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MLB playoffs: Orioles beat Yankees in 13 innings to force Game 5

Published October 11, 2012 11:01 pm

ALDS • Baltimore forces Game 5 after Hardy's RBI double in the 13th.
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New York • With midnight approaching, the Baltimore Orioles' bats awoke one more time.

Now they have a last shot to finally overtake the New York Yankees.

J.J. Hardy hit an RBI double in the 13th inning and Baltimore bounced back from a demoralizing loss to outlast the Yankees 2-1 Thursday night, forcing a deciding Game 5 in the AL division series.

After splitting 22 games this year, it all comes down this: a winner-take-all game for a spot in the AL championship series against Detroit.

Game 1 winner CC Sabathia was set to pitch the deciding game for the Yankees against Jason Hammel.

The Orioles were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position until Hardy doubled off David Phelps with one out to score Manny Machado, who had doubled.

Phelps had relieved in the 12th after Joba Chamberlain was hit by a flying broken bat, forcing him to leave with a bruised right elbow. Jim Johnson bounced back from allowing Raul Ibanez's pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning Wednesday to earn his second save in the series with a perfect 13th.

Hours after learning Joe Girardi had kept quiet that his father died last Saturday, the Yankees couldn't rally late. This time, Girardi called upon Eric Chavez to pinch hit for slumping Alex Rodriguez. He lined out to third base to end it.

Baltimore's win pushed all four division series to five games for the first time since the round began in 1995.

The Orioles have been pursuing the Yankees all season, cutting a 10-game deficit in July to zero in early September. Baltimore and New York were tied 10 times atop the East in the final month but the Yankees wrapped up the division on the final night of the regular season.

After dropping Game 1 , the Orioles rebounded with another one-run win in a season in which they had the best record in the majors in such games at 29-9. But they lost in stunning fashion in 12 innings Wednesday night, when Ibanez homered twice in his two at-bats after pinch-hitting for Rodriguez.

The team that caught the Yankees in September didn't rattle, though. O's 2, Yankees 1 13 innings

Baltimore AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

McLouth lf 5 1 2 1 1 0 .333

Hardy ss 6 0 2 1 0 1 .167

C.Davis rf 6 0 0 0 0 3 .250

En.Chavez rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Ad.Jones cf 6 0 0 0 0 2 .105

Wieters c 4 0 1 0 1 0 .118

Thome dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 .083

1-Ford pr-dh 1 0 0 0 0 0 .400

Reynolds 1b 5 0 0 0 0 2 .188

Flaherty 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .250

Andino 2b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .375

Machado 3b 4 1 1 0 1 2 .143

Totals 46 2 8 2 3 12

New York AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Jeter dh 6 1 2 0 0 2 .421

I.Suzuki lf 5 0 1 0 0 1 .200

Teixeira 1b 3 0 1 0 3 2 .333

Cano 2b 6 0 0 1 0 0 .111

Rodriguez 3b 4 0 1 0 1 2 .125

b-Er.Chavez ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Swisher rf 5 0 0 0 0 0 .133

R.Martin c 4 0 0 0 1 1 .214

Granderson cf 5 0 0 0 0 3 .063

J.Nix ss 3 0 2 0 0 0 .500

a-Ibanez ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500

E.Nunez ss 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200

Totals 44 1 7 1 5 11

Baltimore 000 010 000 000 1 — 2 8 1

New York 000 001 000 000 0 — 1 7 0

a-grounded out for J.Nix in the 9th. b-lined out for Al.Rodriguez in the 13th.

1-ran for Thome in the 9th.

E—Flaherty (1).

LOB—Baltimore 8, New York 10. 2B—McLouth (1), Hardy (2), Machado (1), Jeter (1), J.Nix (1). HR—McLouth (1), off P.Hughes. RBIs—McLouth (3), Hardy (1), Cano (4). S—I.Suzuki.

Baltimore IP H R ER BB SO ERA

J.Saunders 52⁄3 3 1 1 4 5 1.59

Tom.Hunter 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 0.00

Patton 1⁄3 1 0 0 0 0 0.00

Ayala 1⁄3 2 0 0 0 1 0.00

Matusz 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 2.45

O'Day 22⁄3 0 0 0 1 1 0.00

Strop W, 1-0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0.00

Johnson S, 2-3 1 0 0 0 0 1 10.38

New York IP H R ER BB SO ERA

P.Hughes 62⁄3 4 1 1 3 8 1.35

Logan 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

D.Robertson 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00

R.Soriano 2 1 0 0 0 1 0.00

Chamberlain 1 1 0 0 0 1 0.00

Phelps L, 0-1 11⁄3 2 1 1 0 1 6.75

Rapada 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

D.Lowe 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Inherited runners-scored—Tom.Hunter 1-0, Patton 1-0, Ayala 2-0, Matusz 2-0, O'Day 2-0, D.Phelps 1-0, Rapada 1-0, D.Lowe 1-0.

Umpires—Home, Fieldin Culbreth First, Mike Everitt Second, Mark Carlson Third, Tony Randazzo Right, Brian Gorman Left, Angel Hernandez.

T—4:31. A—49,307 (50,291).