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Yankees Score 5 In 9th To Top Orioles In Game 1

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 07: Nate McLouth #9 of the Baltimore Orioles climbs the wall as he can't make a play on a solo home run ball hit by Russell Martin #55 of the New York Yankees in the top of the ninth inning during Game One of the American League Division Series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 7, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Baltimore, MD (WIBX) – C.C. Sabathia kept the Yankees in it until the offense finally came alive in a five-run ninth inning as New York takes the first game of their League Division Playoff Series with the Orioles, 7-2.

Russell Martin sparked the rally with a solo-homer to lead off the ninth putting New York ahead 3-2. Ichiro Suzuki added an RBI single, his second of the night then Robinson Cano delivered a two-run double. Cano also came around to score on Nick Swisher’s sacrifice fly, with all five runs (four earned) getting charged to O’s closer Jim Johnson (0-1).

Sabathia (1-0) struck out seven over an impressive 8 2/3 innings, yielding two runs on eight hits and a walk.

David Robertson got the final out, a strike out of Ryan Flaherty.

Baltimore’s Jason Hammel gave up two runs on four hits and four walks through 5 2/3 innings, and did not factor in the decision.

Suzuki got the bombers on the board in the first with an RBI-double to drive in Derek Jeter.

Nate McClouth gave the O’s the lead with a two-run single in in the third, before Mark Teixeira tied the game 2-2 in the fourth with an RBI-single off the wall in right field. Teixeira, who missed a three-run homer by about two feet, was thrown out trying to reach second.

Game 2: Monday night in Baltimore, 8:07 p.m. – Andy Pettitte vs. Wei-Yin Chen

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