September 7, 2011- The game did not start until just after 11:00 pm Tuesday night in front of only about one thousand fans. The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles endured a four-hour delay by rain last night. They did not want to play a doubleheader on Wednesday so they opted to wait out the rain and play late last night. The game ended at 2:15 am Wednesday morning with the Yankees defeating the Orioles 5-3.
The Yankees were helped by two home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning that were hit back to back by Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner. Cervelli’s home run was reviewed on tape by the umpires after it was touched by a fan, but the home run stood.
The Yankee win was also the 597th save of Mariano Rivera’s career for the Yankees and marked his sixth straight save and ninth in his last ten outings. With the win, the Yankees stayed two and a half games in front of second place Boston who routed Toronto 14-0.
The Yankees and Orioles will play a 1:00 pm game on Wednesday if weather permits and them both will travel to Baltimore to play a Thursday game that was originally rained out by Hurricane Irene last week.
Following Thursday’s game, the Yankees will head to the West Coast for a series against the Angels.