Yankees 4, Orioles 2: Four-Run Fourth Inning Leads New York To Series Victory

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Yankees 4, Orioles 2: Four-Run Fourth Inning Leads New York To Series Victory

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – The good news for the Baltimore Orioles is that they opened and capped the scoring.

The bad news? The four runs the New York Yankees put up in the fourth inning to propel them to a 4-2 victory over the Orioles in the finale of a four-game series.

Baltimore starter Jake Arrieta (10-8) flirted with disaster by loading the bases in both the first and third innings. He managed to pitch out of both jams, but if you continue to play with fire…well, you know the rest.

The Yankees, trailing 1-0 on an infield RBI single by Adam Jones in the third, loaded the bases with nobody out in the next frame.

Eric Chavez walked, Russell Martin reached on shortstop J.J. Hardy’s fielding error and Eduardo Nunez singled. Brett Gardner followed by slapping a pitch down the first base line and into the right field corner for a three-run triple. Gardner eventually scored when Curtis Granderson grounded out softly to first base.

Baltimore got a run back in the sixth. Yankees starter Freddy Garcia (10-7) gave up a one-out single to Jones, who stole second base and came home on Vladimir Guerrero’s base hit to center field.

David Robertson recorded the final out in the seventh for New York and struck out the side in the eighth.

Mariano Rivera earned his 27th save with a flawless ninth.


Yankees-Orioles Score: Record-Setting First Inning Leads To 17-3 Yankee Victory

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Robinson Cano had a career night and the Yankees scored a franchise-record 12 runs in the first inning, on the way to 24 hits and a 17-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles to sweep a day/night doubleheader.

Nick Swisher clubbed a two-run homer and Brett Gardner added a two-run single during an 8-3 Yankee win in the day contest.

In the night game, the Yankees pounded Orioles starter Zach Britton during a 40-minute bottom of the first inning. The 12 runs are the most scored in the first frame for the team and the most in any inning for the Yankees since a 13-run eighth against Tampa Bay on June 21, 2005.

Cano went 5-for-5 with five RBI, including a pair of run-scoring singles in the first inning. Swisher belted a two-run homer to cap the 10-hit frame, which saw 16 men come to the plate.

The beneficiary of the offense was Ivan Nova (9-4), who made his first major league appearance since July 1. The right-hander fanned six batters through seven innings and won his fifth straight decision.

“I thought he got better as the game went on,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought he used his stuff better. I thought his slider helped him tonight.”

Britton (6-8), who dropped his fourth consecutive decision, didn’t make it out of the nightmare opening frame, as he was charged with seven hits and nine runs — six earned — while recording just one out. Jason Berken had just as much trouble over the next 2 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs.

The offensive numbers were eye-popping for the Yankees, who went 12-for-25 with men in scoring position. Every starter in the lineup had at least one RBI, except for Curtis Granderson, who had four hits and scored three times. Andruw Jones hit a mammoth homer in the third inning.

Vladimir Guerrero went 4-for-4 with a homer and drove in two runs for the Orioles, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

Matt Wieters lined out to a sliding Brett Gardner in left field to end the top of the first, as the Orioles left the bases full.

The Yankees, winners in five of their last seven, then had a stretch of nine straight batters reaching base in the bottom of the inning after Derek Jeter struck out to open the frame.

Cano’s single to left plated Curtis Granderson and Swisher then reached safely when shortstop J.J. Hardy bobbled a bouncer. That plated Mark Teixeira. Jones smacked an RBI double high off the fence in left, Russell Martin singled to right for another run and Eduardo Nunez followed suit for a 5-0 cushion.

“I wasn’t able to make adjustments,” said Britton, who didn’t make it out of the first inning against Boston in his last start – July 8 at Fenway Park. In the two combined games Britton has given up 13 hits and 13 runs over one inning.

It only got worse for Britton, as Gardner legged out an infield hit on a high chop that the Orioles starter threw late to first base. Jeter followed with a two-run ground single to right field.

“I felt like I was getting ground balls, just not where I wanted to,” Britton said. “I just wasn’t able to mix any offspeed pitches enough to keep them off balance. It seemed like they were just sitting on the fastball.”

Berken then entered and fanned Granderson, but Teixeira doubled to the right field corner for a 9-0 lead. Cano singled him in and Swisher crushed a 1-0 pitch to the right field bleacher to finish the uprising which saw the Orioles throw 70 pitches.

Cano doubled in two runs during a three-run second and Jones smashed a ball off the back of the bullpen in left-center leading off the bottom of the third.

In between, Gurrero doubled in a run and he homered to right in the sixth.

