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Hiroki Kuroda’s second start with little (1) run support, albeit allowing  3 and 4 runs respectively. Photo file Bill Menzel/Lation Sports

Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- The Baltimore Orioles have been chasing their American League rival for the past five months, and in beating the New York Yankees on their home turf 6-1, the chase might soon be over by the end of the weekend.

The win, powered by two home runs off the bat off Orioles’ first baseman Mark Reynolds, and kept in check by the stellar pitching performance of Miguel Gonzalez [seven scoreless innings, no earned runs, nine strikeouts, only four hits] has paced surprise Baltimore [73-58] only two games back of the Yankees [75-56] in the American League East.

Reynolds left his mark early, blasting a 93 mph sinker by Yankees’ starter Hiroki Kuroda [12-10] into the left-field seats, a two-run shot [HR 13] that put the Orioles ahead 3-0 by the close of the second inning.

“Definitely [was nice] to get some early runs off of him,” commented Reynolds on the impact of his home run, adding, “It was huge to give Miggy [Gonzalez] some breathing room, so that he doesn’t feel he has to be perfect all night.”

Reynolds went for more of the same with two outs in the top of the ninth, as the first baseman took an 81 mph slider from Yankees’ reliever Derek Lowe to left-field again for his 14th home run of the season, and a 5-0 Baltimore lead. Entering Friday night’s contest against the Yankees, Reynolds had not hit a home run in his last 38 at-bats.

Twice in the game, Reynolds also came up huge with his glove as well. The first web gem occurred on a ground ball that he went on his knees to make the out, with the other coming in the bottom of the third inning, as Reynolds dove to his left, spearing at the ball in mid-air and coming down with it to rob Yankees’ catcher Russell Martin of a base hit.

“A couple of real nice plays at first,” said Orioles’ shortstop J.J. Hardy of Reynolds efforts in the field. Hardy was not too shabby himself, swatting his 18th home-run of the season, a solo off Kuroda in the top of the sixth inning that put Baltimore ahead 4-0.

While Kuroda pitched decently, going 8.1 innings for four earned runs, two homers, and four strikeouts, it was Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez [6-3] who stole the show.

Miggy’s [Miguel Gonzalez] a guy that’s just letting it fly and trusting himself. He doesn’t have anything to lose. In fact, he’s had a lot of people in his career tell him that he couldn’t do something,” said Baltimore manager Buck Showalter on Gonzalez. “I think he [Gonzalez] knows that he’s in a place where people get him and what he brings.”

The Yankees offense did not see the board until center-fielder Curtis Granderson hit a solo-shot [HR 34] to right-center field in the bottom of the ninth inning to erase the shutout that make it 6-1 Baltimore. The homer, was the Yankees 200th as a team this season, but not nearly enough for a late rally against the Orioles. It was also the second straight game in which Kuroda received only one run of support.

The Orioles, winner of two straight games, and six of their last seven, are one win shy of matching their most since totaling 74 wins in 2005.

“Keep doubting, I don’t care,” said Reynolds with a serious expression on his face when asked whether or not people should take Baltimore as a legitimate threat in the American League.

“It has been a positive year because we are winning, to be in the middle of the race. You can tell in this clubhouse [about] the quiet confidence [that we have].”

Baltimore Orioles (73-58) 6, New York Yankees (75-56) 1
August 31, 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 12 0
NY Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0

 

Baltimore AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO PO A
Markakis, RF .297 5 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0
Hardy, SS .231 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
McLouth, LF .250 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Jones, Ad, CF .285 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Wieters, C .238 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Davis, C, DH .257 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Reynolds, Ma, 1B .224 4 2 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 4 1
Quintanilla, 2B .253 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
  Andino, 2B .224 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Machado, 3B .243 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
  Gonzalez, M, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  O’Day, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
  Matusz, P .250 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals .245 37 6 12 0 0 3 6 0 4 27 5
BATTING
HR: Reynolds, Ma 2 (14, 2nd inning off Kuroda, 1 on, 1 out; 9th inning off Lowe, D, 0 on, 2 out), Hardy (18, 6th inning off Kuroda, 0 on, 1 out).
RBI: Davis, C (65), Reynolds, Ma 3 (45), Hardy (54), Markakis (50).
SF: Davis, C (off Kuroda).
GIDP: Hardy.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.
NY Yankees AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO PO A
Jeter, SS .320 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Swisher, 1B .272 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 12 1
Cano, 2B .304 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 4
Granderson, CF .235 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 0
Chavez, Er, 3B .292 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1
Ibanez, LF .235 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Martin, C .198 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Suzuki, I, RF .267 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Nix, J, DH .255 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
  Kuroda, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
  Rapada, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
  Lowe, D, P .500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals .264 32 1 5 0 0 1 1 1 12 27 14
BATTING
HR: Granderson (34, 9th inning off Matusz, 0 on, 1 out).
RBI: Granderson (79).
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 5.FIELDING
DP: (Chavez, Er-Cano-Swisher).
Baltimore ERA IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
Gonzalez, M (W, 6-3) 3.31 7.0 4 0 0 1 9 0 26
O’Day 2.39 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
Matusz 5.32 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 4
Totals 4.05 9.0 5 1 1 1 12 1 33
NY Yankees ERA IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
Kuroda (L, 12-10) 3.04 8.1 8 4 4 0 4 2 32
Rapada 2.91 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Lowe, D 5.47 0.1 4 2 2 0 0 1 5
Totals 3.80 9.0 12 6 6 0 4 3 38
Team ER: off Baltimore 1, off NY Yankees 6.
BB: off Gonzalez, M (Nix, J).
SO: by Gonzalez, M 9 (Swisher, Chavez, Er, Suzuki, I, Swisher, Cano, Chavez, Er, Martin, Swisher, Granderson), O’Day (Swisher), Matusz 2 (Cano, Ibanez), by Kuroda 4 (McLouth, Quintanilla, Davis, C, Machado).
WP: Gonzalez, M.
Pitches-strikes: Gonzalez, M 97-66, O’Day 12-8, Matusz 13-12, Kuroda 99-66, Rapada 5-3, Lowe, D 18-12.
Umpires: HP: Dan Bellino. 1B: Mike Estabrook. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Bill Miller.
Official Scorer: Howie Karpin.
Weather: 87 degrees, clear.
Wind: 13 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:38.
Att: 43,352.

Compiled by MLB Advanced Media; Copyright by MLB Office of the Commissioner

 

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