American League Game Summary - Baltimore at New York
(Monday, April 30th)
Final Score: New York 2, Baltimore 1
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Eric Chavez's two-run homer backed Hiroki
Kuroda's solid start and gave the New York Yankees a series-opening 2-1
victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Kuroda (2-3) limited Baltimore to one run on four hits and one walk over his
seven-inning performance, while David Robertson and Mariano Rivera each hurled
a scoreless inning of relief to finish off New York's third win in four games.
The Orioles, riding a 6-1 stretch coming in, wasted a solid effort from Jason
Hammel (3-1), who took his first loss despite allowing only two runs on five
hits over six frames.
Adam Jones scored the Orioles' only run in the second inning, as he led off
with a walk, advanced to third on Matt Wieters' double off the right-field
wall and raced in on Chris Davis' long fly ball to the warning track in left.
Eduardo Nunez, making his first career start in left field because of injuries
to Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher, crashed into the wall making the catch on
Davis' sacrifice fly.
The Yankees responded with the only two runs they needed in their half. Mark
Teixeira began the inning with a single that narrowly stayed fair down the
first-base line, and two batters later Chavez crushed his third home run of
the season into the bullpen beyond the wall in right-center.
"It was a two-seam sinker. ... It started down the middle of the plate and
didn't move too much. It was right down the middle, so [Chavez] hit a homer
off of it," Hammel said.
Both starters settled in and worked out of trouble late in their outings.
Hammel wiggled out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the sixth by getting
Raul Ibanez to ground into a double play, and Kuroda stranded a pair in
scoring position an inning later with the help of a lucky bounce.
A wild pitch put Nick Markakis on third and Wieters on second with one away,
and after striking out Davis, Kuroda threw a 1-0 pitch in the dirt that got
away from Russell Martin. The ball caromed just to the left of the catcher,
and Martin recovered fast enough to shovel the ball from his knees to Kuroda,
who blocked the plate and tagged out the head-first sliding Markakis.
Robertson struck out the side in the eighth, and Rivera earned his fifth save
by shaking off a one-out single and getting Markakis to hit into a 6-4-3
"There's so many guys that are just overmatched by [Robertson's] fastball.
It's just a luxury to have a guy like that in the eighth inning to set you up
for [Rivera]," Martin said.
The Yankees swept the Orioles in Baltimore earlier this year...Orioles manager
Buck Showalter was trying for win No. 1,000 for his career...Orioles leadoff
hitter Nolan Reimold went 0-for-4 to snap a 14-game hitting streak...Chavez's
home run was the only extra-base hit in the game...The middle test of this
three-game set will pit Baltimore's Brian Matusz against New York's Phil
Hughes on Tuesday...Game time: 2:22.
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