It was a fun exciting night at the Yard that felt like a playoff game, but in the end, the Yankees emerged victorious – again – against the Orioles, 9-6. New York used the longball – five in total, including two by Jorge Posada – to defeat Baltimore and send them to their 79th loss, plus eliminating them from winning the division (which was a foregone conclusion anyway).
The Orioles kept pace with the Yankees as they had a 6-5 lead in the fifth inning thanks to Luke Scott’s 21st homer, but the Yankees tied the game in the sixth inning thanks an Alex Rodriguez RBI-single.
New York put the game away in the top of the seventh inning as they crossed home three times thanks to a two-run homer by Nick Swisher (his 23rd) and a solo shot by Eric Hinske (his 6th) all off of Oriole reliever Chris Ray (who took the loss).
With a 9-6 lead, the Yankee bullpen took care of the rest, and the legendary Mariano Rivera got his 38th save. Damaso Marte earned the win for the Yankees on the evening.Baltimore starting pitcher David Hernandez didn’t factor in the decision, but he gave up four hits – the problem with three of them were home runs. He struck out seven, but walked six, and showed that he could use his stuff to get guys out; however, he missed a few spots and left pitches high in the zone, but the Yankees made him pay.
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