American League Game Summary - Baltimore at New York|
(Saturday, September 1st)
Final Score: New York 4, Baltimore 3
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Eduardo Nunez returned to the majors as one of
the Yankees' September callups and keyed a three-run seventh inning, helping
New York to a 4-3 victory over Baltimore.
After Nunez's two-out base hit made it a one-run game and Ichiro Suzuki walked
to load the bases, Derek Jeter drew another free pass to force home the tying
run. J.J. Hardy then mishandled Nick Swisher's bouncer to short, allowing
Nunez to cross the plate with the go-ahead run.
"It was just an outstanding job on their part, taking what they gave us,
grinding out at-bats and giving us the lead," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said
about his team's approach at the plate in the seventh inning.
David Robertson threw a perfect eighth and Rafael Soriano followed with a
1-2-3 ninth to secure his 35th save, as the Yankees halted a two-game skid and
increased their AL East lead over Baltimore to three games. The Orioles had
trimmed the margin on Friday with a 6-1 win in the opener of the three-game
Matt Wieters homered for Baltimore, which had won six of seven entering the
contest and also had won its previous 13 one-run games.
"We had some opportunities, but we couldn't get that big two-out hit like
we've been getting the past couple of weeks," Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth
Robinson Cano clubbed a solo homer for the Yankees, who managed only four hits
and lost another player to an injury. Curtis Granderson left the contest after
the second inning with a tight right hamstring. Girardi said after the game
that it wasn't a strain, and he would see how Granderson feels on Sunday.
David Phelps started for New York and went just 4 2/3 innings. He walked six
and allowed three runs on three hits, but was bailed out by a couple of big
"He didn't really have his curveball," Girardi said about Phelps. "He could
have given up a lot more runs than he did. He did a good job."
Nick Markakis opened the game with a walk and Hardy singled to put runners on
the corners before McLouth bounced into a double play that plated the game's
Phelps' struggles continued into the second inning when he hit Chris Davis and
walked Mark Reynolds. After a bunt advanced the runners, Manny Machado singled
home a run, but Markakis grounded into a twin-killing to end the threat.
Wieters led off the fourth with his 18th homer for a 3-0 lead, but Cano sliced
an 0-2 pitch into the left field seats for his 28th home run with two outs in
the bottom of the inning to pull New York within two.
Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen (12-8) had retired the first 11 batters he
faced before the Cano homer and finished the contest allowing four runs --
three earned -- on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 6 2/3
Chen appeared to be in control before he yielded a one-out single to Steve
Pearce in the seventh. He then issued a two-out walk to Jayson Nix before
Nunez's broken-bat single to center.
Nunez was sent back to the minors on May 10 after struggling in the field at
the big league level. He was the designated hitter on Saturday.
"I'm excited to be back," Nunez said after the game. "I'm happy to be back and
help the team win."
Pedro Strop took over for Chen after Nunez's hit and didn't retire any of the
three batters he faced as the Yankees completed their rally.
Boone Logan (6-2) picked up the victory with two scoreless innings of relief.
The Yankees turned three double plays ... Phelps threw only 50 of his 98
pitches for strikes. He also picked off a runner ... The Orioles were 1-for-7
with runners in scoring position and stranded six ... Baltimore fell to 24-7
in one-run games. The Yankees are just 17-19 in one-run decisions ... New York
also recalled catcher Francesco Cervelli and pitchers Cory Wade, Adam Warren
and Justin Thomas from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ... Baltimore also made
a few roster moves, adding outfielder Xavier Avery, catcher Luis Exposito and
infielder Steve Tolleson from Norfolk. Infielder Wilson Betemit was activated
off the disabled list and struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
09/01 20:24:43 ET