Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/2/13
Can one big inning turn the Orioles around? After losing four of five in Boston and New York the Orioles were angry and desperate for a win. After 18 straight scoreless innings they provided some excitement with a seven-run seventh inning equaling their largest of the season. The big inning featuring three-run home runs by J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones sent to the Orioles to Cleveland with a 7-3 win over the New York Yankees before 40361 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. “I think it’s a little frustration there. They didn’t want it to end” manager Buck Showalter said. "We've got [Justin] Masterson tomorrow. You think we'll be relaxed and confident? That's why people are playing meaningful games this time of the year because they've got good pitchers you're going to see every day. Scoring seven runs in one inning on Sept. 1 we hope it bodes well for a good September because we're going to need it. It's a good way to start the month." The win allowed the Orioles (72-63) to pass New York (72-64) for third place in the American League East. The Yankees scored three runs off Wei-Yin Chen who was lifted after four innings. Chen who had a string of eight straight starts of at least six innings snapped on Tuesday when Boston battered him for eight runs in 3 2/3 innings was not very good. Chen walked a career high five batters including two in the first when he escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out Vernon Wells. In the third Brett Gardner doubled to lead off and scored on Alfonso Soriano’s two-out single. Chen walked three more in the fourth. Mark Reynolds walked with one out. Eduardo Nunez singled and Chris Stewart walked to load the bases. Gardner’s walk scored Reynolds and Nunez came in on Derek Jeter’s sacrifice fly to right. Chen gave up four hits on three runs and struck out five. “Sometimes the strike zone was a little small today” Chen said through his interpreter. In the seventh Andy Pettitte who had allowed just three singles in the first six innings as the Orioles extended their scoreless streak to 18 innings gave up two more to start the inning.
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