The New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles in the American League play-off series thanks to two home runs by Raul Ibanez
Last Updated: 11/10/12 9:18am
New York's Raul Ibanez hit the game-winner in the 12th inning having earlier tied the game with a homer to lead the New York Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Ibanez's heroics ensured New York took a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five American League division series - his first coming with the Yankees trailing in the ninth and two outs from defeat.
"It's a great experience," he said. "We stayed after it. We did it as a team. It's about team and it's about winning."
In the 12th, Ibanez blasted the ball over the right-field wall to send his team-mates dancing out of the dugout.
"I was looking for a good pitch to hit, trying to hit it hard, not trying to do too much. Fortunately for us I got a good pitch up and got a good swing on it," he added.
The Yankees had been 0-58 when trailing after eight innings since the season began six months ago, but have twice rallied from such a hole in October, this time snapping a run of 16 extra-innings victories in a row for the Orioles.
Meanwhile, it was Coco Crisp who was the hero for the second night in a row as the Oakland Athletics kept their season alive with a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.
At 2-1 down in the five-game American League Divisional Series and 3-1 down heading into the ninth inning, Oakland were just three outs away from elimination.
Josh Reddick singled off Tigers closer Jose Valverde, Josh Donaldson doubled and Seth Smith followed suit to tie the game up at 3-3.
Valverde then secured two quick outs yet, with the game seemingly headed to extras, Crisp, who in Tuesday's victory scored and made a spectacular catch, singled to drive home Smith and win the game for the A's.
For the decider, Oakland will have homefield advantage again.
Elsewhere, and Angel Pagan hit a lead-off home run and Tim Lincecum earned the win in relief as the San Francisco Giants guaranteed their National League Divisional Series with the Cincinnati Redswould go to game five with an 8-3 win.
Pablo Sandoval and Gregor Blanco also homered for the Giants, who got 4 1/3 innings of one-run relief out of Lincecum after starter Barry Zito had struggled.