By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Baltimore Orioles staved off postseason elimination with a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees after 13 innings on Thursday to force a deciding Game Five in their American League Division Series.
Baltimore's 20-year-old rookie Manny Machado sliced a liner over the head of second baseman Robinson Cano for a double to lead off the 13th, and one out later came home on a booming double by J.J. Hardy for the game-winning run.
The Yankees went down in order in their half of the 13th with Orioles' reliever Jim Johnson getting Eric Chavez, pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez, to line out to Machado to end the four-and-a-half hour game.
The victory by Baltimore, playing in the postseason for the first time in 15 years, tied the ALDS at 2-2 and set up a Game Five at Yankee Stadium on Friday with the Orioles expected to start Jason Hammel against New York's CC Sabathia.
The winner of Friday's game will advance to the best-of-seven American League Championship Series against either the Detroit Tigers or the Oakland Athletics with a berth in the World Series at stake.
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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