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A-Rod Hits Two Home Runs As Yankees Rally Past Baltimore

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.

AL East Standings

New York 89 58 .605 0 Won 1
Tampa Bay 88 58 .602 0.5 Lost 1
Boston 82 64 .561 6.5 Won 4
Toronto 73 73 .500 15.5 Lost 3
Baltimore 58 89 .394 31 Lost 1

(updated 9.17.2010 at 10:37 PM EDT)