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NYY@BAL: Ibanez rips a go-ahead double in the 12th

BALTIMORE -- Raul Ibanez provided the Yankees with the big hit that they'd been searching for all night, delivering a go-ahead ground-rule double that powered a 5-4 victory over the Orioles in 12 innings on Tuesday at Camden Yards.

New York had been a frustrating 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position before Ibanez continued to earn his pinstripes with a deep drive to right-center field off Pedro Strop, scoring Robinson Cano following a leadoff double.

"These guys have always made me feel like I belong and I'm part of the team," said Ibanez, who entered the game as an eighth-inning pinch-hitter. "I'm just trying to do anything I can to help. It's all about winning baseball games, and today we were able to do that."

After the Yankees got 2 1/3 innings of terrific relief from both rookie David Phelps and Cory Wade, Mariano Rivera set Baltimore down in the home half of the 12th to secure a win in the Bombers' first extra-innings game of the season. Clay Rapada recorded two outs in the 11th to pick up the win.

"With our offense, we're never really out of the game," Phelps said. "We just tried to put up as many zeroes as we can to give them a chance to get back into it. We did a good job of that tonight."

The Yankees had plenty of chances to move a go-ahead run across earlier, including Nick Swisher being cut down trying to score in the seventh on a great J.J. Hardy relay throw, but offensive woes weren't the only issues.

Unable to harness his vital split-finger pitch, Freddy Garcia had a night to forget in his season debut, tossing a career-high five wild pitches -- one more than he had all of last season.

"I couldn't throw the split, and that's my No. 1 pitch," Garcia said. "I couldn't get a grip. I tried a different grip, but that's a pitch you want to hit your spots when you need to."

Garcia uncorked two wild pitches to let Nick Markakis score in the first inning, a frame that included Hardy's solo homer. Garcia threw two more wild pitches in the fourth, and another in the fifth permitted Robert Andino to score.

"I didn't make good pitches tonight," Garcia said. "I was all over the place."

The veteran became the first Major League pitcher to throw five wild pitches in a single game since the Phillies' Ken Howell did it on April 5, 1989, at Wrigley Field, facing a Cubs lineup that included Yankees manager Joe Girardi in his second big league game.

"At least I wasn't catching [Howell], so they couldn't blame me," Girardi quipped.

Baltimore also scored off Garcia in the fourth on a missed catch error by Russell Martin on a groundout to first base, as Adam Jones slid home safely. Garcia allowed just four hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out three. He also hit a batter.

"Freddy was actually pretty good, considering he didn't have his split tonight," Girardi said. "He really battled, but I thought our bullpen was tremendous."

Making his Major League debut for Baltimore, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen carried a lead into the sixth inning before settling for a no-decision.

Derek Jeter led off the game with a homer -- the 25th of his career, moving him past Rickey Henderson for the lead on the Yankees' all-time list -- but Chen settled in and retired 12 straight through one stretch.

The Yankees took some good swings off Chen, who served up several deep fly balls, but the ballpark dimensions largely held the drives to keep the 26-year-old product of Taiwan in the game.

"He pitched well, especially after the way things started," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I thought he got better as the game went on -- [they're] obviously a very potent lineup. He really presented himself real well. He handled himself well. That was good."

New York tied the game with three runs in the sixth. Andruw Jones lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, Mark Reynolds booted a Martin grounder and Brett Gardner laced an RBI single that brought Showalter out of the dugout.

Chen permitted four runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits while walking one and striking out six. With Rafael Soriano unavailable due to a split fingernail, Phelps ran his big league career to three perfect innings and Wade also was leaned upon for 42 pitches of strong relief.

"As a team, we battled back and stayed after it," Ibanez said. "Our bullpen did a phenomenal job. It was a collaborative effort; it was great." Comments