Rapid Reaction: Yankees 5, Orioles 4

July, 6, 2013

NEW YORK -- Welcome back, Eduardo Nunez.

After missing 56 games, Nunez had a grand return to the Yankees' lineup as he drove in the game-winning run in New York's 5-4 win over Baltimore on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Nunez went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

The Yankees have now won a season-high six straight games.

Nunez returns: Nunez had missed the last two months with a strained left oblique, but didn't show any rust. He had a sacrifice fly in the second, scored a run in the fifth and put the Yankees up 5-4 in the sixth with an RBI single. He struggled mightily before going on the disabled list, hitting just .200, but he looked comfortable at the plate Saturday.

Andy finishes strong: Andy Pettitte had a rough start Saturday, but settled down late and put together a solid outing. Pettitte gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings, only three of which were earned. The Orioles scored three runs over their first four outs, but Pettitte found his groove after that. He improved to 6-6 with his first win since June 8. In giving up four runs, Pettitte has now surrendered at least four runs in six of his last seven starts.

Much better: Just six days ago, Baltimore starter Chris Tillman completed the sweep of the Yankees by pitching six innings of two-run ball. On Saturday, the Yankees exacted revenge as they knocked around Tillman to the tune of 10 hits and five runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Yankees succeeded in drawing Tillman into deep counts and ran his pitch count up early.

Cruz hits again: Luis Cruz did not hit with the Dodgers, but he's done a nice job with the Yankees. He had an RBI single in the second inning that sliced the Orioles' lead to 3-1. He's 4-for-14 as a Yankee after going 1-for-3 on Saturday.

Changing fortune: The Orioles swept the Yankees last weekend in Baltimore, but one week later, it's the Yankees who are in position to sweep the Orioles.

Up next: The Yankees will go for the sweep as Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 2.95 ERA) faces Jason Hammel (7-5, 5.19). First pitch is 1:05 p.m.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor



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HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146