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Orioles tie series at 2 with 2-1 13th inning win over Yankees

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Orioles tie series at 2 with 2-1 13th inning win over Yankees

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indians' 14-hit victory hands Orioles 8th loss in 9 games

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Indians' 14-hit victory hands Orioles 8th loss in 9 games

BALTIMORE — The Cleveland Indians figured it would only be a matter of time before their struggling offense provided some support to a solid starting rotation.

Jose Ramirez and the rest of the batting order finally got into a groove Sunday, and the result was a 14-hit attack that carried Corey Kluber and the Indians past the Baltimore Orioles 7-3.

Cleveland came into the game with a .211 team batting average and ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs scored. On this day, however, Ramirez hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and a two-run drive in the ninth, and Yan Gomes had three hits to lift his batting average 41 points to .261.

"When things are not going my way, I stay positive and work it," Ramirez said through a translator. "I know eventually I'm going to break out."

Ramirez has three homers in two games and a team-leading seven for the season.

"I try not to do too much," Ramirez said. "I just look for a good pitch and then I hit it somewhere."

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Kluber yielded two home runs to Manny Machado, but the Indians twice came from behind before tacking on three runs in the ninth.

"I thought we did a pretty good job," manager Terry Francona said. "When they came back, we came back at them. We kept pushing and took some better swings."

Kluber (3-1) allowed three runs and six hits over seven-plus innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner walked none and struck out four to move past Charles Nagy into sixth place on the Indians' career strikeout list with 1,238.

"It doesn't matter if you feel you pitched well or didn't pitch well. The goal is to end the game with more runs they do," Kluber said. "That's what we did."

Machado's third multihomer game of the season wasn't enough to prevent the Orioles from losing for the ninth time in 10 games, a skid that has dropped them 10 games under .500 (6-16).

"You know what? There's no excuse for what's happening," Machado said. "We need to play better overall. Nobody is in here pointing fingers. We are in here together, and we are going to ride or die together."

Andrew Cashner (1-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out seven. He's 0-3 with 7.41 ERA in three lifetime appearances against the Indians.

After Machado connected in the first inning, Cleveland went up 2-1 in the fourth when Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso hit successive doubles following a leadoff homer by Ramirez.

Baltimore regained the lead in the bottom half. After Machado homered, Adam Jones doubled and scored on a single by Chris Davis.

A pair of walks and run-scoring singles by Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley put the Indians up 4-3 in the fifth.

"Once you get the lead, you can't give it up," Cashner lamented.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: CF Bradley Zimmer was a late scratch with a mild right ankle sprain. He was replaced by Rajai Davis.

Orioles: LF Trey Mancini missed a second straight game with a swollen right knee. ... DH Mark Trumbo (strained right quad) will begin a three-game stint with Double-A Bowie on Monday, then play three games with Triple-A Norfolk later in the week, manager Buck Showalter said. He won't be rushed to return. "It's important we get it right the first time," Showalter said.

WELL RESTED

Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin threw a side session Saturday and is expected to start Tuesday against the Cubs. Francona opted to skip Tomlin's last scheduled start Wednesday to reset the rotation after Cleveland had two straight games postponed last weekend.

UP NEXT

Indians: Carlos Carrasco (3-0, 3.48 ERA) starts the series finale Monday night. The right-hander is 9-0 with a 1.75 ERA over his past 11 starts since Aug. 27.

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 5.57) makes his fifth start of the season after allowing 27 hits -- including six homers -- over 21 innings.

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

BALTIMORE -- Mike Clevenger pitched a two-hitter in his first career complete game, and the Cleveland Indians hit three solo homers off Chris Tillman in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading fifth home run. Yan Gomes and Yonder Alonso also went deep for Cleveland, which came into the game ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs and last in batting average.

Clevenger (2-0) hardly needed the offensive support. Pitching on seven days' rest, the right-hander struck out three, walked two and allowed only one runner past first base.

The only two hits he allowed were singles by Manny Machado in the fourth inning and Chance Sisco in the fifth.

It was Clevenger's 35th career start. His previous longest outing was 7 1/3 innings, earlier this month against Kansas City.

While Clevenger is unbeaten in 11 starts since July 31, Tillman has experienced an opposite fate. This was his 22nd straight start without a victory, dating back to his first outing last season.

Tillman (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and a walk in six innings. The three home runs were one more than he yielded in his first three starts this season.

Michael Brantley hit a run-scoring groundout in the first inning and Gomes connected in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.

The Orioles put runners on the corners with one out in the fourth, their lone threat against Clevenger, who responded by retiring Tim Beckham on a short fly to left and getting Anthony Santander to ground out.

Ramirez led off the sixth with a drive to left, and Alonso hit a two-out shot that landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field scoreboard.