By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Robert Andino singled home the winning run in
the 10th inning after tying it in the eighth, and the Baltimore
Orioles rallied to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 Thursday.
Vladimir Guerrero homered, doubled twice and scored two runs for
the Orioles, who celebrated their second straight extra-inning win
over the Yankees by mobbing Andino at second base.
In the 10th, Nolan Reimold got an infield hit off Scott Proctor
(0-1) with one out and advanced on a walk. Andino then hit a
grounder inside third base that got Reimold home without a throw.
Clay Rapada (1-0) retired the only batter he faced in the 10th.
New York starter Ivan Nova allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings.
The right-hander was poised to tie a Yankees single-season rookie
record with his 12th straight victory (over 13 starts) before
Baltimore pulled even in the eighth. Although that mark is still
possible, Nova’s run of eight consecutive winning starts ended.
Down 4-3, the Orioles missed a chance to tie it in the seventh
when Nick Markakis was thrown out at the plate trying to score from
first on a one-out double by Guerrero.
In the eighth, Mark Reynolds was cut down attempting to score on
a single by Chris Davis, who took second on the play. Andino
followed with an RBI single.
Derek Jeter and Eric Chavez each had two RBIs for the Yankees,
whose lead in the AL East shrunk to two games, pending Boston’s
game at Toronto on Thursday night.
It was the fourth game in four days between the division foes.
The first three were held at Yankee Stadium before both teams
headed south to Camden Yards for a makeup of an Aug. 27 contest
postponed by Hurricane Irene.
Afterward, New York headed to Los Angeles and the Orioles took
off for Toronto.
“Definitely, it’s a lot of baseball in a short period of
time,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the game. “It’s
one thing in April when guys are so fresh. It’s another thing when
it’s so late.”
Although rain was in the forecast, the game started on time and
was played without interruption.
Baltimore starter Alfredo Simon allowed four runs, six hits and
a career-high six walks in four innings. Only 43 of his 88 pitches
New York went up 3-0 in the second with an uprising fueled by
three walks. Chavez drove in a run with an infield hit before Jeter
delivered a two-run, two-out single.
Guerrero hit his 11th homer leading off the bottom half, only
the fourth home run allowed by Nova in his last nine starts.
Mark Teixeira led off the third with a single, Simon walked Nick
Swisher with two outs and Chavez followed with an RBI single to
make it 4-1.
The Orioles got a run in the fourth when Guerrero doubled and
scored on a groundout by Reynolds.
A one-out double by Nolan Reimold chased Nova in the sixth, and
Boone Logan promptly gave up an RBI double to Davis.
NOTES: The Yankees will play a day-night doubleheader against
Tampa Bay on Sept. 21 in New York to make up an Aug. 14 rainout,
the team announced Thursday. … Bartolo Colon (8-9) will start
Friday for New York in the opener of a three-game series against
the Angels, who are pressing Texas for the lead in the AL West. …
Jeremy Guthrie (6-17) will take the mound for Baltimore in Toronto
on Friday, and Rick VandenHurk make his first start of the season
Saturday. … Attendance was announced at 33,841, but that was the
number of tickets sold. There were around that many empty seats in
a stadium that holds 45,438.
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