Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones each clubbed three-run
homers as the Baltimore Orioles scored seven times in the seventh inning to
rally for a 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees.
After going scoreless for a stretch of 18 consecutive innings, Baltimore's
offense erupted against the New York bullpen in the deciding seventh to enable
the Orioles to avoid a sweep in this key three-game series and move back in
front of their AL East rivals in the wild card standings.
Baltimore's relievers did their part as well, with four pitchers combining for
five scoreless innings after starter Wei-Yin Chen struggled through the first
four. Kevin Gausman (2-3) fanned three over two near-spotless frames to record
Both Hardy and Jones finished with two hits and a run scored for Baltimore, as
did the newly acquired Michael Morse, Danny Valencia and Brian Roberts.
The Yankees had a six-game home winning streak snapped after the relief corps
squandered a strong effort from Andy Pettitte, who took a shutout into the
seventh inning but was removed after allowing back-to-back singles by Morse
and Valencia. Shawn Kelley (4-2) served up Hardy's go-ahead blast and was
saddled with the loss.
Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez each went 2-for-4 with a run scored to pace
New York offensively.
Pettitte had yielded just five singles prior to Morse and Valencia beginning
the pivotal seventh with consecutive hits, prompting Yankees manager Joe
Girardi to summon Kelley into the game to try to protect a 3-0 lead.
Kelley was greeted by a Matt Wieters single that knocked in Morse, right
before Hardy drove a first-pitch fastball into the bleachers in right to send
Baltimore in front.
The Orioles weren't finished. A bunt single by Roberts and a walk to Nick
Markakis against Boone Logan put two more aboard for Jones, who crushed a
Joba Chamberlain offering into the monuments behind center field to extend the
margin to 7-3.
New York mustered just two singles over the remaining three innings, but took
advantage of Chen's wildness to stake Pettitte to a three-run advantage early
Chen was able to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the first by
coming up with key strikeouts of Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells, but was
touched for the game's first run in the third. Gardner led off the Yankees'
half of the inning with his second double of the day and was brought home on
Alfonso Soriano's two-out single to center.
The Baltimore lefty then lost his command of the zone in the fourth. Chen
issued three walks, including one to Gardner with the bases loaded, around an
Nunez double, with Derek Jeter following the final free pass with a sacrifice
fly that put New York up by a 3-0 count.
Chen walked five in all while picking up five strikeouts in his four innings
Morse was playing his first game with the Orioles since being acquired from
Seattle for minor league outfielder Xavier Avery on Friday ... Alex Rodriguez
returned to the Yankees' lineup after being scratched from Saturday's game
with flu-like symptoms, but went 0-for-3 ... Jeter and Cano combined to go 0-
for-9 with six strikeouts ... Baltimore designated backup catcher Taylor
Teagarden for assignment prior to the contest, with the club selecting the
contract of Chris Snyder from Triple-A Norfolk to fill that role ... New York
stranded 10 baserunners and finished 1-for-10 with men in scoring position.
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