The Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Wednesday night at Camden Yards behind 6.1 solid innings from Andy Pettitte. He allowed three runs and nine hits and struck out three Orioles. However, like he has been able to do so many times in his career, Pettitte was able to induce a double play when he needed one. They were led offensively by Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson.
The win, as are all the ones they get for the rest of the season, was a needed one for the Yankees since the Indians and obviously the Orioles lost. As of now, the only team the Yankees have to jump is the Tampa Bay Rays, who have lost seven of their past 10 games.
Luckily for the Yankees, Andy Pettitte is getting better as the season has progressed since his ERA was 4.71 on August 5 and is now 4.04. He has allowed three runs or less in all of his last seven starts and is not pitching like 41-year-old. In the sixth inning, Pettitte got J.J. Hardy to hit into a double play to end the frame.
Shawn Kelley got the final two outs of the seventh, which continued his bounce back from allowing two runs in a loss to the Orioles on September 1. Even though he allowed a run in Tuesday’s game against the Orioles, the Yankees were still able to get the win and he got the hold. David Robertson, who has been one of the best relievers in baseball this season, allowed two hits and recorded a strikeout in a scoreless eighth inning. He is on track to being the closer next season after Mariano Rivera retires.
Rivera, recorded his 43rd save of his final season, but he did allow a run in his third of his last four appearances. He allowed a rare double to Nate McLouth because it is not often that somebody will hit a ball over the speedy Brett Gardner in center. After Brian Roberts singled to drive in McClouth, Manny Machado struck out to end the game. There is still nobody the Yankees would count on more to end the game than Rivera. It could be that his increased usage of late is getting to him.
One of the offensive stars for the Yankees was Robinson Cano, He hit his 27th homer to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead in the ninth while also driving in Brett Gardner on a ground out to the shortstop in the first. Cano had two hits and his homer was his 100th RBI of his season. His homer was one of three that the Yankees slugged in the win over Buck Showalter and the Orioles.
Curtis Granderson (.248) hit a deep homer to right in the fifth inning to pull the Yankees within a run of the Orioles. It was his fifth homer of the season in 45 games played. Granderson was the only player on the team besides Cano to record two hits. He is hitting .333 in his last nine at-bats, which is obviously a small sample size, but the Yankees need him to continue that level of production.
Alex Rodriguez hit the other home run for the Bronx Bombers. His solo homer to right in the sixth inning tied the game. That home run gave him 653 for his career. He is now eight homers away from passing Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time homer list. However, A-Rod’s homer total is obviously tainted.
The Yankees will try for the series win on Thursday against the Orioles. If they win their third game in a row against Baltimore, on Thursday night, it will make sweeping the upcoming series less crucial. The Yankees always want to beat the Red Sox, but after that series, nine of their last 12 games are against last place teams.