It took four hours for the game to even start, but once it did the Yankees took advantage of the poor and weird conditions to beat the Orioles 5-3 thanks to back to back homers from Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner (you can go back and re-read that if you want to, but I typed the right thing).
Phil Hughes started, went six innings, and only allowed two runs, both coming off a Matt Wieters homer in the 6th. Aside from that homer it was a well pitched game from the inconsistent Hughes, who struck out five and walked just one.
The Yankees got offense to back Hughes up from unlikely places all night. Jorge Posada gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead with a solo shot in the 3rd. Cervelli then hit what looked like a homer in the 5th, but the wind kept it in the park and Orioles outfielder Matt Angle wasn’t ready for it and dropped the fly ball as Posada scored all the way from first.
The big blow came in the 7th inning. Nick Markakis gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead with an RBI double in the top of the inning. The Yankees got it back in the bottom of the 7th when Cervelli hit another home run, only this time a fan appeared to Jeffrey Maier-it. The umps reviewed the play, but as we’ve seen lately even instant replay can’t make up for terrible umpiring.
To make this an even more unlikely game, Gardner followed up Cervelli’s homer (only the 5th of his career) with a homer of his own (only the 15th of his career). That gave the Yankees a 5-3 lead which was enough for David Robertson and Mariano Rivera to work with. Rivera notched save no. 598, putting him three away from tying Trevor Hoffman‘s all-time record of 601.