Yankees edge OriolesAug 30, 2011 - 3:45 AM
Garcia (11-7), who hadn't pitched since August 7 due to a lacerated right index finger, allowed just two hits, including a solo homer to Mark Reynolds, and had four strikeouts. Garcia won his fourth straight decision.
"First-pitch strikes are very important for me," Garcia said. "I made my pitch when I needed. I got those guys in 0-2, 1-2 (counts). I executed my pitch."
Mariano Rivera retired the side in order in the ninth for his 34th save of the year.
The Yankees won despite playing without shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez, and moved within 1 1/2 games of the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. The Yankees start a three-game series in Boston Tuesday.
Rodriguez was sent back to New York on Monday for an MRI on his jammed left thumb, while Jeter sat out due to a bruised right knee.
J.J. Hardy also went deep for the Orioles, who have lost two in a row since a six-game winning streak.
Alfredo Simon (4-7) had six strikeouts over seven innings, but lost for the third time in his last four decisions.
"To follow up his last outing with this one, I just wish he would have gotten a 'W' out of it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He really deserved it. I was proud of him tonight."
The teams split a day/night doubleheader Sunday due to Hurricane Irene, and in the series finale, the Yankees scored in the opening inning. Curtis Granderson walked with one out and Mark Teixeira doubled to the right field corner for his 100th RBI of the season.
Robinson Cano singled ahead of Swisher's blast to right field in the fourth inning for a 3-0 difference. Six of Swisher's last eight hits have been home runs.
After allowing a first-inning double to Adam Jones, Garcia set down 11 straight hitters until Reynolds homered to left field.
Garcia didn't give up a hit in the sixth and Rafael Soriano fanned the final two men of the seventh.
David Robertson, who had not allowed a run over his last 12 appearances and a homer over his previous 71 outings, surrendered one to left to Hardy on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning. In fact, it was his first run given up on the road all season.
Nick Markakis walked and stole second with two outs, but Jones fanned to end the frame.
Teixeira is the only player with at least 30 homers and 100 RBI in each of the last eight years...It was the first homer allowed by Robertson since last August 28 to Alexi Ramirez of the Chicago White Sox. Robertson had gone 28 road outings without surrendering a run until Monday...The Yankees have homered in 12 of their last 13 contests...The Yankees have won 11 of their 14 meetings with the O's this season...Hardy has a 12-game hitting streak.
- NEW YORK: 3
Aug 29 9:39 PM
- J.J. Hardy two-out, solo Home Run (26) to left. Nick Markakis due up.
Yankees 3, Orioles 2 Bot 8, 2 OutsAug 29 9:17 PM
- Mark Reynolds one-out, solo Home Run (31) to left. Ryan Adams due up.
Yankees 3, Orioles 1 Bot 5, 1 OutAug 29 8:26 PM
- Nick Swisher one-out, two-run Home Run (21) to right scored Robinson Cano. Jorge Posada due up.
Yankees 3, Orioles 0 Top 4, 1 OutAug 29 8:01 PM
- Robinson Cano flied out to center. Runner on second with two outs and Nick Swisher due up.
Yankees 1, Orioles 0 Top 1, 2 OutsAug 29 7:17 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 1 Out
Aug 29 7:09 PM
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