Phil Hughes started for the Yankees today and still didn’t have it, but they kept chipping away at the Orioles lead until they tied it in the 9th and won it in the 10th 6-5 at Yankee Stadium Saturday night.
Hughes only struck out two and gave up runs in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th before he was relieved by Bartolo Colon who has been acting as Hughes’ caddy this season. Colon tossed three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Joba Chamberlain came in for Colon with two on and one out in the 8th inning and escaped after making a exciting block of the plate to get the runner at home on a passed ball. He stayed in and pitched a scoreless 9th. Mariano Rivera came in and pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.
Staked to a 5-0 deficiet in the 5th, the Yankees offense began chipping away at the Orioles lead. Robinson Cano doubled in Alex Rodriguez that inning. In the 6th Mark Teixeira doubled in Brett Gardner before A-Rod hit a sac fly scoring Derek Jeter. Nick Swisher scored on a ground ball by Russell Martin in the 7th, but the big hit was Jorge Posada‘s homer (his 5th) that tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th. The walk-off came against Mike Gonzalez after he walked Teixeira, gave up a double to A-Rod, and then Swisher hit a sac fly to right.
The win puts the Yankees in sole possession of first place. They will now head into Texas to face the 9-3 Rangers.