The Yanks have had trouble with the O’s all year; last night was no different. Things got off to a rocky start when Baltimore put up a 3-spot against Chien-Ming Wang in the first—his second rough opening in as many tries. Don’t be too concerned; the O’s got some help from some sloppy play (incliuding a WP from Wang). Wang settled down, and with the aid of dingers from Betemit and Abreu, was poised for a win. He didn’t get it. After Joba Chamberlain, hitting the high 90s on the gun, set the O’s down 1-2-3 in the eighth (with 2 ks, both off his slider), Torre brought in Mo to close things down in the ninth. Those pesky O’s chipped and chipped, and were able to tie the game up on a single to right from Yankee-killing Brian Roberts that brought Tike Redman home just ahead of a throw from Abreu. Moments earlier, Leche had nailed Melvin Mora at the plate on a similar play to keep the Yankee lead. Melkster came up big again in the bottom of the inning after he was hit in the back with 1-out by Chad Bradford. Pinch-hitting Jason Giambi followed with a single through the shift to right, moving Melky to third, and a dribbler off Bradford’s glove from The Captain ended things happily in walk-off fashion—perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing walk-off in Jeter’s career, but we’ll take it. Meanwhile, our cut-and-run Sox contingent missed a gem from Tim Wakefield, who went 6-plus no-hit innings against the D-Rays. He is now 45-2 against Tampa, career. Elsewhere, Seattle won the Hernandez-Santana pitching duel, so the Yanks actually gained no ground with their victory. Seattle’s been rolling of late, and they face some light prey right now. Their schedule toughens up considerably down the stretch.