NEW YORK – Their magnificent season concluded quietly.
The Orioles couldn’t do anything against CC Sabathia, and the star left-hander won his second game against them in the series.
Sabathia held the Orioles to just four hits in a complete game as the New York Yankees won their American League Division Series 3-2 with a 3-1win before 47,081 at Yankee Stadium on Friday.
During the regular season, Sabathia was 0-2 with a 6.38 ERA in three starts against Baltimore. Before this year, he was 16-2.
In Game 1, he went 8 2/3 innings for the win, and in Game 5, he was superb.
The Orioles hoped to win Games 3 and 4 to keep away from the mighty Sabathia. They knew what could happen.
It was a terrific season for the Orioles. They won 93 games and fought the Yankees to an 11-11 draw for the first 22 games between them. In the 23rd, Sabathia was the difference.
It wasn’t until the eighth when he allowed a run on three hits that the Orioles threatened.
New York hosts the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series beginning on Saturday night. The Orioles go home.
Sabathia plowed through the Orioles in order, retiring the first nine batters before Nate McLouth singled to start the fourth. He stole second with two outs in the fourth.
Matt Wieters walked to lead off the fifth, but he was erased on a double play.
Jason Hammel retired 12 straight before Mark Teixeira led off the fifth with a base hit. With first baseman Mark Reynolds not holding him on, Teixeira stole second. He had just two steals in the regular season.
Raul Ibanez singled to score Teixeira. Later that inning, Curtis Granderson singled and stole second, but didn’t score.
For the Yankees, the back story this series has been the decline of Alex Rodriguez and how manager Joe Girardi has been handling it.
On Wednesday, Girardi pinch hit for A-Rod and was rewarded when Ibanez hit two home runs to tie and win the game. A day later, Girardi dropped him to fifth, then pinch hit for him again in the 13th inning.
On Friday, Rodriguez wasn’t in the lineup at all.
In the sixth, McLouth hit a long fly ball to right that was called foul. After manager Buck Showalter argued, the umpires reviewed the call, and affirmed it. Television replays showed that the ball may have ticked the foul pole, but the call stood. On the next pitch, McClouth struck out.
In the bottom of the sixth, Derek Jeter walked with one out and scored on Ichiro Suzuki’s double for New York’s second run. After Hammel struck out Robinson Cano, Teixeira was walked intentionally, and Troy Patton struck out Ibanez to end the inning.
Hammel threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He walked two and struck out six.
Granderson slammed a home run to run with one out in the seventh for a 3-0 lead.
Wieters singled to start the eighth. Manny Machado walked and Mark Reynolds was struck out. Lew Ford singled to score Wieters. Robert Andino reached on an infield hit to load the bases. McLouth struck out and J.J. Hardy grounded to short, ending any Orioles hope.
Adam Jones, who was just 2-for-26 in the postseason, flied out to start the ninth. Chris Davis struck out and Wieters grounded back to Sabathia as many of the Orioles stayed at the railing to watch the Yankees celebrate.