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Saturday, July 6, 2013
Yanks win thanks to Wells' walk-off

By Ian Begley

NEW YORK -- All's well that ends Wells.

Vernon Wells saved the Yankee offense from another embarrassing night by driving in the game-winning run in the ninth inning of New York's 3-2 win.

Vernon Wells
Vernon Wells hit a walk-off single against the Orioles on Friday.
Wells was swarmed by his teammates and doused in Gatorade after drilling a single to left field past Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado.

"It brings you back to when you were a kid, just putting on the uniform and playing the game," Wells said.

Wells hasn't had much to celebrate this year. He has battled some extended hitting slumps and was batting just .235 entering Friday's game.

Joe Girardi said he wanted Wells in the lineup Friday night because he was coming off a 2-for-4 game against Minnesota on Thursday.

Wells had a chance to make an impact earlier in Friday's game but flied out weakly with the bases loaded and two out in the fifth.

He more than made up for it in the ninth, though.

David Adams got things started for the Yankees with a single to right to lead off the ninth.

Brett Gardner laid down what was supposed to be a sacrifice bunt to get Adams to second. But Baltimore closer Jim Johnson couldn't field the ball and both Gardner and Adams were safe.

Ichiro Suzuki bunted both runners over to bring up Robinson Cano.

Buck Showalter decided to intentionally walk Cano for the second time to bring up Travis Hafner with the bases loaded and none out.

Hafner walked, setting up Wells' heroics.

KURODA OK: Girardi said Hiroki Kuroda made it through his bullpen session on Friday without incident. He doesn't want to pencil Kuroda back into the pitching rotation until he checks with him Saturday morning to make sure that his hip is still healthy. Kuroda was supposed to start Friday's game but was scratched due to a hip ailment.

SUZUKI SIZZLES: Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-4 and is hitting .341 with three homers, 10 RBIs, seven steals and eight multihit outings in his past 22 games.

O YEAH: The Yanks snapped a five-game losing streak to Baltimore and are 3-1 at home against their division rival.