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Orioles outlast Yankees in 13 innings, force Game 5

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NEW YORK -- With midnight approaching, the Baltimore Orioles' bats awoke one more time.

Now they'll get a last shot to finally overtake the New York Yankees.

J.J. Hardy hit an RBI double in the 13th inning and Baltimore bounced back from a demoralizing loss to outlast the Yankees 2-1 on Thursday night, forcing a deciding Game 5 in their AL division series.

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Game 1 winner CC Sabathia was set to pitch the deciding game for the Yankees against Jason Hammel.

The Orioles were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position until Hardy doubled off David Phelps with one out to score Manny Machado, who had doubled.

"There hasn't been a whole lot of opportunities to score runs," Hardy said, "so when there are those opportunities, I think we're trying a little bit too hard."

Phelps had relieved in the 12th after Joba Chamberlain was hit by a flying broken bat, forcing him to leave with a bruised right elbow.

Jim Johnson bounced back from allowing Raul Ibanez's pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning Wednesday to earn his second save in the series with a perfect 13th.

"I don't take for granted at any time what these guys are accomplishing so far," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "They know that. I have so much respect for our guys."

Hours after learning Joe Girardi had kept quiet that his father died last Saturday, the Yankees couldn't rally late. This time, Girardi called upon Eric Chavez to pinch hit for slumping Alex Rodriguez. He lined out to third base to end it.

Baltimore's win pushed all four division series to five games for the first time since the round began in 1995.

The Orioles have been pursuing the Yankees all season, cutting a 10-game deficit in July to zero in early September. Baltimore and New York were tied 10 times atop the East in the final month but the Yankees wrapped up the division on the final night of the regular season.

After dropping Game 1, the Orioles rebounded with another one-run win in a season in which they had the best record in the majors in such games at 29-9. But they lost in stunning fashion in 12 innings Wednesday night, when Ibanez connected twice in his two at-bats after pinch-hitting for Rodriguez.

These Birds don't rattle, though.

They came right back Thursday for their first win in extras against the Yankees this year. They also lost twice to New York in extra innings in the regular season before going on a run of 16 straight wins after the ninth inning.

It wasn't easy, though. Nate McLouth hit a home run off Phil Hughes to start the fifth, but Baltimore wasted three shots with a runner on third base in the first four innings. They struggled against New York's bullpen.

Matt Wieters knocked Chamberlain out of the game with a broken-bat single to lead off the 12th inning that struck his surgically repaired right elbow. Fans sat silent as Chamberlain bent over in pain. He was checked out by trainer Steve Donahue and Girardi.

Chamberlain tested the elbow with three pitches before walking off the field. X-rays were negative. he's not sure if he'll be available for Game 5.

"You kind of see how it feels [Friday] and go from there," Chamberlain said. "It's definitely not as stiff as it was when it first happened."

Many of the Orioles gathered near their bat rack in the dugout for an impromptu cheer before the 13th and Machado then led off with a double.

One out later, Hardy hit a one-bouncer off the wall in left field for his first RBI of the series.

The hit came after another Orioles quirk - the players held Gatorade bottles and wiggled them in the dugout, trying to conjure up a rally.

Showalter professed confidence in the 51-save Johnson before the game. He backed it up by calling on him for his fourth appearance of the series. He lost the opener after giving up five runs in the ninth and sandwiched saves around his trying homer to Ibanez.

Seven Baltimore relievers pitched 7 1/3 innings of four-hit ball.

"There's really good pitching," Girardi said. "You're seeing some really good pitching in these four games."

The Yankees held a moment of silence for Girardi's dad, Jerry, who died Saturday at 81 and had a long bout with Alzheimer's. Joe Girardi stood alone in front of the Yankees dugout and wiped his eyes after the national anthem. He blew a kiss to someone in the stands, then fist bumped several coaches and players.

Facing elimination for the second time this postseason, Showalter turned again to Joe Saunders. Acquired by Baltimore on Aug. 26 from Arizona, Saunders pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the wild-card victory against Texas.

He was just as crafty against New York, engaging with Phil Hughes in a duel of who could get out of the tougher jam.

The Yankees put a runner on in every inning against Saunders but failed to score until the sixth.

Derek Jeter lined an outside pitch to right field for a leadoff double in sixth, showing no ill effects of a bruised left foot that kept him from playing shortstop in the postseason for the first time in his career.

