Yankees 7, Orioles 5: Exhale

And exhale... I asked the Yankees to win tonight and they listened to me, so you can leave your thank yous in the comments.

Onto the game recap: The Yankees finally ended their six-game losing streak at Camden Yards tonight. Hooray! It didn't look good there for a while and after the Orioles took a 4-1 lead, things were looking downright dire.

But, the Yankees' bats came alive and thanks to some well-timed long balls, the Yankees came back and won.

The Yankees started off well with an RBI double by Alex Rodriguez in the third to make it 1-0. If you'll recall, he's the one who made last night's 1-0 as well. They held that lead until the bottom of the fifth inning when the wheels fell off.

Henry Urrutia hit a single to Eduardo Nunez who committed a throwing error -- I know, shocking -- which allowed all the runners to be safe and allowed J.J. Hardy to score to tie the game at one.

Then Nick Markakis hit a sacrifice fly to score Brian Roberts from third to put Baltimore ahead 2-1 and Chris Davis hit his 49th home run to make it 4-1. Dais now only needs one home run to tie the Orioles franchise record of 50 which was set by Brady Anderson back in 1996.

In the top of the sixth, the Yankees struck back and to pulled to within one run thanks to solo home runs from Alfonso Soriano and Mark Reynolds -- Reynolds' shot was an absolute bomb.

In the eighth inning, Robinson Cano hit a single over reliever Kevin Gausman to tie the game at four. Rodriguez who had been on base thanks to his second double of the night scored on Cano's hit. A-Rod finished with two doubles and an RBI. Then Alfonso Soriano hit his second home run of the night to make it 6-4.

The Orioles brought in Francisco Rodriguez and he promptly surrendered back-to-back doubles, one to Curtis Granderson and one to Mark Reynolds. Granderson scored on Reynolds' double and the Yankees took a 7-4 lead.

Baltimore scored one run in the bottom of the eighth thanks to two wild pitches and a sac fly but that was all they could muster.

Mariano Rivera got four straight outs for his 650th career save and he has converted 42 of 49 chances this year. Hey, it's the 42nd save for #42. That's pretty cool.

You know what else is cool? Tampa and Cleveland both lost tonight so the Yankees are now two games out.

Tonight's victory was Joe Girardi's 556th with the Yankees which puts him in a tie with Billy Martin for sixth place on the franchise wins list.

And now, for some injury notes because we cover the Yankees and there are always injuries:

  • A-Rod has a mild hamstring issue which is the reason he was pulled in the eighth. Joe Girardi hopes Rodriguez will be able to DH tomorrow.
  • Ivan Nova apparently has a lingering arm issue around his triceps near the elbow. It has been bothering him off and on, and it started bothering him again tonight. So for everyone who was wondering why he came out while his pitch count was so miniscule, there's why.
  • Austin Romine likely has a concussion
  • David Robertson who is battling shoulder inflammation threw a bullpen before the game (11 pitches) and told reporters he didn't have any problems. Girardi said he hopes D-Rob will be available tomorrow.
  • Derek Jeter is "still in a holding pattern,'' and there's no timetable for his return.