With the rain continuing to fall, the grounds crew had to keep working on the field throughout the game, causing frequent delays through the rest of the game. In the bottom of the fifth, Posada reached on a fielding error by Reynolds, who stopped the grounder but could not keep it in his glove. Cervelli followed with a deep fly ball that looked like it might leave the park, instead it stayed in on the track and Matt Angle dropped it, landing Cervelli on second and scoring Posada for a 2-0 New York lead.
The Orioles put some runs on the board in the top of the sixth. Guerrero singled to center and Matt Wieters knocked a homer to right, tying the game 2-2-. Derek Jeter led off the bottom of the inning with a single to right and Curtis Granderson worked a walk. Jeter scored on a single from Mark Teixeira and the Yankees had the lead once again.
The Yankees took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh. Posada reached on yet another curious play. A tapper back to Orioles starting pitcher Tommy Hunter should have gotten Posada easily at first, but the throw sailed past the first baseman. Posada reached first safely, but as he saw the ball go past he made a slight movement towards second and ended up getting tagged out, despite being in foul territory. Francisco Cervelli then hit another fly ball to left. The umpires ruled it was a homer but had to review it because of the fans reaching over the wall in left. In the end, the umpires determined the ball would have gone out and the Yankees had the lead again. Another solo shot from an unexpected bat came in the next at bat, as Brett Gardner drove a homer to right that bounced off the pole and the Yankees held onto a 5-3 lead. David Robertson pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Mariano Rivera got past a fielding error by Teixeira to start the ninth, getting the next three hitters down in order for the Yankee victory and his 598th career save.
Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 0-3 with a walk, three strikeouts and one stranded runner.
The Yankees Stadium Grounds Crew: Seriously, let’s give these guys a hand. They managed to keep the field in the best condition possible in some pretty nasty weather. They definitely had their work cut out for them and somehow the Yankees and Orioles managed to play a nine-inning game.
Phil Hughes: Hughes is under plenty of pressure right now and with the lengthy rain delay, shorter delays at the start of the half-innings and rain spitting in his face, he put together a nice outing. He went six innings and gave up just two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out five.
Francisco Cervelli and Jorge Posada: Both of these guys seemed to be in the middle of all the Yankees scoring last night. They each went 1-3 with a solo homer. Posada picked up another run scored on the deep fly ball Cervelli hit and Angle couldn’t catch.
Brett Gardner: Gardy gave the Yankees some insurance, hitting a rare homer as he went 1-3. He also picked up a steal.
In The On Deck Circle:
The Yankees and Orioles will get back to it pretty quickly, as they take the field at 1:05pm this afternoon. A.J. Burnett will take his turn on the mound, hoping to build on his last start. While he did not go particularly deep, it was a step in the right direction as Burnett went 5.1 innings at Fenway, giving up just two runs on five hits and two walks. Zach Britton will throw for Baltimore, coming off a solid outing against the Rays. He went six innings and gave up just two runs for his third straight win. He beat the Yankees on August 28th when he went seven innings without giving up a run and only allowing the Bombers four hits. When he saw them in July, however, the Yankees battered the southpaw. He gave up six runs on seven hits in just .1 inning. First pitch is scheduled at 1:05pm at Yankee Stadium.