ALDS Game 2 Live Blog: Orioles Win, Tie ALDS At 1
The Orioles and Yankees are heading to New York tied with one win apiece in the American League Division Series.
A day after a meltdown, Orioles closer Jim Johnson returned to the mound and recorded a save during a 3-2 victory against the Yankees. The crowd of 48,187 fans at Oriole Park at Camden Yards roared as Johnson struck out Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez to end the game.
The Orioles went up thanks to Chris Davis' two-RBI single off Andy Pettitte during the bottom of the third inning and Mark Reynolds' sixth-inning RBI single.
The Yankees scored a run in the seventh off Wei-Yin Chen and had a man on first with no one out.
Down 1-0 in the third inning, the Birds loaded the bases with singles by Robert Andino and Nate McLouth, plus a walk by J.J. Hardy. After Davis' single, which scored Andino and McLouth, Hardy was at second with Adam Jones at bat. Jones singled and Hardy was being told to round third and head home, but he stopped after some confusion. The Orioles ended the inning without scoring another run.
Catcher Matt Wieters led off the bottom of the sixth with a double and scored on the Reynolds single, giving the Birds a 3-1 lead.
For the second straight night, Yankee Derek Jeter led off a game in Baltimore with a single. Unlike during Sunday's game, he didn't score. Alex Rodriguez hit a liner to Robert Andino, who was able to get Jeter out at second on a double play.
Still, Ichiro Suzuki reached on an error by Mark Reynolds and scored on a controversial play at the plate. Chris Davis played a Robinson Cano double off the wall and threw it to home, where Wieters attempted to tag Suzuki out at the plate. Suzuki dodged a tag by Wieters and returned to the plate, once again past Wieters' glove for a 1-0 lead.
After an average beginning to the game, Chen turned a corner. He allowed eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. Through 6.1 innings, he threw 112 pitches before manager Buck Showalter pulled him and put in Darren O'Day. Chen loaded the bases during the fourth, but was able to get Eduardo Nunez to pop out to Hardy at short and Jeter to ground out at third.
The Orioles committed two errors Monday, including one by J.J. Hardy in the sixth that allowed Russell Martin to get on base. Curtis Granderson popped out to end the inning.
As they did Sunday, Orioles pitchers had problems with patient hitters during Monday's game. Jason Hammel threw 112 pitches in 5.2 innings during Game 1 of the series. The Yankees are happy to sit on pitches, which is frustrating for the opposition.
But Chen had an excellent fifth inning, getting Suzuki, Rodriguez and Cano out in four pitches.
Before Tuesday's game, Showalter said of the Yankee patience: "It's hard. It's part of what makes them good."
Posted Oct. 8, 2012 (updated at 12:02 a.m.)