Orioles, Cardinals get even

THE Baltimore Orioles used their tried and tested winning formula this season to even their AL division series against the New York Yankees on Monday night (Tuesday morning in Manila).

They kept their nose in front and let their magnificent bullpen wrapped up a 3-2 victory. The Orioles, playing in the playoffs for the first time in 15 years, finished 29-9 in one-run games during the regular season and 74-0 when leading after seven innings.

The St. Louis Cardinals also tied their series against the Washington Nationals in the NL division following a 12-4 rout in Game 2.

Baltimore rookie Wei-Yin Chen also did a spectacular job, outpitching New York veteran Andy Pettitte to take the win.

Major league saves leader Jim Johnson, roughed up for five runs in a Game 1 loss, came back to pitch a perfect ninth to close it out.

Chris Davis drove in two runs for the wild-card Orioles en route to a 3-2 victory.

The rest of the best-of-five series is at Yankee Stadium, beginning with Game 3 on Wednesday night. Hiroki Kuroda will start for AL East champion New York against rookie Miguel Gonzalez, who was 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in two starts in the Bronx this season, striking out 17 and walking only one in 13 2-3 innings.

Baltimore won all three series at Yankee Stadium this year.

Chen gave up two runs, one earned, and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings. The Taiwan native, who pitched previously in Japan, was 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA in four outings against New York this season, including two in September in which he yielded a total of 11 runs over 11 1-3 innings. Noli Cruz


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