Gardner's Defense, Double Drive Yanks Past O's

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst ISeptember 19, 2008

The New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles Friday night by a score of 3-2.

Carl Pavano started for the Yankees. He went five innings, gave up two earned runs on six hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Radhames Liz went for the O's. He lasted 6.1 innings, gave up three earned runs on eight hits, walked three, and struck out one.

Baltimore scored first in the top of the first inning. Aubrey Huff singled to score Brian Roberts. The Yankees avoided a huge inning for the O's as Brett Gardner made an outfield assist to nail Nick Markakis at home plate, and the Orioles left the inning with a 1-0 lead.

The Orange birds added another run in the top of the second. Lou Montanez hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Adam Jones from third base, and the O's led 2-0.

The Yankees cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third. Robinson Cano blasted a solo homer into the short porch in right field for his 14th bomb on the year, and the Yankees trailed 2-1.

Later in the third, Gardner doubled to score Ivan Rodriguez, and the Yankees knotted it up, 2-2.

In the top of the fourth, Luke Scott drove Pavano's offering to deep center field. He thought he had a home run, but Gardner denied him, making an outstanding play to rob Scott of a homer and save the Yankees a run.

The Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. With Alex Rodriguez batting, Liz tossed a wild pitch and Johnny Damon scored from third base, giving the Yankees a 3-2 edge.

The Yanks' bullpen showed it's strength, Mariano Rivera came in to a standing ovation in the ninth, and the Yankees went on to win the game.

Pavano Gets the win and moves up to 4-1 on the season.

Liz gets the loss and evens out at 6-6.

Phil Coke, Brian Bruney, Damaso Marte, and Joba Chamberlain all recorded holds, and Rivera notched his 37th save this year.

"Pav' did his job, we were able to mix and match a little bit, and everyone did their job," said skipper Joe Girardi to the press after the game.

"Gardy is a guy that has all the tools, so it was a great job by him," Girardi added about Gardner's performance.

Tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 ET, the Yankees will play the second-to-last game in the current Yankee Stadium against the Orioles.

Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 1.80 ERA) of the Yankees will take on Brian Burres (7-9, 6.32 ERA) of the Orioles.