After a 45-minute rain delay in the top of the 11th inning the New York Yankees apparently figured Sunday's game with the Baltimore Orioles had gone on long enough. The Yankees wasted no time scoring three runs in the top of the 11th and went on to defeat the Orioles, 6-3.
The Yankees used a leadoff double by Robinson Cano, followed by a succession of infield singles and Baltimore errors for their three-run rally.
Cano led off with a double off Jason Berken (0-1), then stole third when the Orioles tried to pick him off second base. Berken struck out Nick Swisher before intentionally walking pinch-hitter Eric Chavez.
The string of infield singles began with Russell Martin's hit to short, and Robert Andino's throwing error allowed Chavez to move to third. Berken then fanned Brett Gardner, but Derek Jeter hit a ball to third. A charging Reynolds had no play at the plate -- Chavez scored to make it 5-3 -- and his throw to first sailed wide to put runners on second and third. Curtis Granderson followed with a hard-hit ball toward the hole on the right side of the infield and it caromed off the glove of a diving Brian Roberts. Martin crossed the plate to put the Yankees up by three.
Boone Logan (1-1), who had thrown a scoreless 10th for New York, got the first out of the home 11th. Buddy Carlyle got the final two outs to end the game.
The Yankees probably figured they should not have had to work that hard for the victory in the first place. Leading 3-0 after six innings Manager Joe Girardi made the questionable decision to remove Garcia, who had surrendered just two hits at that point.
Joba Chamberlain took over for Garcia in the seventh and gave up a one-out single to Adam Jones before Reynolds blasted a homer to right, making it a 3-2 game.
Mariano Rivera entered to get the final out of the eighth and stayed in for the ninth. The final out came on a tremendous game-saving running catch by left fielder Brett Gardner on a ball that would have scored two runs.
Rivera walked the leadoff batter, Jones, in the ninth but seemed to be on his way out of the inning by fanning the next two. But a pinch-hit single by Jake Fox put two on for Roberts, who ripped a double down the right field line.
While Jones scored easily, a strong throw from Swisher beat pinch-runner Andino, who was tagged out to keep the Orioles from ending the game.
New York had a chance to go in front in the 10th, when it had runners on the corners and one out. Teixeira hit a fly ball to center, and Jones made a strong throw to Matt Wieters. He caught the ball high, but blocked the plate in order to tag out a sliding Derek Jeter.
Jeter wound up with four hits for the Yankees and Granderson had three hits and three RBI.
-- Sports Network contributed to this report.
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|WP: Boone Logan (1 - 1)
LP: Jason Berken (0 - 1)
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