- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees didn't want to come to Baltimore Thursday to play a makeup of last month's Hurricane Irene rainout because it was taking away an off day. They argued that the game should be made up on another day.
Scott Proctor probably wishes they'd won that argument.
The reliever allowed Robert Andino to drill a ground ball down the left fiield line to score Nolan Reimold in the tenth, sending the Yankees off to Los Angeles with a 5-4 loss.
Andino also had the game-tying hit off of Rafael Soriano in the eighth.
The Yankees have lost two straight and will travel to Los Angeles after the game to continue a ten-game road trip.
ROBBIE, GRANDY ROB 'EM: Robinson Cano momentarily saved the game for the Yankees in the seventh when he made a strong relay throw from shallow center field on Vladimir Guerrero's double to beat Nick Markakis to the plate. Francisco Cervelli gathered the throw and held on as Markakis game in with his shoulder lowered. Cervelli survived the collision and Markakis was punched out by home plate ump Mike Estabrook, which preserved the Yanks' 4-3 lead.
Curtis Granderson matched Cano in the eighth, nailing Mark Reynolds at the plate on a shallow single by Chris Davis. But the Orioles tied the game at four when the next hitter, Robert Andino, singled off of Rafael Soriano to drive home Davis.
NOVA SOLID, NOT SPECTACULAR: Even on a day when he didn't have his best stuff, Ivan Nova was able to keep his composure and keep the Yankees in the game.
Nova gave up three runs on five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed a long home run to Guerrero in the second innings and wiggled in and out of trouble in the fourth and fifth.
Nova was pulled after giving up a one-out double to Nolan Reimhold with the Yankees up, 4-2. Boone Logan came on and allowed an RBI double to Chris Davis, which accounted for the third run on Nova's ledger.
Joe Girardi said before the game that he'd put Nova up there with the rest of the competition in the AL Rookie of the Year award. Nova didn't do anything to hurt his candidacy on Thursday though he certainly give any non-believers a reason to change their mind.
JETER METER: Derek Jeter's two-out, two-run single in the second gave him 36 RBI in the 53 games since coming off of the disabled list. Jeter had just 20 RBI when he went on the disabled list in mid-June. Also, Eric Chavez had two hits and two RBIs.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Yankees continue their four-city, 10-game road trip with a trip to Los Angeles to play the Angels. The first game of that three-game set starts Friday at 10:05. They then play three at Seattle and, following their final off-day of the season, travel to Toronto to play three more.
Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.72) faces RHP Jered Weaver (16-7, 2.49) in the opener against the Angles on Friday.
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