Russell Martin's solo home run in the top of the ninth inning jump-started a New York Yankees rally, pushing the final score to what it was, but the game was tied prior to the final inning.
New York hopped out to a 1-0 lead their first few at-bats on an Ichiro Suzuki double to left-center field, scoring Derek Jeter. Baltimore wouldn't answer until the third frame. Nate McLouth's two-run single gave the underdog Orioles the lead, only to see Mark Teixeira tie the game with a single to deep right field at the top of the fourth.
The score stayed 2-2 until Martin's shot to left field with no outs in the ninth inning. Raul Ibanez followed that with a single, prompting Joe Girardi to substitute Ibanez with Eduardo Nunez as the pinch runner.
Jeter pushed Nunez to third base with a single, allowing that switch to pay off when Suzuki scored Nunez on an infield single down the first-base line.
When all was said and done, the Yankees plated five runs in the game's final frame.
The Yankees were able to use 8.2 strong innings from CC Sabathia to earn the victory Sunday night. David Robertson relieved Sabathia for the final out.
Sabathia allowed two runs on the night, but he also avoided walks and struck out seven batters, despite sitting through a two-hour rain delay.
Orioles starter Jason Hammel allowed two runs in 5.2 innings, but that wouldn't be enough to push his team to victory. Jim Johnson ultimately took the loss for Baltimore, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits in 0.1 innings of work.
Check out Ernie Johnson, John Smoltz and Cal Ripken Jr.'s quick wrap-up of tonight's action and preview of Monday's Game 2:
Wei-Yin Chen (12-11, 4.02 ERA) will pitch for Baltimore in Game 2 on Monday against Yankees legend Andy Pettitte (5-4, 2.87 ERA), as the Orioles attempt to even the series.
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