May 20, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner (33) hits a one-run RBI single in the tenth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 6-4 in 10 innings. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Yanks Go Yard Recap: New York Yankees Use Late Inning Magic Again


Even when your ace doesn’t have his A stuff, the good teams find a way to win those games. The New York Yankees have had a ton of fight all year long and tonight was anothe display of that. Even though CC Sabathia couldn’t hold two leads, the Yankees found a way to come back and beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4.

The Yankees brought their power on a warm night in Baltimore against former teammate Freddy Garcia. Two batters in, Robinson Cano hit his 13th homer of the year. In the second, David Adams hit his first major league homer. The Orioles countered in their half of the second, when Chris Davis hit his 13th of the year to make it 2-1.

The score stayed that way until the fifth, when another former Yankee, Steve Pearce, led off with a double. Two batters later, Nick Markakis singled him home to tie the game.

The Yankees used more power in the seventh to take the lead back, when Lyle Overbay hit his seventh of the year. The Orioles came right back in the bottom half. Alexi Casilla singled, and Markakis doubled him home. After a groundout, JJ Hardy doubled him home to give the Orioles the lead.

Jim Johnson had blown two straight saves. The Yankees made it three. Travis Hafner hit his eighth homer of the year to tie it in the ninth.  They took the lead in the 10th for good. Ichiro Suzuki led off with a double. Vernon Wells brought him home with a double of his own. After a sac bunt, and a groundout, Cano was intentionally walked by Pedro Strop. Brian Matusz was brought in to face Hafner and Hafner singled to bring home Wells for the sixth run.

YGY Player Of The Game: Hafner

Game two of the series will have Phil Hughes against Miguel Gonzalez at 7:05.

Notes: Mark Teixeira took his first at-bats in a sim game. Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Youkilis both fielded ground balls for the first time since being injured.

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