Cano Clobbers Game Winning Single, Bombers Beat O's

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst ISeptember 20, 2008

The New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles Saturday afternoon by a score of 1-0.

Alfredo Aceves started for the Yankees. He went six innings, gave up no runs on five hits, walked three, and struck out three.

Brian Burres went for the Orioles. He lasted seven innings gave up no runs on three hits, walked none, and struck out two.

This game featured great pitching and stellar defense, and virtually no offense until the ninth inning.

In the first inning, Aceves completed a rare, unassisted double play. He caught Adam Jones's bunt and ran to second base to double up Brain Roberts, who had moved to third base thinking the bunt was laid down.

Derek Jeter was hit on the hand to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning, and had to come out of the game. Brett Gardner pinch-ran and stole second base.

Later in the inning, Robinson Cano came up and delivered a walk-off single to score Gardner from third, giving the Yankees a 1-0 win.

Mariano Rivera, who pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, gets the win and improves to 6-5.

Jim Miller of the O's lost and fell to 0-2.

"We're seeing some of the benifits of him hitting at home," said Joe Girardi to the media after the game about Cano. "He worked with Kevin (Long) and he's doing better."

"They had Jeter x-rayed, I didn't see the replay, his hand is not broken, it is sore, and we expect to see him in there tomorrow," Girardi added about Jeter's hand.

The Yankees now have one home game remaining in the 2008 regular season, and the final game at the current Yankee Stadium is Sunday night.

"We have to win the game tomorrow, that's the bottom line," Girardi said to the press. "It really hit me hard today knowing that it's the final game here tomorrow. I think this building should close on a win."

Tomorrow night at 8:05 ET, the Cathedral closes and the Yankees will play their final home game at the current Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles.

Andy Pettitte (13-14, 4.57 ERA) gets the start against Chris Waters (3-3, 4.75 ERA).