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October 9, 2012

Baltimore evens series with Yankees

BALTIMORE — The New York Yankees now must grudgingly acknowledge that these aren't the same Baltimore Orioles they used to knock around with merciless ease.

Rookie Wie-Yin Chen outpitched 40-year-old Andy Pettitte , and the resilient Orioles beat the Yankees 3-2 Monday night to even their best-of-five AL playoff series at a game apiece.

Game 3 will be held Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Baltimore fell apart in the ninth inning of the opener Sunday, allowing five runs in a 7-2 defeat. Instead of wilting under the pressure of having to come from behind against the mighty Yankees on Monday, the Orioles stood strong.

"I think that's been big for us all year, the fact that we've been able to put our losses and obviously our low points behind us, really learn from them and bounce back," said right fielder Chris Davis , who had two RBIs.

Before this year, the Orioles endured 14 straight losing seasons and were 79-140 against the Yankees over that span. But during this wildly successful comeback season, Baltimore has thus far split 20 games with New York.

"They have a good team," Yankees captain Derek Jeter conceded.

"It seemed like Baltimore and us have kind of gone back and forth all year and that's what we did here," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Baltimore's turnaround from Game 1 was typified by the performance of closer Jim Johnson , who yielded all five of those ninth-inning runs on Sunday before finishing Monday's game with a 1-2-3 ninth.

"(Sunday) night was just a hiccup," Baltimore first baseman Mark Reynolds said. "He obviously showed what he was capable of tonight."

Afterward, Orioles owner Peter Angelos made a rare appearance, shaking hands with virtually every player he came across in the clubhouse.

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