American League Game Summary - Baltimore at New York|
(Sunday, July 7th)
Final Score: Baltimore 2, New York 1
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Adam Jones belted a two-run homer off fellow AL
All-Star Mariano Rivera in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Baltimore
Orioles to a 2-1 road victory over the New York Yankees.
The Orioles were two outs away from being dealt a three-game sweep at the
hands of their division rivals when Nick Markakis singled to put the tying run
on base. Jones then swatted a second-pitch cutter from Rivera (1-2) into the
visiting bullpen to hand the legendary closer only his second blown save in 31
chances this season.
Darren O'Day (5-0) received the win after retiring both batters he faced in
the bottom of the eighth, while Jim Johnson bounced back from a blown save
in Friday's opener to strike out two during a perfect bottom of the inning
and close things out.
"It's off the greatest closer in the history of the game. I'll always remember
it," said Jones.
Markakis finished 3-for-4 for Baltimore, which wrapped up a six-game road trip
at 2-4 after taking all three meetings with the Yankees at Camden Yards the
New York had ripped off a season-best six wins in a row following that sweep,
and appeared in line for a seventh after Hiroki Kuroda held the Orioles to
three hits over seven scoreless innings and David Robertson tossed a 1-2-3
eighth to hand Rivera a 1-0 lead.
"The way Hiroki was pitching, I mean, he was doing outstanding," said Rivera.
"He did great. This would have been a great game to save, and I didn't."
Kuroda showed no ill effects from a sore left hip flexor that pushed his
originally scheduled assignment on Friday back a couple of days, as the
veteran righty set down 15-of-17 batters faced from the third through seventh
innings before giving way to Robertson. His only hit allowed over that stretch
was a leadoff double by Markakis in the fourth, but the Baltimore outfielder
was left stranded when Kuroda got the next three hitters to ground out.
Rivera nearly coughed up the lead when Markakis came within inches of a homer
to right with one out in the ninth, before taking the next pitch up the middle
for a single. Jones followed with a no-doubt blast to left center that put the
Orioles in front before Johnson shut the door in New York's half for his MLB-
leading 30th save.
"I wanted the ball more in," said Rivera of Jones' homer. "It didn't get in
Jason Hammel was able to keep the Orioles in the game despite laboring through
102 pitches over his five-inning stint, during which he permitted one run on
six hits and a pair of walks. His only real trouble came in the second, when
Zoilo Almonte grinded out an 11-pitch walk to start the bottom of the frame
and Lyle Overbay shot a single through the right side to send the rookie to
The right-hander got Luis Cruz to pop up harmlessly to right, but Eduardo
Nunez delivered a fly ball deep enough to enable Almonte to come home with the
game's first run.
New York managed just one baserunner, a walk by Chris Stewart in the seventh,
against the relief combo of T.J. McFarland, Troy Patton, O'Day and Johnson
over the final four innings.
Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner tied a dubious club record by striking out in
a 15th consecutive game when Hammel fanned him in the second inning ... Hammel
is now winless in seven straight starts, registering three losses and four no-
decisions, since besting Washington on May 27 ... New York fell to 13-25 this
season in games in which it has failed to homer ... The Yanks held "Newtown
Day" at the Stadium in honor of the victims of last December's shooting at
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, with approximately 4,000
residents of the town in attendance as guests of the team.
07/07 19:49:56 ET