The Yankees bullpen has been more inconsistent than expected this season as they blew another lead last night, but the Yankees bats picked up the slack as they scored three runs in the 11th inning as the Yankees beat the Orioles 6-3 in Baltimore.
Freddy Garcia started for the Yankees and had another strong performance going six innings, allowing two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. Joba Chamberlain came in to pitch the 7th and promptly gave up a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds that made it 3-2. Without Rafael Soriano, who was scratched with a bad back, the Yankees needed Mariano Rivera to get a four-out save when David Robertson couldn’t get it done in the 8th inning. Rivera blew the lead in the 9th, but a play at the plate kept the Orioles from walking-off them off. Boone Logan, who got the win, and Buddy Carlyle pitched a shutout 10th and 11th innings.
Most of the offense was provided by Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter who got seven of the 10 Yankee hits. Granderson homered in the 1st and also came around to score on a grounder by Alex Rodriguez in the 5th. The Yankees wouldn’t score again until the 11th inning when a fielding error started a three-run inning that gave the Yankees the victory.
Brett Gardner went 0-for-5 in this one, but his 8th inning catch needs to be recognized as a game saving catch with a 3-2 lead and two runners on. It was the second game in a row the struggling left fielder made a significant impact in.
The win gives the Yankees a rain-shortened two game sweep of the Orioles. They will now head back to the Bronx where they will take on the White Sox.