Thursday, September 8, 2011

O's Sink Yanks In Extras

The Orioles avoided a sweep in New York with a 5-4 win over the Yankees in 11 innings on Wednesday afternoon.

After Zach Britton allowed four runs in five innings, the O's bullpen held New York scoreless through the final six frames. Seven relievers combined to allow just four hits and two walks while striking out six. Pedro Strop picked up his first win as an Oriole, and Jim Johnson survived a scary 11th for his third save of the season.

Nolan Riemold slapped a two run homer in the third inning, but Mark Reynolds was the hero of the game. Reynolds had already struck out four times before connecting for an RBI single in the 11th that put the Birds on top to stay. Nick Markakis was intentionally walked with one on and one out, and Reynolds took the gesture personally, delivering the game-winning single.

The Yankees and Orioles meet again in Baltimore on Thursday; Alfredo Simon looks to make it two straight.

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