Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs, including a go-ahead three-run shot in the ninth inning, to power the Yankees past the Orioles, 4-3, in the opener of a three-game series.
The Yankees trailed by two entering the ninth before Jorge Posada hit a leadoff single against Koji Uehara (1-2), and one out later, Curtis Granderson singled. Mark Teixeira followed by popping out to third, but Rodriguez stepped in and blasted a 2-2 fastball to left field to put New York ahead.
Mariano Rivera threw a scoreless bottom half to secure the victory for New York, which improved to 2-5 on its current road trip. The win vaulted the Yankees back into first place in the AL East. They hold a half-game lead over the Rays, who lost to the Angels on Friday.
Robert Andino and Adam Jones homered for the Orioles, who had won three in a row. Kevin Millwood threw seven solid innings, giving up just one run — a solo shot by Rodriguez.