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New York Yankees Take Sole Possession of First Place with Win Over Baltimore Orioles

September 7th, 2012 at 10:13 PM
By Karen Vankat

In a slugfest the New York Yankees took the second game in this four game series over the Baltimore Orioles, 8-5 at Camden Yards. With the win New York takes over first place in the AL East by one game over Baltimore.

No one is talking about bunting now with the Bronx Bombers hitting three home runs including a mammoth two run shot by Alex Rodriguez in the fifth.

'Alex Rodriguez' photo (c) 2009, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

New York's Phil Hughes and  Baltimore's Wei-Yin Chen matched pitch for pitch till the fourth inning when the Yankees bats came alive. Nick Swisher got hit by a pitch and Robinson Cano walked putting two on for Russell Martin who hit homer to right field giving the Bombers the 3-0 lead. After an Andruw Jones single Steve Pearce would hit a two run jack extending the lead to 5-0.

New York would add two more on A-Rod's blast in the fifth staking Hughes to a 7-0 lead. That homer would knock Chen out of the game with his final line being 4 2/3 innings, seven runs on six hits, four strike outs and one walk.

Baltimore would break through in the sixth when Adam Jones would hit a three run homer to cut the lead 7-3. By giving up that home run Hughes added to his league leading total of 33 home runs allowed. Except for that one mistake Hughes pitched well using all four pitches and not being predictable with his fastball.

Phil would get his 14th win of the season and complete six innings where he gave up three runs on six hits had five strikeouts and no walks. Cody Eppley would face one batter in the seventh and give up a solo shot to Robert Andino making the score 7-4.

Boone Logan was perfect in getting all four batters he faced. David Robertson would follow in relief and face Adam Jones, who he gave up a three run homer to the night before, but this time Robertson won the battle striking out Jones and getting Matt Wieters to close out the eighth.

The Yankees would add a run in the ninth when Derek Jeter would hit a scorcher to Andino at second that literally ate him up and scored Ichiro Suzuki from second.

Rafael Soriano would give up a solo shot to Manny Machado before garnering his 34 save of the season.

Game Notes

Derek Jeter went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored and raised his batting average to .320. It was his 56 multi hit game of the season.

Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and he hit his 300th home run as a Yankee.

Nick Swisher remains hitless on this road trip going 0-for-18. Nick was robbed of a home run by left fielder Nate McLouth who scaled the wall in left.

Boone Logan and David Robertson redeemed themselves from last night's debacle throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Tomorrow's starters will be two lefties CC Sabathia for the Yankees and Joe Saunders for the Orioles in the 7:05 p.m. start.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Derek Jeter, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Phill Hughes, Russell Martin

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