Those were not white flags of surrender waving through Camden Yards tonight. The Orioles did not fade away, they pulled even with a 3-2 win against the Yankees in Game 2 of this division series. The inexperienced O’s beat baseball’s winningest postseason pitcher, with Andy Pettitte taking the loss after allowing three runs through seven innings. The series now shifts to New York for the final three games. Ichiro Suzuki’s leaping, spinning, tag-avoiding play at the plate gave the Yankees a first-inning lead, but the Orioles pulled back in front with a two-out, two-run rally in the third. Pettitte hadn’t allowed a baserunner up to that point, but he suddenly let five in a row reach that inning, and the Orioles pushed the lead to 3-1 on Mark Reynolds’ RBI single in the sixth. The Yankese began to come back with Eduardo Nunez’s hustle double and Derek Jeter’s RBI single in the seventh, but Alex Rodriguez struck out and Nick Swisher flied out to leave the tying run stranded at third. The Yankees stranded 10, once against missing out on key scoring opportunities.
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