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 fill 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.
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
Yankees manager Joe Girardi complimented Nova on his curveball.
"You look at his last two starts and it's been really, really good. He needs
that. It's been good for him," Girardi said.
Nova threw 102 pitches, while Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez tossed 104 over
his six-inning stint.
Johnson (2-7) suffered his sixth blown save of the season, as the Orioles lost
their second in a row.
"The thing that really changed it was me screwing up the whole bunt," Johnson
said. "That was trying to do too many things at once instead of just taking
Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer for Baltimore, which had three hits and
couldn't put a runner in scoring position.
After Chris Davis was hit by a pitch to start the second, Wieters homered to
left field. The ball caromed off the top of the wall and over it, just beyond
the glove of Wells.
Luis Cruz singled in Wells in the fourth inning. The throw home from left
fielder Nate McLouth was perfect, a one-bouncer to the plate. Wieters made the
tag, but home plate umpire Gary Darling ruled Cano got his foot on the plate
New York wasted a bases-loaded, one-out chance in the fifth. Adams didn't try
to score on Hafner's fly ball to center field. The throw to the plate was cut
off. Wells then popped out in foul territory to first.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday ... Gonzalez allowed four hits and
had five walks and four strikeouts ... The Yankees left 13 men on base ...
Nova had been winless in his last three starts versus the Orioles, going 0-2
with a 10.26 ERA.
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