After four and a half hour game (which included a thirty-minute rain delay), the Yankees prevailed 6-3. Mariano Rivera blew his second save of the week, giving up an RBI double to Brian Roberts in the ninth inning with the Yanks holding a 3-2 advantage. Freddy Garcia gave the Yankees another strong start, throwing six innings of scoreless ball. Curtis Granderson led the way with three hits, including a first inning home run. With the win, the Yankees improve to 12-6 on the season and head home for their next seven games.

Recap

There’s a lot to get through with this game, but let’s start with the offense and work our way down. The Yankee offense mustered ten hits today against the Birds. The top two hitters in the lineup (Derek Jeter and Granderson) accounted for seven of the ten. Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 2, but had three walks and an RBI. Brett Gardner continues to struggle as he posted an 0 for 5 game with four strikeouts. Nick Swisher wasn’t much better, going 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.

Freddy Garcia got the start for the Yankees and gave the team more than they could ask for. Garcia walked two and gave up two hits over six innings as he struck out seven. Garcia effectively changed speeds, fooling hitters. The bullpen sucked today, halting Garcia from picking up his second win of the season in as many starts. Joba gave up a two-run, seventh inning homer to Mark Reynolds. David Robertson gave up two hits in the eighth inning, but was bailed out by Mariano Rivera to close out the frame. Rafael Soriano apparently was suffering from the flu and was not available today. Holding a 3-2 team in the ninth, Rivera gave up a Brian Roberts double with two outs and runners on the corners. Swisher threw out Robert Andino at the plate, forcing the game to the tenth inning. Rivera only blew five saves last season and didn’t blow his second save until July 4th.

Worried? No. If it keeps happening, it’ll get a tiny bit concerning. Mo is human after all.

In extra innings, Jeter was thrown out at the plate on an A-Rod sac fly by Adam Jones, ending the tenth inning. Boone Logan threw a perfect tenth inning before the skies opened up. After a half hour rain delay, the Yankee bats emerged from the clouds, capitalizing on Baltimore errors and three infield hits. Russell Martin, Granderson, and Jeter all had RBI singles. Logan got the first out in the eleventh inning and Buddy Carlyle recorded the final two outs.

Key Stats

83: The temperature in Baltimore in today. It was 78 degree in South Jersey. Prime basketball jersey weather.

7: Curtis Granderson now leads the American League with seven home runs.

0.69: Garcia’s ERA in 13 innings this season.

17: A-Rod now has 17 RBIs in 15 games played.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will head home for a four-game set against the Chicago White Sox, starting tomorrow night. Game is on ESPN.

Monday, 7:00 PM, ESPN: Phil Humber (1-2, 4.42 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (3-0, 4.37 ERA)