NEW YORK – J.J. Hardy hit an RBI double in the 13th inning and the Baltimore Orioles bounced back from a demoralizing loss to outlast the New York Yankees 2-1 Thursday, forcing a Game 5 in the AL division series.
After splitting 22 games this year, it all comes down this: a winner-take-all for a spot in the AL championship series.
Game 1 winner CC Sabathia is set to pitch the deciding game for the Yankees. Orioles manager Buck Showalter had not announced his starter.
Eric Chavez, pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez, lined out to end the game shortly after midnight.
The Orioles were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position until Hardy doubled off David Phelps with one out to score Manny Machado.
Baltimore’s bullpen escaped an eighth-inning jam as Alex Rodriguez struck out yet again.
Baltimore’s Nate McLouth homered in the fifth and made a leaping catch against the left-field wall to save run in the bottom half, and Robinson Cano hit an RBI groundout in the sixth.
New York had a runner in each of the first eight innings and threatened to take the lead in the eighth. Singles by Ichiro Suzuki and Mark Teixeira off Luis Ayala put two on with no outs, and Cano’s grounder to second against Brian Matusz advanced the runners.
Darren O’Day relieved and struck out Rodriguez on four pitches.
New York, playing its first game since announcing the death of manager Joe Girardi’s father, was coming off its dramatic 3-2, 12-inning win Wednesday behind Raul Ibanez’s home runs in the ninth and 12th innings.
Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain was knocked out by Matt Wieters’ broken bat.