American League Game Summary - New York at Baltimore|
(Tuesday, September 10th)
Final Score: New York 7, Baltimore 5
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Alfonso Soriano's second home run of the
night, a tie-breaking two-run shot in the top of the eighth inning, lifted the
New York Yankees to a 7-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the second
test of a key four-game series from Camden Yards.
"He's been a good player for a long time. It's a good pickup for them," O's
manager Buck Showalter said of Soriano.
The Yankees trailed 4-3 after seven innings before tagging Baltimore relievers
Kevin Gausman (2-5) and Francisco Rodriguez for four runs in the eighth to
halt a six-game losing streak in Baltimore.
Soriano had a solo blast off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez earlier in the
game, while Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in the
triumph, only New York's second in its past six tilts. Alex Rodriguez
contributed two doubles and an RBI for the Yanks.
Adam Warren (2-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning in relief of Ivan
Nova, who surrendered four runs over six frames, with Mariano Rivera recording
the final four outs to earn the 650th save of his career.
"With the punch that we have now, you feel you can come back," Yankees manager
Joe Girardi said.
Chris Davis belted a two-run homer, his 49th of the season, and finished 2-
for-2 with a pair of runs scored for the Orioles. Gonzalez held the Yankees to
three runs while fanning six prior to exiting after six innings with a one-run
Alex Rodriguez began the Yankees' eighth-inning rally with a leadoff double
into the left-field corner in front of Robinson Cano's single off Gausman that
knotted the score at 4-4. Soriano then stepped up and launched a long homer to
the opposite field that put New York in front to stay.
The Yankees tacked on an insurance run later in the inning when Curtis
Granderson and Reynolds delivered back-to-back doubles against Francisco
Baltimore managed to pull within 7-5 in the bottom of the eighth, as Davis
drew a walk and advanced to third on two wild pitches from New York's Shawn
Kelley before crossing the plate on Matt Wieters' sac fly.
Rivera then entered and set down all four batters he faced to notch his 42nd
save of the year.
After failing to get a runner past first base against Nova over the first four
innings, the Orioles broke through with a four-hit barrage on the Yankees'
right-hander to erase a 1-0 deficit in the fifth.
J.J. Hardy and Brian Roberts began Baltimore's half of the frame with singles
and Henry Urrutia followed with an infield hit, in which New York shortstop
Eduardo Nunez threw wildly to first to enable Hardy to score the tying run.
Roberts, who took third on the error, came home on Nick Markakis' fly ball to
left when Alex Rodriguez cut off Soriano's throw on what appeared to be a
close play at the plate.
Shortly afterward, Davis hammered Nova's first-pitch curveball into the seats
to stake the Orioles to a 4-1 lead.
New York used the long ball to close the gap in the sixth. Soriano lined a low
fastball from Gonzalez into the seats in left, and Reynolds hit a no-doubter
two batters later to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees a 1-0 edge with a two-out double into the
left-center field gap in the third that brought in Chris Stewart, who had
reached on a single and raced from first to beat the relay throw home.
Davis' homer was his 27th at Oriole Park this year, tying Frank Robinson's
club record for home runs at home in a single season set in 1966. Robinson
also finished with 49 that year, one shy of Brady Anderson's franchise mark in
1996 ... Baltimore had gone 9-2 in Gonzalez's 11 previous home starts this
season ... Yankees catcher Austin Romine left the game in the eighth inning
after taking a foul tip from the O's Adam Jones off his mask ... The Yankees
signed reliever Mike Zagurski prior to the game while transferring designated
hitter Travis Hafner (shoulder strain) to the 60-day disabled list.
09/11 02:50:37 ET