Yankees stumble way to win
BALTIMORE — The New York Yankees blew a late lead, had a runner thrown out at the plate in the 10th inning, and stranded nine.
And still — as usual — they beat the Baltimore Orioles.
Russell Martin singled home the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning after Mariano Rivera gave up the lead in the ninth, and the Yankees escaped with a 6-3 victory yesterday.
“We found a way to get it done,’’ New York manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s the bottom line.’’
Rivera, who blew his second save in nine tries, said, “Thank God we won the game. To me that’s the most important.’’
The game had a bit of everything, including a 40-minute rain delay in the 11th inning. Baltimore rallied against Joba Chamberlain and Rivera; both teams missed a chance to win in the late innings; and the Yankees ultimately prevailed on the strength of three infield hits and a couple of Baltimore errors in a wild 11th.
Robinson Cano led off the 11th with a double off Jason Berken. After Nick Swisher failed on a bunt attempt, Cano was caught between the bases. Catcher Matt Wieters threw to second, and Cano scampered safely to third.
Swisher struck out, and after an intentional walk to Eric Chavez, Martin hit a grounder deep in the hole to shortstop Robert Andino, who threw wildly to second in a desperate attempt to start a double play.
“It’s just a firm groundball that was hit in the right spot,’’ Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “Robert tried to make a great play and I applaud him for it.’’
One out later, Derek Jeter hit a slow roller to third, and Mark Reynolds’s throw went awry on what was ruled an infield hit. Curtis Granderson followed with an RBI single off the glove of second baseman Brian Roberts.