Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Yankees 13, Orioles 8

WP: Jason Anderson (1-0)
LP: B.J. Ryan (1-2)

What looked like would be a huge comeback victory and a possible momentum-builder for the Orioles turned into a crushing loss to the hated Yankees.

The Orioles were down 6-0 when starter Bruce Chen was pulled in the second inning, but clawed back into the game thanks to solid relief pitching from Todd Williams, Tim Byrdak and Chris Ray, as well as some costly walks from Yankee pitchers.

The O's took an 8-6 lead on a Luis Matos double in the seventh, but the bullpen imploded in the eighth.

Steve Kline started the inning and promptly gave up a homerun to Jason Giambi to make it 8-7. After Ruben Sierra followed with a single, manager Lee Mazzilli went to the 'pen in the hopes that B.J. Ryan could hold the lead. Still with no outs, Derek Jeter singled off of Ryan, then Robinson Cano sacrificed the runners to second and third with a bunt. Ryan walked Gary Sheffield to load the bases hoping for a double play, but then walked Alex Rodriguez to force in the tying run. Bernie Williams followed with a two run single to take a 10-8 lead, and a Miguel Tejada fielding error, a walk to Jorge Posada, a pitch that hit Giambi, and a Bubba Crosby single led to three more runs.

When the inning finally ended on a Derek Jeter flyout off of Jorge Julio, the Yankees had sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs.

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