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BALTIMORE -- After Freddy Garcia was done with his wild performance and Taiwan native Wei-Yin Chen had experienced the thrill of pitching in the major leagues for the first time, the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees kept threatening to score and repeatedly failed to do so.
Raul Ibanez finally decided the battle of missed opportunities in the 12th inning, delivering a two-out double to score the go-ahead run and provide the Yankees with a 5-4 victory Tuesday night.
"It just seemed to be one of those games for both teams. We had our opportunities to score runs," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It was a strange day. Just a strange day."
Both teams had trouble delivering in the clutch on a chilly night at Camden Yards. New York went 2 for 18 with runners in scoring position and the Orioles 0 for 8.
And that was only part of it.
Garcia and Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen both had memorable performances. Garcia threw five wild pitches, one short of the major league record, and Chen took a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning in his major league debut.
In the sixth, the Yankees used three hits, a walk and a costly error by third baseman Mark Reynolds to pull even. With two outs, Orioles manager Buck Showalter worked his way to the mound and took the baseball from the 26-year-old Taiwan native.
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"When Buck walked to me I was pretty upset about myself because I didn't have command tonight," Chen said through an interpreter. "I didn't help the team get a win tonight. This is the reason I'm here, to help the team get a win. I'm not satisfied."
Chen gave up a home run to his first batter, Derek Jeter, whose 25th leadoff homer broke a tie with Rickey Henderson for most in franchise history. The former Japanese Central League standout then threw four straight scoreless innings before apparently tiring.
"Physically, I'm not tired at all," Chen said. "Mentally, I got tired."
Chen allowed four runs, two earned, and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out six, walked one and was lifted after 101 pitches.
"To be honest with you guys, this is my first major league outing. I was so nervous," Chen said. "But after the first inning everything was fine for me."
Garcia yielded four runs, three earned, four hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings. He's the first player to throw five wild pitches in a game since Philadelphia's Ken Howell in 1989.
"I didn't really make good pitches tonight. I was all over the place," Garcia said. "I don't remember ever doing that. I don't know how many there were, five, six?"
His problem was that he couldn't get a grip on the split-finger fastball, his money pitch.
"To only give up four hits in almost five innings is pretty amazing considering you don't have one of your main pitches," Garcia said.
Chen began his long-awaited debut by missing the strike zone on three straight pitches. Jeter then took a strike before driving a fastball well over the center-field wall. Nick Swisher followed with a double, but Chen worked out of trouble despite hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch.
Garcia was even shakier in the bottom half. After J.J. Hardy hit a solo homer, Nick Markakis walked and Matt Wieters singled with two outs. Garcia then threw a pair of wild pitches that enabled Markakis to score the go-ahead run.
Chen retired 12 straight batters before Martin's one-out single in the fifth. Brett Gardner also singled, and both runners moved up on a groundout by Jeter before Swisher flied out.
Baltimore made it 4-1 in the bottom half when Robert Andino doubled, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch.
In the sixth, Reynolds let in a run when he mishandled a sharp two-out grounder by Martin, and Gardner hit an RBI single to end Chen's outing.
|Raul Ibanez's 12th-inning double drives in Robinson Cano and proves to be the game-winning RBI. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||6||1||2||1||0||1||3||.391|
|Nick Swisher, RF||5||0||1||0||0||2||4||.211|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||6||2||3||0||0||0||1||.304|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||2||4||.158|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||6||1||1||0||0||1||4||.150|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||4||1||0||0||2||2||2||.150|
|Andruw Jones, DH||2||0||0||1||0||1||0||.286|
|a- Raul Ibanez, PH-DH||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.250|
|Russell Martin, C||4||0||1||0||1||2||0||.167|
|Eduardo Nunez, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.400|
|Chris Stewart, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Brett Gardner, LF||4||0||2||1||0||2||1||.385|
|a-singled for A. Jones in the 8th|
|2B - Nick Swisher (2, Chen), Robinson Cano 2 (3, Lindstrom, Strop), Raul Ibanez (1, Strop)|
|HR - Derek Jeter (1, Chen)|
|SF - Andruw Jones (1)|
|SH - Brett Gardner (1)|
|RBI - Derek Jeter (2), Andruw Jones (3), Raul Ibanez (6), Brett Gardner (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (1), Brett Gardner (2)|
|SB - Raul Ibanez (1, 2nd base off Ayala/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|E - Russell Martin (1, Missed catch of throw)|
|New York Yankees|
|Clay Rapada (W,1-0)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||10.80|
|Mariano Rivera (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||7.71|
|IBB - Chavez by Cory Wade|
|HBP - Markakis (by Freddy Garcia), Jones (by Cory Wade)|
|WP - Freddy Garcia 5 (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 97-52, David Phelps 31-21, David Robertson 19-12, Boone Logan 2-2, Cory Wade 42-26, Clay Rapada 12-7, Mariano Rivera 18-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 6-4, David Phelps 2-1, Cory Wade 1-2, Clay Rapada 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 21, David Phelps 7, David Robertson 4, Boone Logan 1, Cory Wade 10, Clay Rapada 2, Mariano Rivera 3|
|Endy Chavez, LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||0||.125|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||6||1||1||1||0||1||4||.143|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||1||0||0||1||2||0||.294|
|Adam Jones, CF||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.316|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||0||1||0||1||1||2||.353|
|Nick Johnson, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|a- Nolan Reimold, PH-DH||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||4||0||0||0||1||3||2||.143|
|Chris Davis, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||2||2||.267|
|Robert Andino, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||3||2||.333|
|a-singled for N. Johnson in the 9th|
|2B - Adam Jones (2, Garcia), Robert Andino (3, Garcia)|
|HR - J.J. Hardy (2, Garcia)|
|SH - Endy Chavez (1)|
|RBI - J.J. Hardy (2)|
|SB - Adam Jones (2, 2nd base off Robertson/Martin)|
|CS - Mark Reynolds (1, 2nd base by Garcia/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Endy Chavez 1|
|E - Mark Reynolds (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Pedro Strop (L,0-1)||2||2||1||1||2||2||0||2.25|
|IBB - Granderson by Pedro Strop|
|HBP - Rodriguez (by Wei-Yin Chen), Swisher (by Matt Lindstrom)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 101-59, Matt Lindstrom 25-15, Luis Ayala 18-14, Jim Johnson 14-8, Troy Patton 17-11, Pedro Strop 30-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 3-9, Matt Lindstrom 1-0, Luis Ayala 1-0, Jim Johnson 1-1, Troy Patton 1-1, Pedro Strop 4-0|
|Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 27, Matt Lindstrom 5, Luis Ayala 4, Jim Johnson 4, Troy Patton 3, Pedro Strop 10|
|Attendance - 24659|
|Game Time - 4:38|
|Temperature - 62|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Paul Schrieber|