The Baltimore Orioles defeated the New York Yankees 5-4 on Saturday night after Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was called out at first base on a play that would have tied the game, but instead ended it.
The Yankees were down 5-3 heading into the ninth inning, but started the inning with three straight hits to load the bases. Nick Swisher then hit a ground ball fielder's choice that scored Ichiro Suzuki, making the score 5-4 with runners on first and third and one out.
Up next was Teixeira, who hit into a ground ball double play to end the game. However, Teixeira, who missed the past 10 games with a leg injury, hustled hard down the first base line and appeared to clearly beat the throw to the base after sliding head first in a last-second effort to reach safely.
With the win, Baltimore is now once again tied with the Yankees for first place in the American League East. As the season draws to an end and the two teams continue battling for the division lead, a blown call like that is very critical, giving baseball a reason to consider adding instant replay to close calls at first base.
Despite the bad call, Yankees ace CC Sabathia did not have the type of start the team was hoping for in a crucial division game. The tall left-hander allowed eight hits and five runs in just six and a third innings. New York has lost the past three games in which Sabathia has started.
At the plate, Alex Rodriguez shined for the Yankees, hitting his second home run in as many days. He also had an RBI sacrifice fly in the first inning to give the Yankees an early 1-0 lead as he went 2-3 for the night. Ichiro Suzuki had a nice night as well, going 2-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI.
The Yankees and Orioles will finish up their four game series on Sunday at 1:35 PM ET.
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