Baltimore’s bullpen again came through. With one runner on after the Yankees had scored in the seventh, right-hander Darren O’Day struck out Rodriguez for the second out and, after lefty Brian Matusz intentionally walked Cano, Matusz got Nick Swisher to fly out to left field.
After giving up a single to Mark Teixeira to lead off the eighth, Matusz retired the next three hitters, two by strikeout. In the ninth, closer Jim Johnson, who allowed five runs in the ninth of a 7-2 loss in Game 1 on Sunday night, retired Jeter, Suzuki and Rodriguez in order, with a crowd-rousing strikeout of Rodriguez on a sinker to end the game.
“Obviously, when you have an outing like I had the night before, you want the ball right away,” said Johnson, who led the major leagues with 51 saves. “It’s one of those things where you want to redeem yourself right away.”
The Orioles are now 76-0 in games they’ve led after the seventh inning.
Pettitte retired the first eight Baltimore batters, but Chris Davis delivered a two-run single to right-center in the third. The Orioles tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth when Wieters led off with a double and scored on the next pitch when Reynolds singled past second baseman Cano. That made it 3-1.
Pettitte gave up seven hits in seven-plus innings, with five strikeouts and one walk.
Another Baltimore rookie, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, will make his postseason debut Wednesday in New York. He won both of his starts there this season. The Orioles went 6-3 at Yankee Stadium, their most wins there since 1976.
“We know it’s a tough task ahead of us, but you like the mathematics of it after tonight,” Showalter said. “At least you’re one step closer.”