Yankees score four in fourth, down OriolesJul 31, 2011 - 10:41 PM
The bad news? The four runs the New York Yankees put up in the fourth inning to propel them to a 4-2 victory over the Orioles in the finale of a four-game series.
Baltimore starter Jake Arrieta (10-8) flirted with disaster by loading the bases in both the first and third innings. He managed to pitch out of both jams, but if you continue to play with fire ... well, you know the rest.
The Yankees, trailing 1-0 on an infield RBI single by Adam Jones in the third, loaded the bases with nobody out in the next frame.
Eric Chavez walked, Russell Martin reached on shortstop J.J. Hardy's fielding error and Eduardo Nunez singled. Brett Gardner followed by slapping a pitch down the first base line and into the right field corner for a three-run triple. Gardner eventually scored when Curtis Granderson grounded out softly to first base.
Baltimore got a run back in the sixth. Yankees starter Freddy Garcia (10-7) gave up a one-out single to Jones, who stole second base and came home on Vladimir Guerrero's base hit to center field.
David Robertson recorded the final out in the seventh for New York and struck out the side in the eighth.
Mariano Rivera earned his 27th save with a flawless ninth.
"I was happy to get it to the bullpen," said Garcia, who allowed five hits and struck out six in six innings
New York shortstop Derek Jeter left the game in the fourth with a bruised right middle finger after being struck on the hand by a pitch from Arrieta. Jeter is listed as day-to-day after X-rays came back negative.
Afterward, he said he had no reaction to the Yankees not making any moves before the MLB trading deadline, which was Sunday. General manager Brian Cashman said the team didn't need to make any moves.
"I just feel like we're a lot deeper and I'm willing ... to rely more on that than to go out and pay an inordinate price on something I'm not certain what it's going to provide," said Cashman.
Arrieta yielded five hits and walked six in five-plus innings...Baltimore second baseman Robert Andino stole three bases...New York finished its homestand with a 7-3 record...The Yankees improved to 9-1 against Baltimore this season, having outscored the Orioles 82-30.
- BALTIMORE: 2
NEW YORK: 4
Jul 31 4:11 PM
- Chris Davis grounded into a fielder's choice, second to short. On the play, Vladimir Guerrero out at second. Runner on first with two outs and Mark Reynolds due up.
Orioles 2, Yankees 4 Top 6, 2 OutsJul 31 3:01 PM
Orioles 1, Yankees 4 Bot 4, 2 OutsJul 31 2:41 PM
- Curtis Granderson grounded out to first. Runner on third with two outs and Mark Teixeira due up.
Orioles 1, Yankees 3 Bot 4, 2 OutsJul 31 2:41 PM
- Curtis Granderson grounded out to first scored Brett Gardner.. None on with two outs and Mark Teixeira due up.
Orioles 1, Yankees 4 Bot 4, 2 OutsJul 31 2:39 PM
- Brett Gardner tripled to right scoring Eric Chavez, Russell Martin and Eduardo Nunez with none out. Runner on third and Derek Jeter due up.
Orioles 1, Yankees 3 Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 31 2:36 PM
- Vladimir Guerrero grounded out third to first to end the inning.
Orioles 1, Yankees 0 Mid 3Jul 31 2:01 PM
- BALTIMORE: 0
NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 31 1:09 PM
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