The 40-year-old hit the game-tying home run in the ninth inning and the walk-off homer in the 12th as the New York Yankees held off the Baltimore Orioles, 3-2, to earn a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five ALDS showdown.
Despite going 2-for-4 with the Yankees' only RBI after eight innings, Jeter was replaced by Jayson Nix in the ninth due to an ankle injury stemming from a foul ball that struck him earlier in the ballgame.
Enter Ibanez, who pinch-hit for a struggling Alex Rodriguez, to single-handedly put his team in the driver’s seat to advance on to the next round.
The loss spoiled seven innings of strong pitching by O’s starter Miguel Gonzalez, who allowed just five hits and one run while striking out eight. David Robertson earned the win by pitching two shutout innings, while Brian Matusz was tagged with the loss after surrendering Ibanez’s second homer.
Now the Orioles are facing elimination in Game 4 on Thursday when Joe Saunders takes the mound against Phil Hughes of the Yankees. First pitch is 7:37 p.m. ET on TBS.