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ALDS: Baltimore Orioles force deciding Game 5 vs. New York Yankees

NEW YORK — J.J. Hardy hit an RBI double in the 13th inning and the Orioles bounced back from a demoralizing loss to outlast the Yankees 2-1 Thursday night, forcing a deciding Game 5 in the AL Division Series.

Jim Johnson, victimized just a night earlier by Raul Ibanez's homer in the ninth, got the save.

After splitting 22 games this season, it all comes down to a winner-take-all game for a spot in the American League Championship Series.

Game 1 winner CC Sabathia is set to pitch today's deciding game for the Yankees. Orioles manager Buck Showalter had not announced his starter.

Eric Chavez, pinch-hitting for the struggling Alex Rodriguez, lined out to end the game shortly after midnight.

The Orioles were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position until Hardy doubled off David Phelps with one out to score Manny Machado.

Baltimore's bullpen escaped an eighth-inning jam as Rodriguez struck out again, and Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain was knocked out by Matt Wieters' broken bat as the game headed late into the night.

Baltimore's Nate McLouth homered in the fifth and made a leaping catch against the leftfield wall to save a run in the bottom half. The Yankees' Robinson Cano hit an RBI groundout in the sixth to tie the score.

New York had a runner on in each of the first eight innings and threatened to take the lead in the eighth. Singles by Ichiro Suzuki and Mark Teixeira off Luis Ayala put two on with no outs, and Cano's grounder to second against Brian Matusz advanced the runners. Right-hander Darren O'Day relieved and struck out Rodriguez on four pitches. Nick Swisher flied weakly to right.

Both bullpens pitched scoreless ball, with Baltimore allowing three hits over 6? scoreless innings and the Yankees giving up two hits over 4? innings.

Wieters led off the 12th with a single to left. A piece of the bat hit Chamberlain's pitching elbow. Phelps then retired three in a row.

ALDS: Baltimore Orioles force deciding Game 5 vs. New York Yankees 10/12/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 8:11am]
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