Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Birds Soaked In New York

The Orioles waited-out a four-hour rain delay only to fall to the New York Yankees 5-3 in a wet and sloppy game on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

Tommy Hunter turned in a solid performance, allowing just a solo homer and an unearned run before back-to-back solo jacks ended his night in the deciding seventh inning. Hunter (3-3) went 6 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out six.

Jorge Posada broke open a scoreless game in the third with a solo homer, and the Yankees scored an unearned run in the fifth after the Birds committed two errors in the inning.

Matt Wieters tied the game with a two-run blast (his 17th of the season) in the sixth, and after the Yankees took the lead again in the bottom of the frame, Nick Markakis' RBI double in the top of the seventh knotted the game once again.

But Hunter ran into trouble in the bottom of the seventh, allowing two solo homers after recording two outs to give New York a two-run lead they would not relinquish.

The Orioles (55-85) are now 30 games under .500 and square-off against the Yankees again on Wednesday afternoon. Zach Britton takes the mound for the Birds.

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