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Andy’s Day: Yankees and Pettitte Win Sixth Straight

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- The figurine of New York Yankees’ starting pitcher Andy Pettitte was a bit generous in appearance. It peeled back some of the years from the veteran’s eyes, paid no attention to two-day old stubble, and seemed jarringly steady as only modern day plastic can be.

As the weather warmed up to 91 degrees, so too did Pettitte’s game, as the Yankees rode their left-handed starter to gain their season-high sixth straight win in a 5-4 victory over their divisional rival, the Baltimore Orioles.

“It was smokin’ hot,” said Pettitte on trotting out to the dugout in the seventh inning when his night was over, adding, “Didn’t want my guys standing out there in the heat.”

In a Saturday afternoon promotional giveaway day for the Yankees’ all-time strikeout leader, Pettitte [6-6] gritted out a win after going 6.2 innings, surrendering four earned runs off nine hits, striking out four while walking none. Pettitte is now undefeated, and 8-0 in his last 11 starts against Baltimore going back to September of 2007.

Welcoming as it was to Yankee fans to have Pettitte snap a three-game losing streak, perhaps a prettier sight was the return of shortstop Edurado Nunez [2-for 3, with two RBIs], who played in his first game in over two months after spending time on the 60-day disabled list.

It was Nunez who had the game-winning hit, an RBI-single up the middle off Baltimore starter Chris Tillman [10-3] in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring first baseman Lyle Overbay [3-for-4] from second base giving the Yankees a 5-4 lead.

“Nuney [Eduardo Nunez] is kind of a free spirit. I don’t think he thought a lot about not having a lot of at-bats,” said Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi on Nunez not getting many trips to the plate in his short rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Trenton.

The Bronx Bombers originally trailed 3-0 after two innings, and then 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning where they tied the score up at 4-4 after an Ichiro Suzuki single to shallow center-field scored Nunez from third base [the score now 4-3 Baltimore], followed by a an RBI-single into left-field from Robinson Cano that brought catcher Chris Stewart home for the 4-4 tie.

“One-and two-run leads in this game don’t last very long, especially in this ballpark and with their offense,” said Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, the top vote-getter for the upcoming All-Star game.

Tied for the seventh most home runs by the All-Star break with more than a week to go, Davis hit his 33rd homer of the season in the first inning that went over the reach of Yankees’ outfielder Brett Gardner to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead.

Davis has now tied his career-highs in both homers [33] and RBIs [85], which he achieved in the culmination of the entire 2012 season.

The Yankees’ bullpen held on for the win, as the combination of Shawn Kelley in the seventh, David Robertson in the eighth and Mariano Rivera in the ninth, tossed 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball, with Rivera earning his 29th save of the season.

The Yankees [48-39] are now a half-game ahead of the Orioles [48-40] in the American League East, and have now won their fifth game of the season after trailing by a deficit of at least three runs. The Pinstripes are now 5-6 against Baltimore in 2013, but 4-1 against the O’s at home.

Despite being outhit 11-10. and stranding three more runners than the Orioles, New York reached their magical number of five runs, which appears to be a requisite for success, as the Yankees are now 28-1 when scoring five runs or more in a ballgame.

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