Yankees 9 Orioles 4: Jeter Hits Milestone; Power Explosion

It was a big night for the Yankees tonight, few and far between of late, as the Yankees pounded the Orioles bullpen for six late runs to win going away, 9-4.  Derek Jeter reached the 2,500-hit milestone, only the third Yankees with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.  Bobby Abreu went 5-5.  Cano and Molina hit back-to-back homers in the fifth to tie the game at three.  Cody Ransom hit a three-run homer in the eighth to provide a big cushion, with Xavier Nady following him with a line-drive homer to center to provide the final score.  Mussina wasn’t at his best tonight and got no decision, while Veras got the win to go 4-2, Marte got two outs in the eighth but, after plugging Huff, was replaced by Mariano who entered for his 29th save of the year.

The Yanks scored a run in the first when JD doubled and Jeter’s bloop single behind Roberts moved Damon to third while elevating Jeter to the 2,500 milestone.  Abreu’s single to right made it 1-0, but A-Rod’s 5-4-3 DP helped kill the rally, with Giambi’s K finishing it off.  The Orioles tied it in the bottom of the first when Roberts singled, stole second and, with two outs, Huff’s single to center tied it at 1.  The Yankees had a chance to retake the lead in the second with second and third, two outs, but JD popped out.  The Orioles added a run in the third and fourth before Cano and Molina tied it with their back-to-back homers in the fifth.  Hernandez’s sac fly scored Millar in the 6th to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead.

But the Yankees took the lead for good in the eighth when Abreu singled and A-Rod doubled to left.  Giambi popped out but, with Nady up, a wild pitch scored Abreu to tie the game.  Nady’s single to right scored A-Rod, 5-4 Yankees.  After Marte then Mariano held the O-Birds in the bottom of the eighth, the Yankees exploded for four two-out runs in the ninth.   Abreu singled when his ground ball took a bad hop past Roberts, A-Rod hit a ground-rule double to left-center on a ball that, with the hit-and-run, would have easily scored Abreu.  But Cody Ransom, in to play first for Giambi, made it academic with his second homer in two at-bats with the Yankees, 8-4 Yankees.  Nady then pasted a deep line drive to center, 9-4 Yankees.

Abreu’s five-hit night raised his average to .295, and he continued to lead the Yankees with 82 RBIs.  Jeter’s 2,500th career hit leaves his average at .296.  A-Rod was 2-5 with 2 runs, batting .309.  Nady was 2-5 with his 21st homer of the year, Cano’s 2-4 night pushed his average up to .263, and Ransom has two homers in two Yankee at-bats.  The Yankees left 7 on, 3 in scoring position, but had 4 two-out RBIs.  Mussina wasn’t at his best tonight in his bid to win his 17th game of the year, allowing 9 hits and 4 runs earned in 6 innings, walking none and fanning 3 on 110 pitches/75 strikes.  But the bullpen was excellent, with Marte’s HBP serving as the only Oriole base runner in the final three innings.  Mariano now has 29 saves this year and 472 in his brilliant career, lowering his ERA to 1.60.

PaVoldemort goes for the Yankees tomorrow night against Jeremy Guthrie (10-9, 3.15 ERA).  Needless to say, I’m not the least bit optimistic but, in this odd and often awful season, anything can happen.  He’s lucky to be pitching in Baltimore in his first game for, if he does well and gets a second start, he might ameliorate some of the boos he’ll surely receive in The Bronx for his having been a colossal free-agent waste in his nearly finished four years.  If he has anything positive to contribute to the pinstripes, it better be now since it’s more than a little late and far too short.  The Yankees are still 6 1/2 behind Boston and Tampa is up 6-4 on Chicago as I post.

I saw the run-for-the-bus 14-3 loss the Yankees punched the clock and passively earned by rolling over last night, but felt no need to contribute a post detailing that non-effort.  Plus, I was busy with office organization–which was very productive, unlike the Yankees game–and paying bills.

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