Orioles Outlast Yankees
By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Mark Reynolds hit a tie-breaking single in the 11th inning after striking out four times and the Baltimore Orioles outlasted the New York Yankees 5-4 on Wednesday in another soggy game between two sleep-deprived teams.
Less than 11 hours after the Yankees completed a rain-delayed victory, the teams were back at it in the Bronx. The showers returned, too, though the game started on time and was never interrupted other than when the grounds crew needed to apply diamond dust to dry a soaked infield.
Nolan Reimold hit a two-run homer off A.J. Burnett and the Orioles took advantage of four Yankees errors, two by fill-in shortstop Eduardo Nunez. Both teams looked sleepy and sluggish in a sloppy game– with good reason, too.
With few options for a makeup date, they waited out a rain delay of 4 hours, 3 minutes on Tuesday night to play a game that ended at 2:15 a.m. Yankees players rushed home while the Orioles zipped back to their hotel to get a few precious hours of shuteye before heading back to the ballpark Wednesday morning for the 1:05 p.m. start.
New York tried to extend this one even longer, putting runners at the corners with two outs in the bottom of the 11th.
Pinch-hitter Eric Chavez, batting for Nunez, hit a low, sharp liner toward the middle, and shortstop Robert Andino went to the ground to knock it down. He shoveled to second to nip Curtis Granderson for the final out, ending the game after 4 hours, 23 minutes.
Pedro Strop (1-1) worked 1 1-3 scoreless innings and Jim Johnson got three outs for his third save.
The teams meet again in Baltimore on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. for the makeup of an Aug. 27 rainout, caused by Hurricane Irene.
Burnett, given a reprieve in the Yankees rotation, allowed four runs in six-plus innings. Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run double and prized prospect Jesus Montero a two-run single off the right-field fence. The AL East leaders, however, had their six-game winning streak snapped.
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