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Ibanez’s Big Hit In The 12th Makes Yankees A Winner

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Raul Ibanez drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th-inning and Marino Rivera worked a perfect bottom-half to earn his first save of the year, as the Yankees have taken the first two games against Baltimore with a 5-4 win at Camden Yards on Tuesday night.

With two outs and Robinson Cano on third, the Orioles walked Curtis Granderson to bring Ibanez to the plate. His ground-rule double scored Cano and made a winner out of Clay Rapada (1-0), who retired the only two batters he faced in the 11th-inning.

Derek Jeter lead-off the game with home run, and Nick Swisher followed with a double off the wall against Wei-Yin Chen, a 26-year-old from Taiwan, who deserved a better fate in his Major League debut.

Chen settled in nicely after Swisher, allowing just three hits through the next five innings. In the sixth, though, he allowed two hits and walk to load the bases. A sacrifice fly from Andruw Jones brought home New York’s second run, before third baseman Mark Reynolds’ booted a two-out Russ Martin grounder that should have ended the inning. It scored Mark Texeira and Brett Gardner followed with an RBI single making it 4-1 New York, and forcing Chen from the game after seven hits and two earned runs.

Cano finished 3 for 6, and Ibanez and Gardner each had two hits.

Yankee starter Freddy Garcia chucked five wild-pitches in his 4 2/3 innings. He allowed four hits, four runs, three earned, three walks and three strikeouts.

Wednesday nights scheduled starters are C.C. Sabathia (0-0) and Jake Arrieta (1-0).

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