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BAL@NYY: Reynolds plates go-ahead run with single

NEW YORK -- Orioles infielder Mark Reynolds, who was already wearing the golden sombrero of four strikeouts, picked a good time to finally make contact on Wednesday.

With the memories of Tuesday's game -- which didn't conclude until after 2 a.m. ET Wednesday -- still fresh and a steady sheet of rain continuing for most of the afternoon, Reynolds' two-out RBI single in the 11th ensured the New York faithful wouldn't need their brooms.

With the score tied at 4, Reynolds dropped a ball into left-center field off Yankee reliever Hector Noesi, scoring Matt Angle to give Baltimore a 5-4 win and capping an exhausting three-day set that was hampered by inclement weather.

"It was a tough day, but those at-bats are all behind me," said Reynolds, who watched as Noesi intentionally walked Nick Markakis to get to him. "I just went up there and tried to get a pitch over the plate that I could handle and stay on top of it, because the ball wasn't really traveling today to hit a home run."

The punched single was all the Orioles needed to christen a victory in front of a crowd of 40,104 at Yankee Stadium, marking just their sixth win in their past 31 games in the Bronx. It was also a badly needed boost of morale for the train ride back to Baltimore, where the O's will host the Yankees in Thursday afternoon's makeup game. Bad weather has already forced four postponements between the two teams.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter praised his team's effort over the brutal 24-hour stretch.

"I want our guys to get a return," Showalter said. "There was no [complaining]. ... The respect you have for your players -- I don't hide the fact that I love players, I love baseball players that compete and get after it, and this is one of the reasons you like being around them. You kind of live through their efforts.

"You like to see them get off the mat and get something in return for it today. That will make the ride a little better."

Reynolds' go-ahead RBI also ensured that a valiant effort by the Orioles' bullpen held up. The club used seven hurlers to follow rookie starter Zach Britton, keeping the Yankees' offense entirely off the board over six frames after the left-hander allowed four runs in five innings.

"They did a great job," said Britton. "Especially with the tight game and everything going on with the weather and whatnot, for them to go out there and put up zeroes all the way through, we kind of scraped it together. I thought it was big."

Every reliever had a hand in making Wednesday's win possible, with Jim Johnson wriggling free after allowing runners to reach the corners to pick up his third save of the season.

Pedro Strop, claimed off waivers last week to complete the trade with the Rangers for Michael Gonzalez, threw 1 1/3 innings. Kevin Gregg tossed a perfect eighth inning and exited in favor of lefty specialist Clay Rapada following a leadoff single in the ninth. After sending down Robinson Cano on strikes, Rapada got Curtis Granderson to pop up before exiting. Strop came on and got Eduardo Nunez to ground out to end regulation.

"It's been a struggle for us all year," Reynolds said. "Any win down the stretch is kind of icing on the cake for us. We're working our butts off, and we're going to try to go out and win every game down the stretch and make it tough on some of these teams trying to get to the playoffs."

The Orioles put the leadoff man on base six times in the first seven innings, with Robert Andino's single finally chasing Yankees starter A.J. Burnett. But Aaron Laffey and Luis Ayala combined to retire the heart of Baltimore's order and end the threat. The Orioles scored four runs in the first three innings, but they were unable to mount anything significant off Burnett despite ample opportunities between the fourth and seventh. Reimold's two-run homer in the third was the only multirun frame, as the O's went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position in that stretch, stranding seven men on base.

"He did a pretty good job of not allowing a lot of hits," Yankees manager Joe Giardi said. "It's just the mistakes that were made."

The two clubs combined for six errors, although backup shortstop Eduardo Nunez -- who committed two -- had the most glaring one in allowing Angle to reach to start the 11th. After the speedy Angle stole second and Noesi walked Markakis, Reynolds made the move pay off for the Orioles, who were finally able to capitalize in the right spot.

"Oh, it was disgusting," Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said of the field's conditions. "It was as sloppy as it gets, but you expect that with those kinds of conditions. It was terrible, as bad as I've ever seen, but both teams were playing in the same conditions. You don't worry about mistakes or errors. You've got to go out and keep grinding and expect that in a game like this, there are going to be numerous mistakes. They made less than we did." Comments