Orioles 3, Yankees 2

Andy Pettitte slapped his glove, angry he had allowed another

run.

For the New York Yankees, it was yet another night of missed

chances.

Instead of winning both games at Camden Yards, the Yankees

headed home with a split in their best-of-five AL division series

against the Baltimore Orioles following a 3-2 loss in Game 2 Monday

night.

And now when the series resumes Wednesday night, they face

having to get at least one win from the back end of their rotation.

The rest of the series will be played in the Bronx.

”We’ve played very well at home, and we’re going to have to

continue to do that if we’re going to move on,” Yankees manager

Joe Girardi said.

New York went 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position and

stranded 10.

Pettitte, the career leader in postseason wins (19) and starts

(43), failed to hold a 1-0 lead provided by Ichiro Suzuki’s

acrobatic spin to touch home plate in the first inning. The

40-year-old left-hander, who came out of retirement last spring for

moments like this, allowed three runs and seven hits in seven-plus

innings, dropping his postseason mark to 19-11.

Chris Davis’ two-run single in the third and Mark Reynolds’ RBI

single in the sixth built a 3-1 lead against Pettitte, who was

frustrated with himself when he returned to the dugout.

Robinson Cano’s double in the first drove in Suzuki, whose

pirouette around catcher Matt Wieters earned style points in

addition to a run.

Derek Jeter pulled the Yankees within a run with an RBI single

in the seventh against Wei-Yin Chen. But the captain also was part

of New York’s struggles at the plate with runners in scoring

position, a problem all season.

New York loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, but

Eduardo Nunez popped out and Jeter grounded into a forceout.

With runners at second and third and two outs in the seventh,

Nick Swisher flied out against Brian Matusz, dropping to 1 for 33

(.030) with runners in scoring position in postseason play.

And a night after scoring five runs in the ninth against

All-Star reliever Jim Johnson to win 7-2, the Yankees saw just 12

pitches in a 1-2-3 ninth against Baltimore’s closer. Alex

Rodriguez, 1 for 9 with five strikeouts in the series, fanned for

the final out.

Last year, the Yankees won their first-round opener against

Detroit but were knocked out in five games. In 2010, they beat

Texas in Game 1 of the AL championship series but lost in six.

Not the type of history New York wants to repeat.