Handily reliable during the regular season, Orioles lefty reliever Troy Patton walked less than two batters per nine innings. He led off the top of the seventh with consecutive walks — the first time Patton did that all season — of Russell Martin and Raul Ibañez. Showalter then pulled him for the right-handed sidearmer Darren O'Day.
Derek Jeter bunted his teammates over, but with an RBI opportunity Ichiro grounded sharply to Robert Andino, who fired it home, nailing Russell Martin for the big second out. Alex Rodriguez whiffed on O'Day's wacky fastballs for the third out, and Patton can breathe easily knowing he didn't guff this up.