The O's managed a series split with the Yankees after a 5-2 win over New York on Tuesday night.
Starter Wei-Yin Chen improved to 4-0 on the season and exited in the eighth to a standing ovation after shutting down a potent Yankee lineup. Chen went seven innings, allowing just two runs on four hits and two walks, striking out four. The runs came off a bomb from Curtis Granderson, which barely cleared the fence. A Yankee fan reached out and caught the ball, but as happened once before, there was no fan interference called.
Pedro Strop walked two in the eighth but got out of the inning, and Jim Johnson picked up his 12th save in as many attempts this season. The O's turned three double plays, two in the final two frames.
Adam Jones started the scoring with a solo homer in the second inning, his eleventh of the season. J.J. Hardy continued to punish the ball, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
The O's have finally finished the grueling 15-game series that began with series in New York and Boston, and concluded with home games against Texas, Tampa and the Yankees again. The so-called experts said the Birds would come down to earth after this stretch. Skeptics that wanted to believe pointed to this as the make-it-or-break-it point of the season. The O's came out of it winning 9 of 16 and remain in a first-place tie with the Rays.
Tommy Hunter takes the mound on Wednesday night as the Birds begin a five-game roadtrip, beginning with two games in Kansas City.