Yankees 6, Orioles 4 (10)

Todd Karpovich, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

BALTIMORE -- After Baltimore's Jim Johnson blew his third consecutive save by allowing a game-tying home run to Travis Hafner in the ninth, the New York Yankees scored twice more in the 10th for a 6-4 victory over the Orioles in the first of a three-game series Monday night.
The Yankees remained in first place in the American League East and extended their lead to five games over the third-place Orioles. Baltimore has lost a season-high six consecutive games.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia allowed four runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts and no walks over 6 1/3 innings. He did not earn a decision for the third consecutive game.
Robinson Cano, David Adams and Lyle Overbay also hit solo home runs for the Yankees.
Freddy Garcia had one of his most effective outings in four starts this season for the Orioles. He gave up just two runs on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks through six innings.
With the game tied at two, Yankees first baseman Overbay broke the deadlock in the seventh with a solo home run to center field off left-handed reliever Troy Patton.
However, the Orioles tied game later that inning on a double by Nick Markakis that scored Alexi Castilla, who led off with a single. The Orioles then took their first lead when J.J. Hardy followed with a double that ended Sabathia's night.
Darren O'Day pitched a scoreless eighth for the Orioles to set up the save situation for Johnson. After getting Cano to ground out, Johnson delivered a 3-1 fastball that Hafner crushed to left center. Prior to the three blown opportunities in the past week, Johnson had converted a franchise-record 35 consecutive saves.
After Ichiro Suzuki led off the 10th with a double off Pedro Strop, Vernon Wells gave the Yankees the lead with a ground-rule double. Hafner delivered again later that inning with a two-out, RBI single off Brian Matusz.
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera then got his league-leading 17th save by retiring three straight batters to end the game.
The Yankees jumped on Garcia early as Cano provided a 1-0 lead with his 13th homer of the season in the first. The early margin was a good sign for the Yankees, who entered the game 18-0 when scoring first this season. They're now 18-1.
The Yankees had seven left-handed batters in their starting lineup against the right-handed Garcia. Lefties were batting .333 against him, but right-handed hitters were batting only .156.
However, it was the right-handed-hitting Adams who increased the lead to 2-0 with his first Major League home run in the second. Catcher Austin Romine was the Yankees other righty in the lineup
Chris Davis answered for the Orioles in the bottom half of the second with another solo home run to center field. He tied Cano for the league lead with 13.
Baltimore then tied the game in the fifth when Steve Pearce led off with a double and scored two batters later on a single up the middle by Markakis.
Notes: Romine became the first Yankees rookie to start three consecutive games at catcher since Francisco Cervelli in 2009...The Yankees and Texas are the only Major League clubs that have yet to lose more than two consecutive games this season... Casilla entered the game batting .583 (14-for-24) in his career against Yankees starter CC Sabathia, tied with Manny Ramirez for the highest average with at least 20 plate appearances against the left-hander...Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has been successful in all seven of his base-stealing attempts this season... Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich, who is named after the Orioles Hall-of-Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, threw out the first pitch.

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