One game will decide it. The Yankees had no late-inning magic tonight, and the Orioles forced a decisive Game 5 with a 2-1 win tonight at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees bullpen had pitched 5.2 scoreless innings before David Phelps — brought in only after Joba Chamberlain was hit in the elbow by a broken bat — gave up J.J. Hardy’s go-ahead double to the wal l in the top of the 13th. The heart of the Yankees lineup went down in order in the bottom of the 13th, with Eric Chavez pinch hitting for Alex Rodriguez for the final out of the night. The series will be decided tomorrow night, with the winner advancing to the ALCS for Game 1 on Saturday. Yankees starter Phil Hughes left to a standing ovation after allowing one run through 6.1 innings. He struck out eight and allowed his only run on a solo homer by leadoff hitter Nate McLouth, the only Orioles batter to have much real success against Hughes. The Yankees tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Derek Jeter led off with a double, went to third on a sac bunt and scored on Robinson Cano’s groundball to second.
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