Alberto Gonzalez

Nate McLouth's homer breaks tie, helps the Orioles beat the Yankees 4-3

From the moment the ball made contact with Nate McLouth's bat and sailed toward the right-field foul pole of Camden Yards, McLouth's mind raced back to last October.

The Orioles left fielder couldn't help but think back to the Orioles' final game of last season, in Game 5 of American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, when McLouth launched a CC Sabathia pitch high and deep toward the pole at Yankee Stadium. Numerous replays later, the debate rages whether the ball — which was ruled foul — nicked the foul pole.

Once he swung at Sabathia's 1-0 delivery in the seventh inning Friday night, McLouth tilted his body, trying to will the high fly ball fair. This...