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N.Y. Yankees (79-68) «022000101681
Baltimore (77-69)0010001305101

Yanks recover from meltdown to beat O's on wild pitch

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BALTIMORE -- The injuries keep mounting for the New York Yankees.

So do the victories.

Brendan Ryan scored the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning on a wild pitch by Jim Johnson, and New York defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Thursday night after blowing a four-run lead.

Mark Reynolds and Curtis Granderson homered for the Yankees, who remained one game behind Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card. After taking three of four from Baltimore, New York travels next to first-place Boston for a weekend series between division rivals.

"It's important," manager Joe Girardi said. "We need to continue to win and we need to continue to take series if we want to play in October."

The Yankees (79-68) moved within one game of their high-water mark for the season, 12 games over .500, which last occurred in May. But the victory was marred by another injury, this one to leadoff hitter Brett Gardner, who left in the first inning with a strained muscle on his left side.

"I've never had an oblique issue before," Gardner said. "The best thing to do is just wait until [Friday] and see what the MRI says. That'll paint a much clearer picture."

New York led 5-1 before Nick Markakis hit a solo shot in the seventh and Danny Valencia homered with two on against David Robertson in the eighth.

But the Yankees bounced right back in the ninth with an unearned run against Johnson (3-8). Ryan, obtained in a trade with Seattle on Tuesday, led off with a single. Chris Stewart bunted, and Johnson threw wildly into center field for an error that left two on.

"The ball slipped, and that kind of started the whole inning," Johnson said.

After another bunt put the runners at second and third, Johnson uncorked a pitch that didn't reach the plate and bounced to the backstop.

Mariano Rivera (6-2) got consecutive three outs in the bottom half and was given credit for the win by the official scorer because Robertson was ineffective in the eighth.

The start was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 18 minutes.

After defeating New York in the opener of the four-game series Monday night, the Orioles needed to win only one of the next three to capture the season series for the first time since 1997. Instead, the Yankees emerged with a 10-9 edge in 2013.

Baltimore trails New York and Cleveland in the wild-card chase and fell into a tie with idle Kansas City, 2½ games behind the Rays. The Orioles begin their final road trip of the season -- to Toronto, Boston and Tampa Bay -- on Friday.

"We've just got to start rattling off some wins," first baseman Chris Davis said. "This is definitely going to be a big road trip."

Reynolds put the Yankees up 2-0 in the second with a drive to left after Eduardo Nunez hit a leadoff single. It was Reynolds' fourth homer in 22 games since joining New York in mid-August.

Sixty of Reynolds' 200 career home runs came with the Orioles, from 2011-12.

Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen allowed eight of his first 14 batters to reach base. In the third, after Alfonso Soriano sandwiched a double between two walks, Vernon Wells delivered a two-run single.

In the bottom half, Baltimore used an RBI single by Manny Machado to close to 4-1.

Granderson, who replaced Gardner in center field, chased Chen with his second homer in two games and New York's 10th in the four-game series.

Markakis homered off David Huff in the bottom half. Huff was originally supposed to start the game, but Girardi figured the left-hander would be more comfortable coming out of the bullpen. Phil Hughes started and left in the fourth.

In the Orioles eighth, Soriano made a leaping grab at the left-field wall to rob Machado of a home run and keep New York's lead at 5-2. But with two outs, Adam Jones and Markakis singled before Valencia ripped Robertson's first pitch over the left-field wall.

Notes

The Orioles will be without reliever Darren O'Day during the weekend series in Toronto that begins Friday. O'Day has been dealing with soreness in his fingers and has pitched only twice this month. ... Jason Hammel will start Friday night for Baltimore. He replaces Bud Norris, who has been experiencing elbow discomfort. ... The Orioles honored Rivera before his final game at Camden Yards. The 43-year-old closer received a gift and a standing ovation. Rivera, meanwhile, has donated the baseball he used to record his major league-record 602nd save to the Police Athletic League for auction. ... New York hopes to have C Austin Romine (concussion) back during the weekend series in Boston. "Headache's gone. Neck's not sore," said Romine, who sustained the injury Tuesday night. ... Baltimore has won a season series from New York only once since 1982.

