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Yankees the Winner in Slugfest Against Orioles


Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- There was a sharp, crackling sound in the air Friday night at Yankee Stadium, and for the New York Yankees it resulted in 13 hits en route to an 8-5 victory over the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

There were ‘whumps’ and ‘whacks’ and a whole bunch of walloping going around, as neither CC Sabathia or Baltimore starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez could stop the barrage of hits that rained down on the field, a cannonade of streaky offense that helped the Yankees win a season-high five straight home games.

Twice the Yankees trailed, and twice they came back, most notably in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Improving their record to 23-1 when scoring seven runs or more in a ballgame, the Yankees, facing a 4-2 deficit, got back on track in the fifth on a whammy by mid-season pickup Mark Reynolds.

Curtis Granderson started the inning with a lead-off double, and Reynolds [3-for-4] followed with one of his own, picking up his 55th RBI on the season to cut the Orioles lead down to 4-3.

“We feel our lineup is a lot deeper,” said Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi on acquiring the likes of Reynolds and Alfonso Soriano. “It definitely helped.”

“It makes it fun,” Reynolds said on having played for Baltimore in 2012. “I have so many good friends over there. Last year we wanted nothing more than to kick these guys’ tails, now I want nothing more than to beat them.”

Ichiro Suzuki [2-for-3] then erased an 0-for-131 at-bat homer-less streak, blasting a Gonzalez offering deep into the right-field bleachers for a two-run shot, his seventh of the season to put the Yanks ahead 5-4.

The Yankees did not look back.

Center-fielder Brett Gardner’s bunt attempt would fail, with the umpires ruling that the ball hit the knob of the bat and not Gardner. This however, did not prevent the Bombers from adding more runs to their fifth inning tally, as Gardner singled [giving Gardner 132 hits for the season, tying his career-high for hits in a year] on the very next pitch.

A walk to Derek Jeter loaded them up for second baseman Robinson Cano, who entered the game as the only Yankee in the lineup batting above .300.Relief pitcher T.J. McFarland came in for Gonzalez to face Cano, but to no avail. Cano, did not get the big bop, missing out on his 10th career grand slam, but did deliver with a two-RBI single into right-field scoring catcher Austin Romine from third, and Gardner from second to give the Yankees a 7-4 advantage.

Each of the Yankees’ first seven batters reached base safely in the bottom of the fifth [double, double, home run, double, single, walk and a single] a feat last accomplished in April of 2012 according to Elias.

New York would tack on a run in the bottom of the seventh inning for the final score of 8-5. With Francisco Rodriguez on the mound for McFarland, Alex Rodriguez pulled a single over the reach of Orioles’ shortstop J.J. Hardy, scoring Cano from second base.

Mariano Rivera relived David Robertson in the top of the ninth inning to record his 39th save of the season, getting Nate McLouth to fly-out by the warning track in left-field to end the game.

Sabathia pitched well enough to win with a little help from the Yankees offense, upping his record to 12-11 by going 5.2 innings in which the veteran ace gave up five earned runs off seven hits and two wild pitches with four strikeouts.

“If I could keep these guys in the game we got a good chance of winning,” Sabathia said. “I was barely hanging on there but these guys come up with a bunch of runs.”

Winning for just the third time in his last 10 starts, Sabathia, [who allowed no hits through the first three innings], now has 18 career wins against Baltimore, second only to his 19 victories over the Detroit Tigers.

Gonzalez recorded the loss [8-7], allowing a career-high-tying seven earned runs on six hits in four innings pitched. Gonzalez is now win-less his last six starts, and is 0-2 against the Yankees this season.

“It wasn’t just Miguel tonight,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He pitched as well as you’d want but couldn’t get over the hump.”

Baltimore originally led 1-0 after Chris Davis garnered his 122nd RBI of the season, a single into center scoring Manny Machado from third.

The Yankees made it 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth on Soriano’s 29th home run of the year, a two-run shot over the auxiliary scoreboard in right-field.

“He’s playing like an MVP, when you look at the month of August,” said Girardi on Soriano having 11 homers thus far this month. “He’s been a complete player for us.”

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