New York at Baltimore

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Yankees move past O's, Indians in wild-card hunt with win

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BALTIMORE -- The New York Yankees have overcome one injury after another this season to make a serious run at a postseason berth, so it wasn't all that surprising that they won again after losing shortstop Derek Jeter for the rest of the year.

Is there any obstacle this team can't overcome?

Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the ninth inning, and New York also got solo shots from Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson in a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

The Yankees moved past Baltimore and Cleveland and got closer to Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card hunt. New York has hit eight home runs in winning two of three in the four-game series that concludes Thursday night.

"That what you ask for," manager Joe Girardi said. "We have to continue to play well."

Before the game, the Yankees announced that Jeter would miss the rest of the season with an injured left ankle. The Yankees captain played in only 17 games this season and made four trips to the disabled list.

Once it became official that Jeter was lost, the team lamented his bad luck and got back to the business of earning another playoff berth.

"This group fights," Girardi said. "They're continuing to fight."

New York tailed 4-1 on Tuesday before rallying to win. In this one, Baltimore led 3-1 before Granderson homered in the fifth -- New York's first hit -- and Rodriguez tied it in the sixth with his 653rd career home run.

In the ninth, after Cano connected off Tommy Hunter (4-4), Granderson tripled with one out and scored on an infield hit by Lyle Overbay.

"We get down tonight and come back again," Girardi said. "We were able to take the lead in the ninth. We get a huge homer by Robbie and then a huge hit by Lyle that winds up being a lot bigger."

David Robertson (5-1) worked the eighth and Mariano Rivera gave up a run-scoring single to Brian Roberts before securing his 43rd save, tied for the major league lead with Baltimore's Jim Johnson.

Jeter's trip to the DL coincided with the arrival of shortstop Brendan Ryan, obtained one night earlier in a trade with Seattle. Although Ryan went hitless, he performed flawlessly and showed good range in the field.

Each team has won nine games this year. The series winner will be determined Thursday night.

"We play this team so evenly, it's unbelievable," Girardi said.

Orioles slugger Chris Davis drove in two runs with a double, making him the first player in team history to have 40 doubles and 40 homers in a season. Danny Valencia tied a career high with four hits, and Roberts had three singles.

Baltimore outhit New York 13-6, but lost a valuable chance to close in on Tampa Bay for the second and final AL wild-card spot.

"We control our own destiny, we control our situation," Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. "The rest of the way we're playing against teams that are in the same situation as us, so we've got to play better baseball. That's the cool part. We've just got to play a little bit better."

Yankees starter Andy Pettitte gave up three runs and nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. The 41-year-old lefty has made 13 straight starts since September 2007 against Baltimore without losing, going 8-0 over that stretch. Pettitte has lost only twice to the Orioles since 2002 and is 28-6 lifetime against them.

Pettitte has pitched at least six innings in each of his last six starts and is 3-0 in seven outings since Aug. 5.

"It was a great game for us," Pettite said. "The bullpen came in and obviously did a great job. There were some big hits for us. It was a good win, that's for sure."

Baltimore's Scott Feldman allowed only three hits in 7 2/3 innings, two of them homers. The right-hander struck out six and walked two. His first walk came against the first batter of the game and the second was to the last batter he faced.

New York got a first-inning run when leadoff hitter Brett Gardner walked, stole second and scored on two groundouts.

The Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the third. Roberts and Manny Machado singled with two outs before Davis lined a two-run double through the shift into right-field.

Doubles by Valencia and J.J. Hardy made it 3-1 in the fourth, but Baltimore stranded runners at the corners.

Notes

New York's David Huff squares off against Wei-Yin Chin in a duel of left-handers in the series finale Thursday night. ... Pettitte has held the opposition scoreless in the first inning over six straight starts after allowing at least one first-inning run in eight consecutive games before that. ... Granderson is 7 for 17 with four homers lifetime against Feldman. ... Feldman threw a season-high 112 pitches.

 
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Yankees third baseman Mark Reynolds throws out Michael Morse of the Orioles during the third inning of New York's 5-4 win. (USATSI)
Yankees third baseman Mark Reynolds throws out Michael Morse of the Orioles during the third inning of New York's 5-4 win. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cano
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

D. Valencia
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF2100220 .273
Alex Rodriguez, DH4111012 .299
Robinson Cano, 2B4122000 .309
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000011 .252
Curtis Granderson, RF4221000 .248
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000021 .226
Lyle Overbay, 1B4011010 .252
Brendan Ryan, SS4000011 .189
Chris Stewart, C3000000 .215
Totals3356528  
Batting
3B - Curtis Granderson (1, Hunter)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (6, Feldman), Robinson Cano (27, Hunter), Curtis Granderson (5, Feldman)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez (13), Robinson Cano 2 (100), Curtis Granderson (12), Lyle Overbay (57)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (7), Lyle Overbay (28)
SB - Brett Gardner (24, 2nd base off Feldman/Wieters)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Reynolds-Cano-Overbay, Reynolds-Cano-Overbay-Ryan-Cano-Overbay
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andy Pettitte 6.1933130 4.04
Shawn Kelley 0.2000010 3.96
David Robertson (W,5-1) 1200010 1.82
Mariano Rivera (S,43) 1211010 2.34
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 109-69, Shawn Kelley 6-4, David Robertson 18-13, Mariano Rivera 20-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 8-6, David Robertson 2-0, Mariano Rivera 2-0
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 27, Shawn Kelley 1, David Robertson 5, Mariano Rivera 5
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, 2B5131022 .246
Manny Machado, 3B5120022 .292
Chris Davis, 1B4012012 .295
Adam Jones, CF4000003 .291
Danny Valencia, DH4140000 .330
Matt Wieters, C4000015 .229
J.J. Hardy, SS4011001 .264
Michael Morse, RF3000001 .221
   a-Nick Markakis, PH1000000 .271
Nate McLouth, LF3120100 .267
Totals37413416  
a-grounded out for Dickerson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Davis (40, Pettitte), Danny Valencia (12, Pettitte), J.J. Hardy (23, Pettitte), Nate McLouth (28, M. Rivera)
RBI - Brian Roberts (34), Chris Davis 2 (128), J.J. Hardy (72)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts (11), Chris Davis 2 (42)
CS - Nate McLouth (7, 2nd base by Kelley/Stewart)
Team LOB - 7
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman 7.2333262 3.54
Tommy Hunter (L,4-4) 1222011 2.93
Troy Patton 0.1100010 3.79
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 112-69, Tommy Hunter 13-10, Troy Patton 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 14-3, Tommy Hunter 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 28, Tommy Hunter 5, Troy Patton 2
Game Information
Attendance - 20141
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Jim Joyce