Orioles Hang On For 5-4 Win Against Yankees; Markakis Injured And Out Six Weeks
The Orioles are once again tied for the lead in the American League East after a dramatic 5-4 win against the Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Saturday.
The Orioles have taken two out of the first three games of the series and the two teams, both 78-61, will play their final game against one another Sunday.
Baltimore infielders Robert Andino, J.J Hardy and Mark Reynolds turned a dramatic double play to get Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira out at the end of Saturday's game. Teixeira dove into first base, but was called out as the ball arrived nearly at the same time.
A pitch from Yankees starter CC Sabathia hit Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis on his left hand during the fifth inning. Markakis left the game and was seen during the television broadcast standing in the dugout with a cast on his hand. Manager Buck Showalter was seen during the broadcast putting his arm around Markakis to console him as he wore the cast. Markakis missed significant time during the middle of the season with a broken bone in his right hand.
"When it first happened, I knew it was broken," Markakis said after the game.
Markakis said he would recover as quickly as possible, but it appears he could be out as long as six weeks. That means he will miss the rest of the regular season. It remains to be seen whether he can play if the Orioles make the postseason.
Oriole closer Jim Johnson flirted with ninth-inning disaster, but was able to get the his 42nd save of the season.
The Orioles got three home runs during the game -- from Lew Ford, J.J. Hardy and Mark Reynolds -- to bring their three-game total to 12. Reynolds now has nine home runs during his last nine games.
Posted Sept. 8, 2012 (updated at 10:57 p.m.)