
game. Wells, facing a 2-2 count, grounded his hit past a diving Manny Machado
in the hole between shortstop and third base to plate Gardner.
Nova allowed three hits and walked only one batter to help the Yankees to
their fifth straight victory. They also broke a five-game skid against the
Johnson (2-7) suffered his sixth blown save of the season, as the Orioles lost
their second in a row.
Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer for Baltimore, which had three hits and
couldn't put a runner in scoring position.
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