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Yankees lose sleep and game

Series against Orioles plagued by rainstorms

Associated Press / September 8, 2011

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Doused for two days in the Bronx, the Yankees and Orioles headed down to Baltimore with a couple of things awaiting them.

One, a good night’s sleep.

Two, a 60 percent chance of rain.

Mark Reynolds hit a tie-breaking single in the 11th inning after striking out four times and the Orioles outlasted New York, 5-4, yesterday at Yankee Stadium in another soggy game between two sleep-deprived teams.

“It’s been a struggle for us all year. Any win down the stretch is kind of icing on the cake for us,’’ Reynolds said.

Less than 11 hours after the Yankees completed a rain-delayed 5-3 victory, the teams were back at it. The showers returned, too, though the game started on time and was never interrupted other than when the grounds crew needed to apply diamond dust to dry a soaked infield.

With few options for a makeup date, they waited out a rain delay of 4 hours 3 minutes Tuesday night to play a game that ended at 2:15 a.m. Yankees players rushed home while the Orioles zipped back to their hotel to get a few precious hours of shut-eye before heading back to the ballpark yesterday morning for the 1:05 p.m. start.

The Orioles used eight pitchers, the Yankees six. The teams meet again in Baltimore today at 1:05 p.m. - weather permitting - for the makeup of an Aug. 27 rainout caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

Tigers 8, Indians 6 - Justin Verlander won his 10th straight start and improved to 22-5, helped when Victor Martinez hit a late grand slam that sent visiting Detroit to victory and dropped Cleveland 9 1/2 games back in the AL Central.

Phillies 3, Braves 2 - Pinch hitter Ross Gload hit an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth as host Philadelphia completed a three-game sweep of Atlanta and extended its lead to 10 1/2 games in the NL East.

It may be a costly win for the Phillies because five-time All-Star Chase Utley left the game for precautionary reasons for a possible concussion, two innings after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Eric O’Flaherty.

Athletics 7, Royals 0 - Guillermo Moscoso (8-8) held Kansas City hitless until Salvador Perez singled with two outs in the eighth inning as host Oakland cruised to victory.

Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 3 - Joe Saunders (10-12) tossed six solid innings, Justin Upton and Miguel Montero homered, and visiting Arizona won for the 13th time in 15 games to push its lead in the NL West to seven games over San Francisco.

Padres 3, Giants 1 - Aaron Harang threw seven innings and Cameron Maybin had two hits and an RBI to lift host San Diego.

Rays 5, Rangers 4 - In St. Petersburg, Fla., Desmond Jennings homered on the first pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning as Tampa Bay posted its 1,000th victory in team history. The Rays have lost 1,245.

Angels 3, Mariners 1 - Maicer Izturis hit a two-run double in the eighth inning, rewarding Jerome Williams for pitching eight innings of one-hit ball in host Los Angeles’s win. The Angels trimmed the Rangers’ AL West lead to 2 1/2 games with a dramatic rally for its 10th win in 12 home games.

Mets 1, Marlins 0 - R.A. Dickey (8-11) made an early run stand up, blanking Florida for seven innings and pitching visiting New York to victory.

Pirates 5, Astros 4 - Andrew McCutchen homered twice to power host Pittsburgh.

Cubs 6, Reds 3 - Carlos Pena hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning to send host Chicago to victory.

Twins 5, White Sox 4 - Danny Valencia’s two-run single snapped Minnesota’s 20-inning scoreless streak as the host Twins avoided a sweep.

Cardinals 2, Brewers 0 - Chris Carpenter pitched a four-hitter to record his first shutout in two years and Rafael Furcal hit a solo home run to lift host St. Louis.

The game between the Dodgers and Nationals in Washington was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader today beginning at 1:05 p.m.

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