American League Game Summary - New York at Baltimore
(Monday, May 14th)
Final Score: New York 8, Baltimore 5
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Mark Teixeira hit a go-ahead two-run homer in
the seventh inning Monday night and the New York Yankees topped the Baltimore
Orioles, 8-5, in the opener of a two-game series.
Curtis Granderson also homered and Alex Rodriguez had three hits in New York's
fourth win in five games.
Derek Jeter grounded into two double plays but also passed Robin Yount for
16th place on the all-time hits list with a single in the third inning, his
J.J. Hardy had a two-run homer for the Orioles, who have dropped two in a row.
The Yankees were just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position but managed to
plate seven runs between the fourth and seventh innings to take the lead.
They loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth to chase Orioles starter Jason
Hammel. Robinson Cano led off with a double while Teixeira and Nick Swisher
both drew walks. Two runs scored when Raul Ibanez, batting against Luis Ayala
(1-1), hit the ball past first baseman Chris Davis, who was charged with an
Ayala stayed on for the seventh and took the loss after Rodriguez hit a
leadoff single in front of Teixeira's one-out homer to right for a 7-5 Yankees
The Yankees added a run in the ninth inning on Eric Chavez's bases-loaded sac
fly off Dana Eveland and Rafael Soriano worked around a Chavez error -- he let
Nick Markakis' pop up drop behind third base -- to earn his second save.
"That was a huge home run for us to put us ahead 7-5," Yankees manager Joe
Girardi said about Teixeira's blast. "To get that two-run homer I thought was
really important and then we tacked on one with some good at-bats late in the
Hammel allowed five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and three walks while
Yankees starter Ivan Nova gave up five runs on seven his and three walks in 5
David Phelps (1-1) earned the win with a scoreless inning.
Xavier Avery sparked Baltimore's two-run first inning with a leadoff double,
his first major league hit, and scored on Hardy's single. Hardy went to second
on a ground out and came home on Adam Jones' double.
Rodriguez and Cano hit back-to-back singles to start the fourth inning and
both scored on Swisher's one-out double to the left-center field wall to tie
the game at 2-2.
After Jeter grounded into a double play in the fifth, Granderson blasted his
12th homer of the season over the wall in right for a 3-2 lead.
The Orioles came back to take a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth, sparked
by Robert Andino's leadoff walk and Avery's RBI triple. The big blast was
Hardy's ninth homer of the season, a two-run shot to left-center field.
"We took the lead again. We just couldn't hold on to it," said Orioles manager
The Yankees are 5-2 against the Orioles this season...Major League Baseball
suspended Orioles prospect Billy Rowell 50 games on Monday for a second
violation of the league's drug prevention and treatment program. Rowell was
the club's top selection in the 2006 first-year player draft...Ibanez left the
game after being hit on the right elbow by Eveland in the ninth...Jeter had
passed Tony Gwynn on Sunday. Paul Waner is 15th on the list with 3,152
hits...Nova's loss May 2 to the Orioles ended his 15-decision winning streak
dating to last June.
05/15 01:19:39 ET
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