For the second time in a week, the Yankees won on a 9th-inning wild pitch, this time beating Baltimore 6-5.
The game was delayed for about 90 minutes at the start because of rain.
Mark Reynolds hit a 2-run HR (19) in the second to give the Yanks a quick 2-0 lead.
The Yanks went up 4-0 in the third on a bases-loaded single by Vernon Wells.
Phil Hughes gave up a run in the bottom of the third, and when the first batter in the fourth reached on an error, manager Joe Girardi had a quick hook and brought in David Huff.
Hughes went 3+, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.07.
Granderson hit HR #6 in the top of the seventh to put the Yanks up 5-1, but Huff gave it right back in the bottom of the inning when Nick Markakis homered to make it 5-2.
Huff 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 6.04. (Cle/NYY).
Adam Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.52.
Cesar Cabral 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00. Who knew that Cabral would be used to get big outs right now when he just recently made his MLB debut? Go figure.
David Robertson blew the lead in the 8th. First off, he was saved by Alfonso Sorano when Soriano took a HR away from Manny Machado. But that relief didn’t last long as Robertson, after striking out Davis for the second out, later gave up two singles and a game-tying 3-run HR to Danny Valencia. He then gave up a double to Hardy but struck out Wieters to end the inning.
1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.24.
In the top of the 9th, newly acquired SS Brendan Ryan (not eligible for the postseason if there is one for the Yankees) singled. Stewart bunted and pitcher Jim Johnson’s throw in trying for the force on Ryan was bad. All safe. Granderson bunted both runners over and a wild pitch scored Ryan with the eventual game-winning run.
Mo came in and had a 1-2-3 9th. 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.30.
The win came down to an official scorer’s decision. Because of Robertson’s ineffectiveness, the official scorer didn’t give the W to Robertson but rewarded it to Mo (6-2) instead.
The Yanks stay 1 game behind the Rays for the second wild-card slot.
Meanwhile, Brett Gardner had to leave the game after his at bat in the top of the first with an oblique strain. He could be done for the year now, too.