Sometimes, postseason experience isn't all that important.
How else to explain the Baltimore Orioles beating the playoff-tested New York Yankees, and rookie Wei-Yin Chen outpitching 40-year-old Andy Pettitte?
With Chen leading the way, the Orioles squeezed out a 3-2 home victory Monday night to even their American League Division Series at one game apiece.
Chris Davis drove in two runs for the wild-card 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, came back to pitch a perfect ninth to close it out.
The rest of the best-of-five series is at Yankee Stadium, beginning with Game 3 on Wednesday.
"It means everything," Davis said of the win. "You definitely don't want to go into New York in a five-game series down two games."
Chen gave up two runs, one earned, and eight hits over 61/3 innings. The Taiwan native, who pitched previously in Japan, was 1-2 with a 5.25
Cardinals 12, Nationals 4: Three hits and an excruciating loss one day, double-digit runs and a laugher the next. The St. Louis Cardinals have been that type of team all season.
The defending World Series champions tied their National League Division Series with Washington at one game apiece by doing what they do best -- forgetting about what happened the day before and concentrating on the game at hand. They lost the division series and NLCS openers last year, and look how that turned out.
Carlos Beltran hit the last two of the Cardinals' four homers and host St. Louis chased an ineffective Jordan Zimmermann early in a 12-4 rout of the Nationals on Monday.
"We know this offense has the potential to do this," Cardinals rookie manager Mike Matheny said. "It was nice to see this, and hopefully it becomes contagious and the guys just keep going."
Daniel Descalso and Allen Craig also went deep to help the Cardinals build a big lead that compensated for a two-inning start from an ailing Jaime Garcia. Craig hit his fifth career postseason homer.
Garcia was taken out with a shoulder injury and sent for an MRI. The left-hander missed two months this season with shoulder fatigue. "It just wasn't right the whole time. I had to come out of the game," Garcia said.
Indians: Terry Francona, who led the Boston Red Sox to two World Series titles, was introduced Monday as the new manager of the Indians, who crashed in the second half this season after contending for four months. It's a family reunion of sorts for Francona, who has ties with the Indians stretching back over 50 years.
His father, Tito, played six seasons in Cleveland, and Francona spent a year working as an assistant in the Indians' front office after he was fired by Philadelphia.
Francona signed a four-year contract. He hopes to stay even longer.
"I don't want to be a rental manager," he said. "I didn't want to come in worried. I want to be part of the solution. I want to stick around. I didn't come here to go to pasture."
Dodgers: Catcher A.J. Ellis had arthroscopic left knee surgery and should be ready at the start of spring training, the team said.