Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Nick Swisher’s one-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth lifted the New York Yankees to a 3-2 victory over Baltimore in the finale of a three-game set.
Koji Uehara (1-1) began the home ninth by giving up a single to Alex Rodriguez, then retired Robinson Cano on a deep fly to center. Swisher then lofted the game-winning blast over the wall in left-center to end the game.
The hit made a winner of Joba Chamberlain (3-4), who struck out two in a scoreless top of the ninth.
Brett Gardner added an RBI double for the Yankees, who stemmed a three-game slide and finished their homestand at 7-3. New York moved two games ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL East, with the Rays playing the Red Sox later Wednesday.
“The feeling is that we could come back,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s the feeling this club has always had. We’ve had some comebacks and they did a nice job.”
Matt Wieters slugged a two-run homer for the Orioles, whose four-game win streak came to a halt.
The Yankees grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third off O’s starter Brad Bergesen. Curtis Granderson led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a grounder by Francisco Cervelli before scoring on a double by Gardner, who was gunned down trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
“Stuff-wise I felt I was commanding the outside part of the plate good today,” Bergesen said. “I threw a good sinker when I needed to and the change-up was working well for me today to keep them off balance. Those were the things I think were the key.”
Baltimore forged ahead in the fifth against Yanks starter Ivan Nova as Adam Jones singled, reached second on a wild pitch and came in when Wieters reached the seats in left for a two-run blast.
New York failed to score in the home fifth with two on and one out after Gardner grounded into an inning-ending double play, then Nova ended his outing by working out of a two-on, two-out jam in the sixth when Cesar Izturis lined out to short.
The Bombers also failed despite having runners on the corners and two down in the seventh, as Jim Johnson retired Cervelli on a grounder to third.
Johnson then set down the Yanks in order in the eighth.
For Swisher, it was his third career walkoff home run…It was also his second walk-off hit of the season after his game-winning RBI single on July 16 against Tampa Bay…If the Yankees had lost, it would have marked the first time since June 6-8, 1986 that the Orioles swept a series lasting at least three games in the Bronx…New York has only been swept once this year, by the Rays in a two-game set on May 19-20…Nova allowed six hits and two runs with six strikeouts and two walks over six innings, and Bergesen scattered four hits and a run while fanning five in 6 1/3 frames…Following the game, the Yankees announced that catcher Jorge Posada was hurt when hit by a foul ball in Tuesday’s game. He had concussion-like symptoms Wednesday and was sent to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for evaluation.