Orioles top Yankees 2-1 Recap

July 07, 2013 | Nick Dorsey

It had been a tough weekend for the Baltimore Orioles in their trip to New York to play a series versus the big AL East rival Yankees. Losing two straight one run games and with a blown save by Jim Johnson in the opener on Friday night. It was just about to be three straight losses, until all star Adam Jones saved the day for the Orioles. Down one run in the top of the 9th inning, Jones hit a two run homer to take the lead. It was a blown save by the greatest closing pitcher of all time, Mariano Rivera. It was a shock to the Yankees and Rivera because blown saves do not usually happen to him especially in this manner. Jones’ two run homer brought Nick Markakis in for the score after he singled to the center field to give the Orioles a chance at a tie. Then it was time for the Orioles defense to bring home the victory. Jim Johnson struck out two in the ninth and got another save recorded. Johnson converted his major league leading 30th save in 36 opportunities. A good way for the Orioles to end their road trip and Johnson now having so much weight off of his shoulders with the save today. With the Orioles sweep of the Yankees in Camden Yards and this victory today, things are looking good for the Orioles heading into the All-Star break soon. The Orioles are tied for second in the AL East with the Tampa Bay Rays, but now a half game ahead of the Yankees with the victory today. Still five games back from Boston, the Orioles are still in good shape. There are a lot of baseball games over the course of the season, some are big, some memorable and some season changing. This victory today for the Orioles is memorable for Adam Jones hitting a game winning home run on relief pitcher Rivera, but this victory could potentially be a season changer.