Orioles Bash Yankees 10-6
Up one game in the American League East, the Yankees needed a win against the Baltimore Orioles to maintain sole possession of first place. They couldn't get one and have slipped back into a tie with the O's, losing 10-6.
Baltimore gained the upper hand in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Adam Jones. The Os tacked on three more one batter later as Matt Wieters cranked a three run blast to left field off of Yankees starter David Phelps.
After being held scoreless by Orioles starter Jason Hammel through three innings, the Yankees broke through for a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Curtis Granderson, scoring Robinson Cano. Baltimore, however, answered in the bottom of the inning with a solo shot from Robert Andino to make it a 5-1 game.
Baltimore added another run on another home run, with Mark Reynolds doing the honors this time off of Joba Chamberlain.
In the top of the eighth, Alex Rodriguez drove in a run with a double to the gap in left field to cut the Oriole lead back to four. Rodriguez scored on a Granderson single with two outs to make it a 6-3 ballgame. Russell Martin walked to load the bases following Granderson, and Chris Dickerson followed him with a four pitch walk to cut the lead to two.
Up next was Ichiro with the bases still loaded and the tying run in scoring position. He delivered with a two run, game tying single to knot things up at 6.
The euphoria of the comeback was short lived as Jones led the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run to left field off of David Robertson, his 28th of the year. Two batters later, Reynolds hit his second homer of the game, a two run shot, to make it a 9-6 game.
With Robertson out of the game, Boone Logan was called upon to right the ship. He did anything but that, allowing a solo home run to the first batter he faced, Chris Davis, to make the lead 10-6.
Now tied for first place once again, the two teams have three more games to look forward to this weekend with the first one being tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.. You can hear all the action on 104.5 "The Team" ESPN Radio.