Yankees 4, Orioles 1(15)

A rough night for the Baltimore Orioles ended with a horrid 15th

inning in which Mike Gonzalez hit a batter in the head, Jeremy

Guthrie was thrust into a reliever’s role and rookie Brandon Snyder

was called out for being struck by a batted ball.

It all added up to a 4-1 defeat to the New York Yankees on

Wednesday.

”Our entire bullpen pitched well tonight,” Orioles closer

Kevin Gregg said. ”But unfortunately, things went awry in that

last inning.”

After allowing a two-run double to Robinson Cano in the 15th,

Gonzalez struck Chris Dickerson in the head with a fastball.

Gonzalez was immediately ejected, and Dickerson remained motionless

on the ground for several minutes.

After being helped to his feet, Dickerson – who had borrowed

teammate Jorge Posada’s batting helmet after his was cracked by the

pitch – walked to first base before leaving the game.

Dickerson was taken to a hospital for a CT scan.

”He was lucid and he knew where he was. He had a lump on his

head,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ”You have to do

everything precautionary now. We’re just making sure he’s OK. It’s

standard operating procedure.”

Gonzalez insisted that the pitch was not thrown intentionally

inside.

”No way, shape or form was I trying to hit Dickerson or

anything like that,” he said. ”In fact, I was trying to throw a

fastball down and away. It got away from me and I’m sorry it hit

him.”

Alex Rodriguez had a season-high four hits for the Yankees,

whose only run before the 15th was an unearned tally in the

fourth.

Mark Teixeira led off the 15th with a single off Jeremy Accardo

(2-1). Rodriguez followed with a single, and Cano hit a liner to

right-center that Adam Jones bobbled, allowing Cano to take

third.

Gonzalez then hit Dickerson. With Baltimore out of relief

pitchers, Guthrie – the scheduled starter for Thursday – came in

and gave up a sacrifice fly to Brett Gardner.

New York’s Hector Noesi (1-0) worked four innings in his major

league debut, allowing two hits and walking three.

In the bottom of the 15th, Baltimore got the first two batters

on. But the uprising was short-circuited when Snyder was struck by

a grounder off the bat of Matt Wieters, an automatic out.

”I tried to get out of the way and the ball just felt like it

chased me,” Snyder said.

It was the longest game of the season for both teams, and the

longest for the Orioles at home since a 17-inning affair against

Philadelphia in 2003. The game lasted 4 hours, 56 minutes.

Baltimore loaded the bases with one out in the 11th against Luis

Ayala before Boone Logan struck out Luke Scott and retired Wieters

on a fly ball. Wieters was a major league-best 15 for 27 with

runners in scoring position before the out.

Noesi worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 12th, and the

Yankees failed to score against Accardo in the 13th after getting

runners at the corners with no outs.

”We had a lot of people pitch well. You pitch that well, you’d

like to take advantage of it,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter

said. ”I was real proud of our pitching tonight. It’s just

frustrating because we had so many opportunities there to push that

run across.”

New York starter Bartolo Colon pitched eight innings of

three-hit ball and left with a 1-0 lead, but the usually reliable

Rivera gave up a run in the ninth to force extra innings. It was

his third blown save in 16 tries – the second against

Baltimore.

Singles by Jones and Nick Markakis put runners at the corners

with one out in the ninth before Vladimir Guerrero hit a sacrifice

fly.

”We scored off Rivera there in the ninth inning and didn’t do

much against Colon, that’s for sure,” Showalter said.

Colon struck out seven and walked one. The right-hander, who

turns 38 next week, retired 13 straight at one point and ended his

performance by striking out the side.

Baltimore starter Zach Britton went seven innings, allowing an

unearned run, six hits and three walks. He has gone 19 1-3

consecutive innings without yielding an earned run, lowering his

ERA to 2.14.

In the New York fourth, Rodriguez got a leadoff single and moved

to second on a groundout. Orioles second baseman Robert Andino then

failed to catch a pickoff throw from Britton, apparently the result

of trying to apply the tag before securing the ball. Rodriguez took

third, and Nick Swisher followed with a sacrifice fly.

NOTES: The Orioles placed INF Cesar Izturis (elbow) on the

15-day DL and recalled INF Brandon Snyder from Triple-A Norfolk.

… Derek Jeter opened the game with a single, his 300th career hit

against Baltimore. Jeter started as a DH for only the second time

this season. … Cano has hit in 17 straight games against the

Orioles.