All birds get back to even

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Wei-Yen Chen outpiched Yankees veteran Andy Pettite on Monday, throwing 6 1/3 innings and allowing just two runs, only one of which was earned, in Baltimore’s 3-2 win.

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BALTIMORE

Rookie Wei-Yin Chen outpitched 40-year-old Andy Pettitte, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Monday night to even their AL division series at one game apiece.

Chris Davis drove in two runs for the Orioles, who used the same formula that got them into the postseason for the first time in 15 years: a magnificent bullpen and an ability to win tight games. Baltimore was 29-9 in one-run decisions during the regular season and 74-0 when leading after seven innings.

Major league saves leader Jim Johnson, roughed up for five runs in a Game 1 loss, pitched a perfect ninth to close it out.

Game 3 of the best-of-five series will be held at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.

Cardinals 12, Nationals 4

ST. LOUIS – Never count out the St. Louis Cardinals in October – especially after they lose a series opener.

Carlos Beltran hit the last two of the Cardinals’ four homers, and St. Louis chased an ineffective Jordan Zimmermann early in a rout of the Washington Nationals on Monday that tied their NL division series at one game apiece

Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso also went deep to help the defending World Series champions build a big lead that compensated for a two-inning start from an ailing Jaime Garcia. Craig hit his fifth career postseason homer.

Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche hit consecutive homers in the fifth for the Nationals, who head home for the remainder of the best-of-five series. But the NL East champions are without All-Star ace Stephen Strasburg, shut down for the rest of the season.

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