 
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Mark Reynolds, a former Oriole, drives in Eduardo Nunez with a two-run roundtripper in the second inning.  (USATSI)
Mark Reynolds, a former Oriole, drives in Eduardo Nunez with a two-run roundtripper in the second inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Reynolds
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

D. Valencia
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF1000010 .273
   Curtis Granderson, CF3111010 .250
Alex Rodriguez, DH2100310 .294
   Zoilo Almonte, PR-DH0000000 .258
Alfonso Soriano, LF5120012 .253
Robinson Cano, 2B3010101 .309
Vernon Wells, RF3012002 .246
   a-Lyle Overbay, PH-1B1000000 .251
Eduardo Nunez, 3B4110002 .257
   Ichiro Suzuki, RF0000000 .266
Mark Reynolds, 1B-3B4112022 .226
Brendan Ryan, SS4110022 .190
Chris Stewart, C4000020 .212
Phil Hughes, P0000000 .000
   David Huff, P0000000 .000
   Adam Warren, P0000000 .000
   Cesar Cabral, P0000000 .000
   David Robertson, P0000000 .000
   Mariano Rivera, P0000000 .000
Totals34685410  
a-grounded out for V. Wells in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (29, Chen)
HR - Curtis Granderson (6, Chen), Mark Reynolds (19, Chen)
SH - Curtis Granderson (2)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (13), Vernon Wells 2 (47), Mark Reynolds 2 (64)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Ryan-Cano-Reynolds
E - Eduardo Nunez (13, Misplayed grounder)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Phil Hughes 3311030 5.07
David Huff 3211011 6.04
Adam Warren (H,1) 0.2100100 3.52
Cesar Cabral (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
David Robertson (BS,2) 1433021 2.24
Mariano Rivera (W,6-2) 1000000 2.30
WP - Phil Hughes 2 (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 50-36, David Huff 40-26, Adam Warren 16-10, Cesar Cabral 4-2, David Robertson 25-18, Mariano Rivera 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 1-6, David Huff 4-3, Cesar Cabral 1-0, Mariano Rivera 2-1
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 13, David Huff 10, Adam Warren 4, Cesar Cabral 1, David Robertson 7, Mariano Rivera 3
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF3000001 .265
   a-Michael Morse, PH-LF1000002 .220
   Chris Dickerson, LF1000000 .240
Manny Machado, 3B5011000 .291
Chris Davis, 1B4020021 .297
Adam Jones, CF4110002 .290
Nick Markakis, RF4221001 .272
Wilson Betemit, DH1000010 .000
   b-Danny Valencia, PH-DH3113001 .330
J.J. Hardy, SS4020001 .265
Matt Wieters, C3110111 .229
Brian Roberts, 2B4000023 .242
Wei-Yin Chen, P0000000 .000
   Josh Stinson, P0000000 .000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000 .000
Totals37510516  
a-grounded out for McLouth in the 7th
b-lined out for Betemit in the 4th
Batting
2B - J.J. Hardy (24, Robertson)
HR - Nick Markakis (10, Huff), Danny Valencia (8, Robertson)
RBI - Manny Machado (70), Nick Markakis (56), Danny Valencia 3 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Machado (31), Danny Valencia 3 (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hardy-B. Roberts-Davis
E - Jim Johnson (2, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wei-Yin Chen 6.1755292 3.99
Josh Stinson 1.2000110 4.09
Jim Johnson (L,3-8) 1110100 3.18
IBB - Rodriguez by Jim Johnson
WP - Jim Johnson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 108-77, Josh Stinson 28-17, Jim Johnson 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 6-4, Josh Stinson 2-2, Jim Johnson 3-0
Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 28, Josh Stinson 6, Jim Johnson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24659
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jeff Nelson