Orioles lose lead in ninth after Ibanez hits HR



were two outs away from going up 2-1 in the

American League

Division Series against the

New York Yankees


And it got away.



Raul Ibanez

hit a 1-0, 94-mph sinker over the right field wall to tie the game at 2-2 with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

Orioles closer

Jim Johnson

had given up just three homers in 71 regular season games. Now he has yielded two in three outings against the Yankees this postseason. The first came in Sunday's ninth against

Russell Martin



Perhaps the most interesting thing is Yankees manager

Joe Girardi

, who didn't want to drop the slugging

Alex Rodriguez

from the third spot in the order, pinch-hit for him.

And the move paid off.

The Orioles headed into extra innings for the 19th time this year. They've won 16 straight. Their only two extra-inning losses were to the Yankees in April.