Rapid Reaction: Yankees 5, Orioles 3

June, 20, 2014
Jun 20
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NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees won in dramatic fashion as Carlos Beltran hit a three-run game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth. The Yankees, after failing all night in the clutch, scored four runs in the ninth to beat the Baltimore Orioles.

Ninth Try: Down two runs entering the ninth, Brett Gardner knocked a leadoff single off lefty Zach Britton to begin the ninth. Next, Derek Jeter struck out looking on a 2-2 pitch and Jacoby Ellsbury flew out to center and it appeared the Yankees might go out meekly.

However, Mark Teixeira walked, passing the baton to Brian McCann.

McCann came through with an RBI single to center. It was up to Beltran with men on first and second, down just a run. Beltran smashed the three-run home run off Britton. It was a no-doubt-about-it job.

Gatorade Bath: During Beltran's postgame interview on My9, Gardner doused him with Gatorade.

Before Beltran: The Yankees left the bases loaded in three innings as they failed to take advantage of a wild Ubaldo Jimenez and wasted Hiroki Kuroda's fine performance.

No-No? No: Kuroda started the sixth inning with a no-hitter; he ended it with no lead. Leading off, No. 9 batter Nick Hundley knocked a no-doubt-about-it double to break up the chance at history.

After a Steve Pearce one-out RBI double and an Adam Jones one-out RBI single, it was 2-1 Orioles.

Kuroda would be finished after six, allowing the two runs on four hits.

Bases Loaded I: With one out and the bases loaded in the second, Brett Gardner hit a fly ball to center. It wasn't that deep, but third-base coach Rob Thomson and Beltran decided to go for it. Adam Jones easily threw out Beltran.

Bases Loaded, II: In the fifth, the Yankees loaded the bases, but Teixeira grounded out to first to end the inning.

Bases Loaded, III: In the sixth, the Yankees again loaded the bases. Buck Showalter took out the erratic Jimenez -- he walked six -- and brought in lefty T.J. McFarland to face Gardner. Gardner hit a ball toward the middle. Second baseman Ryan Flaherty ranged to his right and made a nice play, flipping to second for the forceout.

Eighth Try: Down a run, Yangervis Solarte left two runners on by flying out to left against Darren O'Day.

Els of a start: Ellsbury's legs continue to be a weapon. His two-out infield single and stolen base set up Teixeira's RBI single to right.

Ellsbury has now stolen 13 straight bags without being caught.

BR1.5K: It is not as lyrical as DJ3K was, but Brian Roberts' second-inning single gave him 1,500 career hits.

Bet on him: After Matt Thornton couldn't do his job, giving up a couple of two-out hits in the eighth, Dellin Betances bailed him out by forcing Manny Machado to pop out.

On Deck: The Yankees will honor Tino Martinez with a plaque in Monument Park on Saturday. The team advises fans to arrive by 11:15 a.m. Game time is 1 p.m. with Vidal Nuno (1-3, 5.90 ERA) pitching for his spot in the rotation against Bud Norris (6-5, 3.73).
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.286 14 64 64
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 64
RB. Gardner 79
OPSJ. Ellsbury .778
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAH. Kuroda 3.88
SOM. Tanaka 135