It took 13 innings, but the O's forced a Game 5 winner-take-all showdown in the Bronx after a thrilling 2-1 win on Thursday night.
Nate McLouth put the Birds on the board with a solo homer in the fifth inning, and continues to be the offensive spark of the club in this series. The Yankees tied it up in the sixth, and neither team scored again until J.J. Hardy's RBI double plated Manny Machado in the 13th.
Joe Saunders went 5 2/3 innings, allowing just a run on three hits and four walks. The 'pen was outstanding...Tommy Hunter, Luis Ayala and even Pedro Strop made scoreless appearances...Strop was credited with the win and Jim Johnson shut the door for his second save of the series.
So this is it...is there any magic left? The Birds and Yankees go at it Friday night for one last time this season. The winner will face the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS. The loser will wonder what could have been...