Cano added an RBI double in the sixth before Mark Reynolds capped Baltimore’s scoring with a single to center in the eighth.


Yankees 8, Orioles 3: Nick Swisher's Three-Hit Day Propels New York To Victory

Nick Swisher collected three hits, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday afternoon to help propel the New York Yankees past the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 8-3, in game one of a day-night doubleheader. Yankees starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (8-6) tossed five innings allowing just two earned runs and striking out six batters to collect the win, while third basemen Eric Chavez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI.

After giving up two runs and losing an early 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, Swisher came to the plate with no outs and hit his 13th homer of the season, which drove in Robinson Cano, to right-center field to help the Yankees gain a 4-2 lead. New York increased it's lead to 8-2 with another run in the fourth and three-run fifth. From there, relief pitcher Corey Wade allowed just one run in three innings, while Boone Logan threw a scoreless ninth inning.

In the night cap, which begins at 7:05 p.m., Yankees rookie pitcher Ivan Nova (8-4) will match up against Baltimore's Zach Britton (6-7). Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson, who each did not play earlier in the day, are expected to be back in the lineup.

Final - 7.30.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 1
New York Yankees 0 0 2 3 3 0 0 0 X 8 11 1
WP: Bartolo Colon (8 - 6)
LP: Chris Tillman (2 - 4)

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Yankees-Orioles Score: New York Falls, 4-2

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Mark Reynolds clubbed a two-run homer and Derrek Lee also went deep and finished with two RBI, and the Orioles held off the New York Yankees for the first time this season, 4-2, to start a four-game series.

Jeremy Guthrie (5-14) got a rare win against the Yankees. The right-hander came into the game 3-9 with a 5.66 ERA vs. New York, but picked up his first career victory at the new Yankee Stadium (1-3) thanks to limiting his opponents to four hits and a run while fanning five over seven innings.

The teams waited out a one-hour, 49-minute rain delay at the start, but it was the last-place Orioles who capitalized on pitching mistakes. Baltimore beat the Yankees for the first time in seven tries this season.

A.J. Burnett (8-9) had a season-high 10 strikeouts over eight innings, but remained winless (0-3) over his last five starts. He gave up five hits and four runs.

Mark Teixeira homered and Jorge Posada had a pair of hits for the Yankees, who lost for just the sixth time in their last 23 home games.

The Yankees threatened to tie the game in the ninth inning, but Kevin Gregg managed to escape trouble after allowing one run to earn his 17th save of the year. Robinson Cano doubled past a diving Reynolds at third to start the bottom of the ninth. Gregg then served up an RBI double to left from Nick Swisher, but Eric Chavez flied out. Posada walked and Russell Martin then ran the count to 3-0, but grounded into a force play, placing runners at the corners.

Brett Gardner turned to walk to first base after taking a 3-1 pitch seemingly outside, but home plate umpire Mike DiMuro signaled strike. Gardner then busted his bat in the dirt in frustration after swinging through the next pitch to end the game.

“This game at times can be frustrating,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It just shows you the passion he has. I have no problem with it at all.”

Lee walked with one out in the second, leading to Reynolds’ 22nd homer of the year, a shot to right-center field on a first offering from Burnett.

The Yankees wasted an opportunity with two men on base in the third, and the O’s expanded their lead to 3-0 in the fourth. Vladimir Guerrero laced a ground-rule double with one out and Lee then doubled to center past the outstretched glove of Curtis Granderson.

“Derrek’s in a good spot right now swinging the bat,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Guthrie walked two batters in the fourth, but retired Chavez on a ground ball to end the threat.

Lee homered to right with two outs in the sixth, but Teixeira went deep for the 29th time in the bottom of the frame.

Orioles reliever Koji Uehara left Derek Jeter stranded at second in the eighth when he got Teixeira to fly out to cap the inning.

The teams will play a day/night doubleheader Saturday.


New York Yankees Roster Moves: Rafael Soriano Activated From Disabled List

The New York Yankees today activated relief pitcher Rafael Soriano from the disabled list, an addition to their roster that could turn out to be bigger than any trade general manager Brian Cashman is able to make in the next couple of days.

Soriano, the high-priced free-agent reliever signed in the offseason to set up for Mariano Rivera, had been on the disabled list for more than two months with an elbow injury.

Soriano led the American League with 45 saves for Tampa Bay a season ago, but struggled early this season with the Yankees, compiling a 5.40 ERA in 16 games before going on the disabled list.

Soriano said he would not mind if manager Joe Girardi uses him in the sixth or seventh inning and allows All-Star David Robertson to continue pitching the eighth inning.

If Soriano proves healthy for the rest of the season he would be a huge addition for the Yankees, strengthening an already good bullpen.

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