Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Theturned Camden Yards into a launch pad.
The American League Wild Card leaders belted five home runs, including three in a row during the sixth inning and a pair from, to beat the , 8-3, and earn a split of a Sunday's day-night doubleheader.
Granderson drove in four while upping his home run total this season to an MLB-best 38. He also leads the majors with 107 RBI.
"It's incredible what he's done this year," said New York manager Joe Girardi about Granderson. "There's been a lot of talk about MVP and that will all be settled later, but he's been unbelievable for us."
(14-4), the leader among all rookies in wins, overcame a sluggish start to pitch into the eighth inning for the Yankees. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits through the first three frames. Baltimore mustered only two more hits before Nova departed with two men on base and no outs.
relieved Nova and singled to load the bases. But the Yankees reliever struck out , and -- all swinging -- to escape the jam.
New York, which rebounded from a 2-0 loss in the opener, trails Boston by two games in the AL East.
Baltimore starter(1-7) surrendered six runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
The Orioles pushed across a run in each of the first three innings, with Jones' second sacrifice fly tying the game after Granderson smashed a three- run homer in the top of the third.
Chris Jakubauskas with a drive over the wall in left-center.broke the tie in the Yankees' sixth when he followed a one-out single by with a two-run blast to left field. then went deep before greeted Baltimore's
Granderson homered offto give New York a five-run lead in the seventh.
Nova has won 10 straight decisions, tying him with Johnny Allen for the third- longest winning streak by a Yankees rookie pitcher...New York shortstopwas a late scratch for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with a bruised right knee.
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|WP: Ivan Nova (14 - 4)
LP: Brian Matusz (1 - 7)