Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Through the first seven innings, it looked like the New York Yankees were going to waste another decent effort by their starting pitcher, and fall to the Baltimore Orioles to lose for the 5th time in their last six games.

But entering the 8th inning down 4-3, the Yankees put together a big four-run inning, batting around in the inning to come back and take the lead, going on the defeat the Orioles 7-5, Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

"I've said all along, there's no quit in this team and there's a lot of character in that room," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They've fought all year long and they continue to fight."

The inning started with a double down the line field line by Alex Rodriguez, who would come around to score on a single up the middle by Robinson Cano to tie game. After a close play at the plate, A-Rod would leave the game, and we're still waiting on word of why he left.

Following Cano, Alfonso Soriano blasted his second homerun of the game deep the right-center field to give the Yankees a 6-4 lead. His second homerun gave Soriano his 7th multi-homerun game this season -- no other player has more than four. Mark Reynolds tack on another run with an RBI double of his own.

"The difference is I'm having fun right now," said Soriano. "I'm playing for a team to be a contender in the playoffs, so every game counts."

The game had the same type of face-paced feel to it that it had in Monday night's game. It also followed along with the same type of scoring pace. The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning on a double into the left-center field gap by A-Rod, scoring Chris Stewart all the one from first base.

Then just like Monday, the Orioles attacked in the 5th inning, putting up three-runs against Yankees starter Ivan Nova, who was coming off a complete-game shutout the last time he faced Baltimore, so he was picking up right where he left off, tossing four scoreless innings to start the game.

Nova was taken out of the game after six innings and 79 pitches, because of tightness in his right triceps. He had been pitching pretty well all night if you exclude the 5th inning. He had only given up four-runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out two.

"He had this thing that he's dealt with for awhile now," Girardi said. "It hasn't kept him from making a start. Sometimes it tightens up a little bit. He said it tightened up a little bit, so I took him out."

"You never want to tell your manager, because they can push you back or skip you, whatever," Nova said. "You just want to keep pitching."

Eduardo Nunez was a key player for the Orioles in the 5th, as his throwing error off the first base bag lead to a run scoring, setting up runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. After a sac-fly by Nick Markakis gave the O's a 2-1 lead, Chris Davis crushed his major league leading 49th homerun of the season, a two-run blast to give Baltimore a 4-1 lead.

The Yankees started to pull themselves back into the game in the 6th inning when Soriano and Reynolds each launched solo homeruns to right field off Miguel Gonzalez to pull the Yanks within a run at 4-3. Soriano's was his 14th with the Bombers, and Reynolds' homerun still hasn't landed yet, I don't think.

"I've had Alfonso. He's been a good Major League player for a long time," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He certainly doesn't get cheated. He's been a good player for a long time. It's a good pickup for them."

After Adam Warren took care of business in the 7th, Shawn Kelley recorded the first two outs of the 8th before Joe Girardi decided to go to Mariano River for the four-out save, and unlike his last two outings, Mariano got the job done, setting the O's down in the 8th and 9th to seal the Yanks win.

Austin Romine replaced Chris Stewart behind the plate in the 7th inning, but was forced to leave the game after taking a foul-tip off his facemask. He originally stayed n the game, but left a couple pitches later. He presumably left because of concussion like symptoms.

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