(NEW YORK) — This time it was the Orioles turn. Just a day after being beaten in extra-innings by the New York Yankees, the Baltimore Orioles received a RBI double by J.J. Hardy in the top-of-the-13th, and closer Jim Johnson shut down the Yankees bats in the bottom of the inning, as the O’s topped the Yankees 2-1, tying their best-of-five ALDS at two.
“I was telling myself all game don’t try to do too much and that wasn’t working, so I had to do a little bit more that last at-bat,” Hardy said of the at-bat that led to his game-winning hit. “I was swinging at everything and fortunately I just got a ball I could lift.”
Despite Hardy being the hero, this game was about pitching. Eight Orioles pitchers combined to allow only one run while striking out 11. The Yankees also used eight pitchers who combined to allow two runs and strikeout 12.
Nate McClouth got the scoring started when he hit a solo home run in the fifth, giving the O’s a 1-0 lead. The Yankees struck back in the sixth when Robinson Cano hit a ground ball that scored Derek Jeter.
Game 5 is Friday in New York. CC Sabathia will take the mound for New York and will be opposed by Jason Hammel. First pitch is scheduled for 5:07 p.m. eastern.
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