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Orioles take down Yankees in 11-inning game featuring nine home runs

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BALTIMORE -- A wacky game featuring nine home runs, 12 pitchers and a 67-minute rain delay was ultimately decided when the Baltimore Orioles mounted one final rally shortly after midnight.

Aubrey Huff doubled in the tying run in the 11th inning and scored the game-winner on a long single by Alex Cintron, giving the Orioles a 10-9 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

Baltimore came back after being down 4-0 and 8-4, then rebounded in the 11th after New York again took the lead.

"This is a big one, because you have two four-run deficits that you really don't ever come back from, then you get down in the 11th," said Kevin Millar, who homered twice. "You don't want to make a living out of it, but this was probably the biggest Oriole win I've seen as far as just a full team effort."

After New York took a 9-8 lead in the 11th against Matt Albers (3-1) on an RBI single by Hideki Matsui, Melvin Mora led off the bottom half with a single off LaTroy Hawkins. One out later, Huff doubled and took third as Mora beat the throw to the plate.

Hawkins (1-1) then issued two intentional walks before Cintron hit a fly ball to right over the drawn-in outfield.

"I thought, 'He's in trouble. Whatever he throws me, I'm going to hit it,"' Cintron said. "In my mind, I was ready to swing, first pitch, either a curveball, breaking ball or fastball."

It was a fastball, the last of 336 pitches during a long, drawn-out game.

"The guys, they played their butt off tonight. I came in and let it go just like that, just like that," Hawkins said. "I usually don't get too upset, but a game like this..."

Alex Rodriguez hit his 525th career home run, and Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu also connected for New York. All four homers came against Orioles starter Brian Burres.

But the mistake-prone Yankees made three errors, including two poor throws by Rodriguez from third base, and Derek Jeter was picked off second base. And, of course, there was the matter of the blown leads.

"We had, what, up 4-0 and 8-4. And they came back?" Jeter said. "We're in pretty good position there three times, but they swung the bats well."

In addition to Millar, Ramon Hernandez, Luke Scott and Mora homered for the Orioles.

"That's the best game that I've ever been a part of," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. "I'll replay this one for a long time."

Damon led off the ninth with his fourth hit, a double off George Sherrill. Jeter then stepped to the plate as a steady downpour began. After Jeter failed to lay down a bunt, he struck out swinging. Abreu then took a third strike, and Rodriguez received an intentional walk.

Both runners moved up on a double steal before the rain intensified. Yankees manager Joe Girardi went out to talk to home plate umpire Doug Eddings, pleading for a stoppage in play, before Matsui lined out to first.

"I thought it was raining too hard," Girardi said.

Play was halted for 67 minutes before the bottom half started.

Yankees starter Ian Kennedy left after three innings with a slightly strained muscle near his right rib cage. He gave up four runs, three earned, and two home runs.

Afterward, Girardi said Kennedy would almost certainly be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

New York used a four-run fourth to go up 8-4. After Burres got two quick outs, Damon doubled and scored on a single by Jeter. Abreu then homered to right, and Rodriguez followed with his seventh home run of the season to chase Burres.

On an ordinary night, that would have been enough to win. But Baltimore rallied against Ross Ohlendorf in the fifth, using a two-run drive by Mora and successive solo shots by Scott and Millar to tie it at 8.

Baltimore missed a chance to take the lead in the seventh when Abreu threw out Millar trying to score on a two-out single to right by Hernandez. The play enabled Yankees reliever Edwar Ramirez to keep his 0.00 ERA intact.

Giambi got the Yankees started in the second inning with his 10th home run, the 41st in the 17-year history of Camden Yards to reach Eutaw Street beyond the right-field scoreboard. Giambi hit No. 38 in September 2005. It was also the first extra-base hit allowed by Burres this season.

The second would come four batters later, when Damon homered with two on to put New York ahead 4-0.

Baltimore tied it in the bottom half. Millar hit the 150th home run of his career, a two-run shot, and Hernandez followed with his fourth homer of the season. Adam Jones then singled and scored on a two-out throwing error by Rodriguez.

Notes

  • Jeter's fourth-inning single snapped a 1-for-24 skid. He played in his 1,881st game with New York, tying Roy White for sixth on the Yankees' career list.
  • Millar's last two-homer game was in April 2006 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Baltimore twice hit consecutive homers after going 50 games without doing it once.
 
