Close call caps crazy night in Orioles' 5-4 win over Yankees

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira ripped the umpiring about the game's final out, saying first-base umpire Jerry Meals missed a call that would have tied the game.

  • Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds stretches to get the final out in the top of the ninth inning as the New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira slides.
Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds stretches to get the final… (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore…)
September 09, 2012|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles' 5-4 win over the Yankees Saturday night had its share of controversy until the final out.

While the story of the night was the loss of right fielder Nick Markakis for the rest of the regular season -- at least six weeks -- with a broken left thumb, the Orioles bullpen made the game exciting to the end.

Leading 5-3, closer Jim Johnson allowed three singles to open the inning, with Derek Jeter's bunt single loading the bases. He got Nick Swisher to hit a ground ball to short, but the Orioles couldn't turn a double-play, allowing one run to score. 

Johnson then fell behind 2-0 to Severna Park native Mark Teixeira, playing his first game off the DL after missing 10 games with a strained left calf. Johnson battled back to work the count to 2-2 before Teixeira hit a slow grounder to second.

Second baseman Robert Andino gloved the ball and tossed it to J.J. Hardy at second for the first out. Hardy threw to first, where first-base umpire Jerry Meals called Teixeira, who slid head-first into the base, out to end the game.

Had Teixeira been called safe, the game-tying run would have scored.

After the game, Teixeira ripped the umpiring. Teixeira also argued a strike-three call in the eighth.

"Sometimes you wonder if the umpires are just trying to get out of there," Teixeira said to Yankees reporters after the game. "They don't want you to make a comeback. They want to go home because those were terrible calls. It is what it is. We are out there fighting. I'm out there playing on one leg. I wish it had gone my way."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi also said Meals missed the call. The MASN broadcast didn't show a replay of the final out, and crew chief Mike Winters called the replay inconclusive. 

“We looked at a replay," Winters told the New York Daily News. "The replay we had, honestly, was not a very good angle and inconclusive. That was just a very, very close play. Until I see a definite replay, I really can’t give you any more than that. ... We saw a replay and from where I’m sitting, it’s inconclusive. It’s very close. That’s a very close play.”

Teixeira said he will probably be fined for his statement.

"But I don't care, really," he said. "I'm out there fighting. We are out there fighting. When you are battling like we are battling and they can't get a call right, that pisses you off. It really does."

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