Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Baltimore Orioles 3, New York Yankees 2

BALTIMORE — Rookie Wei-Yin Chen outpitched 40-year-old Andy Pettitte, and the Orioles beat the Yankees 3-2 Monday night to even their AL Division Series at one game.

Chris Davis drove in two runs for the Orioles, who used the same formula that got them into the postseason for the first time in 15 years: a magnificent bullpen and an ability to win tight games. Baltimore was 29-9 in one-run decisions during the regular season and 74-0 when leading after seven innings.

Major-league saves leader Jim Johnson, roughed up for five runs in a Game 1 loss, pitched a perfect ninth to close it out.

Chen, a Taiwan native who pitched previously in Japan, was 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA in four outings against New York this season, including two in September in which he yielded a total of 11 runs over 111/3 innings.

He left with a 3-2 lead, and the bullpen made it stand. Johnson retired Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki on grounders and struck out Alex Rodriguez to a rousing ovation at Camden Yards.

Much earlier, Ichiro's deft dancing at the plate put the Yankees ahead.

Pettitte, whose 19 wins and 43 starts are the most in postseason history, pitched effectively into the seventh but got little offensive backing. New York stranded 10 and went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

After Davis hit a two-run single to put Baltimore up 2-1 in the third inning, Matt Wieters led off the sixth with a double and scored on Mark Reynolds' single to make it 3-1.

New York came right back in the seventh. Eduardo Nunez got a double when Davis couldn't catch his blooper to right, and Jeter followed with an RBI single. After Ichiro hit into a fielder's choice, Darren O'Day replaced Chen and struck out Rodriguez as Ichiro stole second. Brian Matusz came in and issued an intentional walk to Robinson Cano to set up a matchup with Nick Swisher.

Swisher was 1-for-18 lifetime against Matusz and had one hit in his past 32 postseason at-bats with runners in scoring position. A wild pitch moved up the runners, but the percentages held up as Swisher hit a routine fly to left.

The Yankees used Ichiro's nifty footwork to take a 1-0 first-inning lead, and it had nothing to do with his speed.

Jeter led off the game with a single and Ichiro reached when Reynolds fumbled a bare-hand pickup at first base for an error.

Rodriguez hit a low line drive at second baseman Robert Andino, who caught it and doubled up Jeter. Cano followed with a drive to the base of the rightfield wall for a double. The relay from Davis to Andino to Wieters beat Ichiro to the plate by plenty, but he dodged the tag coming toward home.

He then circled around the batter's box, juked around the catcher's desperate lunge and touched the plate an instant before Wieters' glove found its mark.

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