14 Oct 2012

Yankees beat Orioles, Cardinals stun Nationals

9:09 am on 14 October 2012

The New York Yankees Major League Baseball team, spurred by the powerful pitching of CC Sabathia, beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 to win their division series 3-2 and advance to the American League Championship Series.

Sabathia, who also won the opener in the best-of-five series, gave up four hits and struck out nine in his complete-game victory.

The victory lifted the Yankees into a best-of-seven playoff against the Detroit Tigers, who will start the series in the Bronx on Saturday to determine the American League's representative in the World Series.

The St. Louis Cardinals erased a six-run deficit and scored four runs in the ninth inning to stun the Washington Nationals 9-7 and advance to the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants.

Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma each had two-out, two-run singles in the ninth for the Cardinals to silence the record Nationals Park crowd of 45,966 and win the best-of-five N.L. Division Series 3-2.