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Seven-Run Seventh Propels O’s Over Yankees

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- A modicum of hitting is what the Baltimore Orioles were seeking in the rubber match of a three-game series against the New York Yankees, and courtesy of a seven-run seventh inning the Orioles received more than that in a 7-3 win.

Blanked 2-0 on Saturday, the Birds trailed 3-0 on Sunday afternoon, and were well on their way towards getting swept at the hands of their divisional rival until the Yankees decided to remove starting pitcher Andy Pettitte after he gave up consecutive singles to begin the seventh inning.

The Orioles were smacking their beaks to get a crack at the Pinstripes’ bullpen, and wasted no time getting on the scoreboard when catcher Matt Wieters welcomed relief pitcher Shawn Kelley with an RBI-single [64] into center-field scoring left-fielder Michael Morse from second base to cut the Yankees lead to 3-1.

“When we saw him [Pettitte] leave the game, nobody was unhappy to see him go. He’s still got plus stuff,” said Orioles’ center-fielder Adam Jones.

“Felt Matt [Wieters] had a good hit there,” said Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter on the beginning of the Baltimore rally. Asked if the win eased tensions of the potential sweep that had been looming, Showalter replied, saying,” It wasn’t a topic of conversation.”

Baltimore gave their fans plenty to talk about though as they continued their assault on Kelley. Orioles’ shortstop J.J. Hardy raked the first pitch he saw to right-field for his 24th homer of the season, a hit that barely cleared the jumping attempt of Yankees’ right-fielder Curtis Granderson for a three-run shot, giving the Orioles a 4-3 lead.

Hardy’s home run [which snapped a 13 at-bat hit-less streak] would have seemed to suffice, but Baltimore was not done plugging away at the Yankees’ relief corps. With Kelley’s day finished, the lefty Boone Logan was summoned to get out the switch-hitting Brian Roberts.

Roberts cleared first base on a perfectly executed bunt single, and Nick Markakis drew a walk on a full-count prompting the Yankees to turn to Joba Chamberlain to get the job done. It was the Orioles that kept working however, as Jones took Chamberlain to the deepest part of the park, depositing a three-run shot over the 408 marker in center-field for his 28th home run of the season, giving Baltimore a 7-3 lead.

The Orioles’ bullpen of Francisco Rodriguez, Tommy Hunter and Darren O’Day pitched three scoreless innings to preserve the lead, but it was rookie Kevin Gausman that picked up the win [2-3] after recording two scoreless innings of his own [5th and 6th], striking out three and giving up one hit after coming in for a shaky Wei-Yin Chen.

Chen started and recorded a no-decision, surrendering all three Yankee runs off four hits in four innings on 82 pitches, walking a career-high five batters including one in the bottom of the fourth that scored the second Yankees run of the game to give the Bombers a 2-0 lead at the time.

“This is part of baseball, sometimes when I threw it in the middle of the plate, the umpires didn’t pick up on it,” said Chen through a translator. “The strike zone was a little small today.”

Chen remains win-less in three career starts in the Bronx with an 0-2 record and a 4.86 ERA.

The Yankees scored their third run for a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a milestone for shortstop Derek Jeter.

Despite finishing 0-for-4, Jeter collected his 1,258th career RBI [and his fourth of the year] with a sacrifice-fly to right-field to surpass former teammate Bernie Williams for sole possession of sixth place on the Yankees’ all-time RBI list.

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