American League Game Summary - New York at Baltimore|
(Sunday, October 7th)
Final Score: New York 7, Baltimore 2
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Russell Martin sparked a five-run ninth
inning with a leadoff home run as the New York Yankees topped the Baltimore
Orioles, 7-2, in Game 1 of their American League Division Series at Camden
Ichiro Suzuki added a run-scoring single in the ninth and finished with two
RBI, while Robinson Cano also knocked in a pair of runs for the Yankees.
CC Sabathia (1-0) allowed the two runs on eight hits and a walk with seven
strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings in the win. He had been 0-2 in three starts
against the Orioles this season.
"I wish I could tell you I changed my game plan but I didn't. I pitched to my
strengths," Sabathia said. "These guys know what I'm trying to do, I've faced
them a lot. I was just able to execute tonight."
Jim Johnson (0-1) surrendered all five runs -- four earned -- in the ninth to
take the loss for Baltimore, which was coming off a 5-1 victory over the Texas
Rangers in the AL's one-game wild card playoff.
Jason Hammel made his first start since Sept. 11 for the Orioles and allowed
two runs on four hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings.
"That was probably the difference with us being in the ballgame, Jason
pitching real well," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Johnson took the mound for the ninth inning with the score knotted at 2-2 and
Martin hammered the third pitch the reliever threw over the left-field wall to
break the tie.
Raul Ibanez and Derek Jeter followed with singles to place runners on the
corners, and pinch-runner Eduardo Nunez raced home on Suzuki's infield single
on a dribbler to the right side.
After Alex Rodriguez struck out, Cano ripped a double to left field to plate
Jeter and Suzuki. J.J. Hardy's throwing error on the play allowed Cano to move
to third, and Nick Swisher capped the rally with a sacrifice fly to center
"It was a really good game, a well-pitched game on both sides and we were
fortunate enough to get to a very, very good closer tonight. Our guys put some
good at-bats on him," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Sabathia then retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth before
Lew Ford slapped a double to right-center field, ending Sabathia's bid for his
first career postseason complete game.
David Robertson entered next and fanned pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty to end the
The Yankees weren't phased by a nearly 2 1/2 hour rain delay at the start of
the game as they jumped out to an early lead when Jeter opened the contest
with a base hit up the middle and rounded the bases the next batter when
Suzuki, who was making his first playoff appearance since 2001 with the
Seattle Mariners, doubled into the left-center field gap.
Hammel would limit the damage there, though, as Suzuki was thrown out trying
to steal third before Rodriguez struck out and Cano flied out to right field.
Baltimore answered with a pair of runs in the third inning to go on top after
Chris Davis and Ford led off the frame with back-to-back singles and advanced
to second and third on a Robert Andino sacrifice bunt.
Nate McLouth followed with a single through the right side of the infield to
plate Davis and Ford for a 2-1 advantage.
But New York was able to knot the game in its next at-bat as Rodriguez worked
a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a Cano grounder to first and scored on
Mark Teixeira's liner off the right-field wall.
Teixeira was thrown out at second on the play while trying to stretch the hit
into a double, and Swisher, who walked prior to Teixeira's hit, would later be
stranded at third when Martin flied out to center field.
The Yankees seemed poised to retake the lead in the seventh after Martin and
Ibanez worked consecutive walks off Troy Patton to start the inning and each
advanced a bag on Jeter's sacrifice bunt off new pitcher Darren O'Day.
Suzuki then hit a grounder to second that Andino fielded and threw home,
allowing Matt Wieters to easily apply the tag on a sliding Martin.
Ibanez moved to third on the hit, but was stranded there as Rodriguez went
down swinging on a 2-2 fastball to end the threat.
Baltimore, meanwhile, would strand a man on third in the fifth inning and a
man on second in the sixth before Sabathia worked around a leadoff double by
Hardy in the eighth to keep the game tied at 2-2.
Sabathia has 35 career complete games in the regular season. He threw 80 of
his 120 pitches for strikes ... The AL East foes split 18 regular-season
meetings this year ... Baltimore hit 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position
and left seven men on base ... The Yankees went 3-for-8 with runners in
scoring position and stranded eight.
10/08 01:30:43 ET