Heading to ninth, O's still cling to 2-1 lead

Miguel Gonzalez did his part, limiting the Yankees to just one run in seven innings.

In the eighth, Darren O'Day did his part, retiring the three Yankees he faced -- Russell Martin, Eric Chavez, and Derek Jeter -- in order.

Now we're on to the ninth, and an insurance run or two seems like too much to ask from these underdog Orioles. Destiny almost seems to demand that they go down meekly in their last ups, leaving Jim Johnson -- who led the major leagues this season with 51 saves -- to protect a one-run lead while pitching against Ichiro Suzuki, Alex Rodriguez, and Robinson Cano.

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