He advanced on Ichiro Suzuki's sacrifice and scored on Robinson Cano's grounder to second. Showalter then lifted Saunders for right-hander Tommy Hunter to face Rodriguez. A-Rod struck out to loud boos and tossed his bat.

Notes

  • Highlights of Ibanez's two home runs in Game 3 received loud cheers each time the clips were showed on the video board.
  • Curtis Granderson has struck out nine times in 16 at-bats this postseason.
  • Hughes and Saunders combined to walk seven after there were no walks Wednesday in 12 innings.
  • Jeter got his 199th postseason hit.
 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

N. McLouth
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

D. Jeter
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF5121101 .333
J.J. Hardy, SS6021010 .167
Chris Davis, RF6000035 .250
    Endy Chavez, RF0000000 .000
Adam Jones, CF6000024 .105
Matt Wieters, C4010102 .118
Jim Thome, DH4010011 .083
    Lew Ford, PR-DH1000001 .400
Mark Reynolds, 1B5000022 .188
Ryan Flaherty, 2B4010000 .250
    Robert Andino, 2B1000011 .375
Manny Machado, 3B4110122 .143
Totals46282312  
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (1, Hughes), J.J. Hardy (2, Phelps), Manny Machado (1, Phelps)
HR - Nate McLouth (1, Hughes)
RBI - Nate McLouth (3), J.J. Hardy (1)
PK - Lew Ford (1, Soriano)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate McLouth 1
DP - Machado-Flaherty-Reynolds, McLouth-Hardy-Reynolds
E - Ryan Flaherty (1, Dropped fly)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Saunders 5.2311450 1.59
Tommy Hunter 0.2000010 0.00
Troy Patton 0.1100000 0.00
Luis Ayala 0.1200010 0.00
Brian Matusz 0.1000000 2.45
Darren O'Day 2.2000110 0.00
Pedro Strop (W,1-0) 2100020 0.00
Jim Johnson (S,2) 1000010 10.38
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 88-56, Tommy Hunter 7-6, Troy Patton 6-5, Luis Ayala 13-9, Brian Matusz 5-2, Darren O'Day 30-19, Pedro Strop 23-16, Jim Johnson 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 5-5, Brian Matusz 1-0, Darren O'Day 4-3, Pedro Strop 3-1
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 22, Tommy Hunter 3, Troy Patton 2, Luis Ayala 3, Brian Matusz 1, Darren O'Day 9, Pedro Strop 7, Jim Johnson 3
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, DH6120023 .421
Ichiro Suzuki, LF5010012 .200
Mark Teixeira, 1B3010321 .333
Robinson Cano, 2B6001002 .111
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4010123 .125
   a- Eric Chavez, PH1000000 .000
Nick Swisher, RF5000004 .133
Russell Martin, C4000111 .214
Curtis Granderson, CF5000033 .063
Jayson Nix, SS3020001 .500
   b- Raul Ibanez, PH1000000 .500
    Eduardo Nunez, SS1000000 .200
Totals44171511  
a-lined out for Rodriguez in the 13th
b-grounded out for Nix in the 9th
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (1, Saunders), Jayson Nix (1, Saunders)
SH - Ichiro Suzuki (1)
RBI - Robinson Cano (4)
Team LOB - 10
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Phil Hughes 6.2411381 1.35
Boone Logan 0.1000000 0.00
David Robertson 1000010 0.00
Rafael Soriano 2100010 0.00
Joba Chamberlain 1100010 0.00
David Phelps (L,0-1) 1.1211010 6.75
Clay Rapada 0.1000000 0.00
Derek Lowe 0.1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 95-58, Boone Logan 6-3, David Robertson 8-7, Rafael Soriano 26-18, Joba Chamberlain 10-7, David Phelps 27-17, Clay Rapada 3-3, Derek Lowe 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 3-9, David Robertson 1-1, Rafael Soriano 2-2, Joba Chamberlain 2-0, David Phelps 1-2, Clay Rapada 1-0, Derek Lowe 1-0
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 27, Boone Logan 1, David Robertson 3, Rafael Soriano 6, Joba Chamberlain 4, David Phelps 6, Clay Rapada 1, Derek Lowe 1
Game Information
Attendance - 49307
Game Time - 4:31
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Tony Randazzo