Yankees 8, Orioles 5: Staying alive

stayin-alive I can admit that I didn't have high hopes going into this one, right? It's not hard to understand why I'd feel this way because CC Sabathia has been struggling this season, he struggled in his last start and well, he wasn't great tonight either but luckily for him and for us, his offense bailed him out with a five-run fifth inning.

So the game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Chris Davis hit an RBI single to put the O's up 1-0. The Yankees came right back in the bottom of the frame and went ahead 2-1 thanks to a two-run home run by Alfonso Soriano.

Of course, because nothing is easy, the Orioles came right back in the top of the fifth and scored three runs to go ahead 4-2. Danny Valencia hit a two-run shot and Manny Machado hit an RBI single.

In the bottom of the fifth, Curtis Granderson led the inning off with a double which was immediately followed by an RBI double by Mark Reynolds which cut Baltimore's lead to 4-3. The next batter, Ichiro Suzuki, wasted no time when he sent Miguel Gonzalez's first pitch of the at bat into right field to put the Yankees up 5-4.

After a visit to the mound, Austin Romine hit a double then Brett Gardner hit a single to move Romine to third and Derek Jeter walked to load the bases with no outs.

T.J. McFarland came in to replace Gonzalez and Robinson Cano greeted him with two-run single to put the Yankees up 7-4. Alfonso Soriano grounded into a force out which moved Jeter to third, caused Cano to be out at second and Soriano to make it to first. Alex Rodriguez ended the inning on a double play.

Adam Jones rudely opened the sixth with a double but Sabathia was able to get Davis to pop out to A-Rod and also induce a ground ball out from J.J. Hardy but then failed to get the third out of the inning after he surrendered an RBI single to Nick Markakis. Joe Girardi, who had a short leash tonight, pulled Sabathia after 86 pitches and called upon Shawn Kelley to get the third out. He didn't right away but after a single to Valencia that only advanced Markakis to third, Alexi Casilla grounded out to end the inning.

The Yankees added an insurance run in the seventh inning thanks to an RBI single by A-Rod.

Kelley, Boone Logan, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera combined for 3.3 innings of shutout ball and Rivera picked up his 39th save of the season.

Sabathia picked up his 12th win of the season, thanks to his offense and his ERA for the season is now sitting at 4.91. Yikes.

The Yankees are now 71-63, a half game behind both Baltimore and Cleveland (71-62) in the Wild Card standings with less than 30 games to go. This last month is going to be intense if the Yankees can keep on winning. This game was a good start, let's hope Ivan Nova can keep his good pitching streak going.