The Yankees were two outs away from a crushing loss. Now they’re one win away from a trip to the ALCS. Raul Ibanez gave the Yankees a wild — and at times, unlikely — 3-2 win against the Orioles in Game 3 of this divisoin series. Ibanez pinch hit for Alex Rodriguez in the ninth and delivered the game-tying, solo homer, then Ibanez hit a first-pitch homer to win it in the 12th. The win left the Yankees needing just one more win to take the series and advance. Dave Robertson got the win after pitching two scoreless innings for the first time this year. Before the ninth, the scene was bleak. The surprise of the Orioles rotation, Miguel Gonzalez, was on the verge of beating the Yankees yet again, allowing one run through seven innings, striking out eight and walking none. He was more or less matched by Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda, who gave the Yankees another terrific start at home, allowing just two runs on five hits through 8.1 innings. Kuroda’s problem was a pair of home runs, both solo shots, by the bottom of the Orioles order. No. 8 hitter Ryan Flaherty went deep in the third and No. 9 hitter Manny Machado homered in the fifth, that was enough to put the Yankees on the verge of serious trouble because, before the ninth inning, Derek Jeter’s RBI triple had driven in their only run and the offense looked lifeless. Ibanez brought them back from the dead.
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