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Yankees-Orioles Score: New York Edges Baltimore, 3-2

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – Freddy Garcia returned from the disabled list and pitched six strong innings, and Nick Swisher clubbed a two-run homer, as the New York Yankees topped Baltimore, 3-2, to conclude a four-game series.

Garcia (11-7), who hadn’t pitched since August 7 due to a lacerated right index finger, allowed just two hits, including a solo homer to Mark Reynolds, and had four strikeouts. Garcia won his fourth straight decision.

Mariano Rivera retired the side in order in the ninth for his 34th save of the year.

The Yankees won despite playing without shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez, and moved within 1 1/2 games of the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. The Yankees start a three-game series in Boston Tuesday.

Rodriguez was sent back to New York on Monday for an MRI on his jammed left thumb, while Jeter sat out due to a bruised right knee.

J.J. Hardy also went deep for the Orioles, who have lost two in a row since a six-game winning streak.

Alfredo Simon (4-7) had six strikeouts over seven innings, but lost for the third time in his last four decisions.

The teams split a day/night doubleheader Sunday due to Hurricane Irene, and in the series finale, the Yankees scored in the opening inning. Curtis Granderson walked with one out and Mark Teixeira doubled to the right field corner for his 100th RBI of the season.

Robinson Cano singled ahead of Swisher’s blast to right field in the fourth inning for a 3-0 difference. Six of Swisher’s last eight hits have been home runs.

After allowing a first-inning double to Adam Jones, Garcia set down 11 straight hitters until Reynolds homered to left field.

Garcia didn’t give up a hit in the sixth and Rafael Soriano fanned the final two men of the seventh.

David Robertson, who had not allowed a run over his last 12 appearances and a homer over his previous 71 outings, surrendered one to left to Hardy on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning. In fact, it was his first run given up on the road all season.

Nick Markakis walked and stole second with two outs, but Jones fanned to end the frame.

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Yankees-Orioles Score, Game 2: Five Home Runs Lead To 8-3 Yankee Victory

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - The New York Yankees turned Camden Yards into a launch pad.

The American League Wild Card leaders belted five home runs, including three in a row during the sixth inning and a pair from Curtis Granderson, to beat the Baltimore Orioles, 8-3, and earn a split of a Sunday's day-night doubleheader.

Granderson drove in four while upping his home run total this season to an MLB-best 38. He also leads the majors with 107 RBI.

"It's incredible what he's done this year," said New York manager Joe Girardi about Granderson. "There's been a lot of talk about MVP and that will all be settled later, but he's been unbelievable for us."

Ivan Nova (14-4), the leader among all rookies in wins, overcame a sluggish start to pitch into the eighth inning for the Yankees. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits through the first three frames. Baltimore mustered only two more hits before Nova departed with two men on base and no outs.

David Robertson relieved Nova and Adam Jones singled to load the bases. But the Yankees reliever struck out Vladimir Guerrero, Mark Reynolds and Ryan Adams -- all swinging -- to escape the jam.

New York, which rebounded from a 2-0 loss in the opener, trails Boston by two games in the AL East.

Baltimore starter Brian Matusz (1-7) surrendered six runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Orioles pushed across a run in each of the first three innings, with Jones' second sacrifice fly tying the game after Granderson smashed a three- run homer in the top of the third.

Robinson Cano broke the tie in the Yankees' sixth when he followed a one-out single by Mark Teixeira with a two-run blast to left field. Nick Swisher then went deep before Andruw Jones greeted Baltimore's Chris Jakubauskas with a drive over the wall in left-center.

Granderson homered off Mark Hendrickson to give New York a five-run lead in the seventh.

Nova has won 10 straight decisions, tying him with Johnny Allen for the third- longest winning streak by a Yankees rookie pitcher...New York shortstop Derek Jeter was a late scratch for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with a bruised right knee.


Final - 8.28.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 3 0 0 4 1 0 0 8 11 0
Baltimore Orioles 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
WP: Ivan Nova (14 - 4)
LP: Brian Matusz (1 - 7)

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Yankees-Orioles Score, Game 1: Baltimore Shuts Out Yankees, 2-0

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – Zach Britton tossed seven scoreless innings and Vladimir Guerrero drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, as Baltimore nipped the New York Yankees, 2-0, in the front end of a day-night doubleheader at Camden Yards.

Mark Reynolds had three hits and scored an insurance run on J.J. Hardy’s single in the eighth for the Orioles, who shook off the delay caused by Hurricane Irene on Saturday to win their sixth straight game.

Britton (8-9) scattered four hits and struck out five during his outing, and Kevin Gregg turned in a scoreless ninth to earn his 19th save.

Bartolo Colon (8-9) was the hard-luck loser, allowing seven hits and two runs over 7 2/3 frames for the Yankees, who have dropped four of five.

Derek Jeter of the Yankees passed Mickey Mantle on the franchise’s all- time games played list at 2,402. He was the designated hitter Sunday afternoon.

The game was scoreless through six innings, with Colon allowing just two hits and Britton giving up four.

But Nick Markakis began the seventh with a double off the scoreboard in right, then scored two batters later when Guerrero punched a single through the right side. Guerrero was thrown out trying to stretch the hit and Matt Wieters lined out to keep it 1-0.

Singles from Reynolds, Ryan Adams and Hardy produced Baltimore’s second run in the eighth and chased Colon for Boone Logan. The New York reliever got Markakis to fly out to left to limit the damage.

Gregg yielded a one-out bloop single from Mark Teixeira in the ninth, but escaped trouble and ended the game by inducing a 6-4-3 double-play grounder from Alex Rodriguez.

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