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Alex Rodriguez hits his 525th career homer, one of nine home runs in the game. (AP)
Alex Rodriguez hits his 525th career homer, one of nine home runs in the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

K. Millar
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
New York

J. Damon
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF-LF5243100 .280
Derek Jeter, SS5121012 .286
Bobby Abreu, RF4222212 .292
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5111112 .286
Hideki Matsui, LF6011002 .326
    Melky Cabrera, CF0000000 .249
Jason Giambi, DH6121022 .235
Wilson Betemit, 1B5120011 .290
Robinson Cano, 2B5110001 .223
Jose Molina, C5000003 .206
Totals46915946  
Batting
2B - Johnny Damon 2 (16, Burres, Sherrill), Jason Giambi (9, Burres)
HR - Johnny Damon (6, Burres), Bobby Abreu (7, Burres), Alex Rodriguez (7, Burres), Jason Giambi (10, Burres)
RBI - Johnny Damon 3 (23), Derek Jeter (24), Bobby Abreu 2 (34), Alex Rodriguez (17), Hideki Matsui (24), Jason Giambi (25)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon 3 (10), Derek Jeter (10), Bobby Abreu 2 (21), Alex Rodriguez (8), Hideki Matsui (7)
SB - Johnny Damon (7, 3rd base off Sherrill/Hernandez), Derek Jeter (4, 2nd base off Cormier/Hernandez), Alex Rodriguez (4, 2nd base off Sherrill/Hernandez)
PK - Derek Jeter (1, Sarfate)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Bobby Abreu 1
DP - Jeter-Cano-Betemit, Cano-Betemit
PB - Jose Molina (4)
E - Robinson Cano (5, Misplayed grounder), Alex Rodriguez 2 (4, Throwing)
New York Yankees
Ian Kennedy 3443032 7.41
Ross Ohlendorf 2.1444023 6.37
Edwar Ramirez 1.1300000 0.00
Kyle Farnsworth 1.1100200 4.24
Mariano Rivera 2100130 0.41
LaTroy Hawkins (BS,1; L,1-1) 0.1322200 6.75
IBB - B. Roberts by Kyle Farnsworth, Scott by LaTroy Hawkins, by Millar
WP - Ian Kennedy (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 51-34, Ross Ohlendorf 28-24, Edwar Ramirez 22-13, Kyle Farnsworth 15-9, Mariano Rivera 31-17, LaTroy Hawkins 19-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 2-6, Ross Ohlendorf 3-2, Edwar Ramirez 1-3, Kyle Farnsworth 2-0, Mariano Rivera 1-2
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 15, Ross Ohlendorf 11, Edwar Ramirez 7, Kyle Farnsworth 5, Mariano Rivera 8, LaTroy Hawkins 6
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5120102 .262
Melvin Mora, 3B6232022 .247
Nick Markakis, RF6000013 .250
Aubrey Huff, DH6221020 .249
Luke Scott, LF5111111 .248
Kevin Millar, 1B5233101 .246
    Luis Hernandez, PR0000000 .241
Ramon Hernandez, C5131011 .229
    Alex Cintron, PR-SS1011000 .500
Adam Jones, CF4110112 .253
Freddie Bynum, SS3000000 .220
   a- Jay Payton, PH0000100 .237
    Guillermo Quiroz, C0000000 .244
Totals461016958  
a-walked for Bynum in the 10th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (12, Hawkins), Kevin Millar (5, Ramirez), Ramon Hernandez (6, M. Rivera)
HR - Melvin Mora (6, Ohlendorf), Luke Scott (6, Ohlendorf), Kevin Millar 2 (8, Kennedy, Ohlendorf), Ramon Hernandez (4, Kennedy)
SH - Freddie Bynum (1)
RBI - Melvin Mora 2 (27), Aubrey Huff (29), Luke Scott (19), Kevin Millar 3 (25), Ramon Hernandez (20), Alex Cintron (1)
2-OUT RBI - Luke Scott (12), Kevin Millar (11)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Quiroz-Mora
E - Melvin Mora 2 (7, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Burres 3.21088004 4.15
Lance Cormier 2100120 1.59
Dennis Sarfate 1.1000010 3.38
Jim Johnson 1000000 1.27
George Sherrill 1100120 3.57
Matt Albers (W,3-1) 2311210 2.25
IBB - Rodriguez by George Sherrill, Abreu by Matt Albers
HBP - Jeter (by Brian Burres)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Burres 61-40, Lance Cormier 34-21, Dennis Sarfate 14-10, Jim Johnson 4-4, George Sherrill 21-11, Matt Albers 33-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Burres 5-6, Lance Cormier 4-0, Jim Johnson 1-2, Matt Albers 3-1
Batters Faced - Brian Burres 22, Lance Cormier 8, Dennis Sarfate 3, Jim Johnson 3, George Sherrill 5, Matt Albers 10
Game Information
Attendance - 24030
Game Time - 3:52
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Lance Barksdale