NEW YORK – The season of their lives has at least another day.
With just a run in the first 12 innings, the Orioles scored in the 13th to beat the New York Yankees 2-1 before 49,307 at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.
The American League Division Series is now tied at two games each, and the deciding game will be played Friday at 5:07 p.m.
Jason Hammel will face CC Sabathia, and the winner advances to the American League Championship Series against the winner of Thursday night’s Detroit-Oakland game. The Tigers had a six-run lead in the seventh inning.
The Orioles finally broke through in the top of the 13th against David Phelps.
Manny Machado led off with a double. He moved to third on an infield out by Nate McLouth. J.J. Hardy doubled to left for the go-ahead run.
Pedro Strop pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Jim Johnson, who allowed the game-tying home run to Raul Ibanez in the ninth inning on Wednesday, retired the Yankees in the 13th for the save.
With Joe Saunders pitching strongly, the Orioles left six on in four innings.
McClouth hit a home run to right field leading off the fifth off Phil Hughes, and saved a possible run in the bottom of the fifth.
With Russell Martin on first and one out, Nix hit a fly ball to left that McLouth made a great running catch on. He fired to Hardy at short, who relayed to first to easily double up Martin.
Derek Jeter doubled leading off the sixth, Ichiro Suzuki moved him to third with a bunt. Mark Teixeira walked. Jeter scored on Robinson Cano’s infield out, tying the score.
Tommy Hunter replaced Saunders and struck out Rodriguez for the third out.
Saunders worked 5 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits, walking four and striking out five.
Hughes left after 6 2/3. He gave up one run on four hits. He walked three and struck out eight.
In the bottom of the seventh, Hunter got Nick Swisher to fly to right and Martin to pop to second, but Ryan Flaherty dropped the ball for an error. Troy Patton came into face Curtis Granderson who flied to left. Nix singled, and Luis Ayala replaced Patton and struck out Jeter.
In the eighth, David Robertson retired the Orioles in order.
In the bottom of the eighth, Suzuki and Teixeira led off with base hits against Ayala. Brian Matusz retired Cano on an infield out. Darren O’Day struck out Rodriguez and Swisher flied to right.
Against Rafael Soriano, Jim Thome reached on an infield single that Nix couldn’t handle. Lew Ford ran for him, but was quickly picked off.
In the bottom of the ninth, O’Day retired the side in order and Soriano did the same in the top of the 10th.
O’Day worked the 10th, too. His 2 2/3 innings were his most since Sept. 5, 2008.
In the top of the 12th, Matt Wieters singled to left, but the barrel of the bat shattered and flew right to Joba Chamberlain’s right elbow. He couldn’t continue after the bruise, and Phelps finished the inning.