The Yankees have been especially good at winning the games they’ve had a chance to win. They’ve rarely let games slip away, and rarely squandered opportunities. They nearly did both tonight, which made a 6-4 win against Baltimore all the more thrilling. Travis Hafner tied the game with a solo home run in the ninth before a two-run 10th inning gave the Yankees a wild win in their series opener at Camden Yards. The Yankees are now 19-0 when scoring first and 28-2 when leading at any point in any game this season. In the first nine innings, the Yankees had only five hits, but four were solo home runs. Robinson Cano hit his 13th of the year — first in the American League to reach 13 this season — David Adams hit the first of his career, Lyle Overbay hit his first against a lefty this season, and Hafner had his dramatic game-tying shot in the ninth. Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells each doubled in the deciding 10th. CC Sabathia allowed four runs on 11 hits through 6.1 innings, but the bullpen delivered 3.2 scoreless, ending with Mariano Rivera’s 17th save.
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