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Yankees 4

(89-58, 40-33 away)

Orioles 3

(58-89, 33-42 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 17, 2010

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: D. Robertson (4-4)

    L: K. Uehara (1-2)

    S: M. Rivera (31)

    Alex Rodriguez blasts two homers as Yankees rally by O's

    Associated Press

    BALTIMORE -- Alex Rodriguez's big blast gave the New York Yankees a bigger lift.

    Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning, his second of the game, and the New York Yankees rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night to move back into first place in the AL East.

    "We've run into a wall here. We've played a lot of one-run games and been on the wrong side of things," said Rodriguez, who had his 57th multiple-homer effort. "For us, today is a big game. Every game down the stretch is going to be important."

    Trailing 3-1, Jorge Posada led off the ninth with a single off Koji Uehara (1-2), prevailing in an 11-pitch at-bat, and went to second on Curtis Granderson's one-out single. Mark Teixeira popped out and the Yankees were down to their last strike before Rodriguez hit a 2-2 fastball into the stands in left-center.

    Uehara thought he had Rodriguez struck out on a 1-2 inside fastball on the pitch before the home run.

    "I wasn't able to locate the ball the next pitch. Well, I cant change the results," Uehara said through interpreter Jiwan Bang.

    For the eighth time in 10 games, the Yankees were in a one-run ballgame. Yankees manager Joe Girardi hopes the positive result can ignite some momentum.

    "This is the one that maybe gets us going," Girardi said. "We've been in a tough stretch here, losing some tough games. But we found a way to get it done tonight."

    The Yankees posted their 46th come-from-behind victory of the season and improved to 2-5 on their nine-game road trip. They moved back into first place in the division, one-half game ahead of Tampa Bay, which lost 4-3 to Los Angeles on Friday.

    "We've been struggling scoring runs. We had some guys on today and we just couldn't seem to get the hit. Then Alex has the huge hit in the ninth. That's a huge win," Girardi said.

    David Robertson (4-4) worked a scoreless eighth.

    Adam Jones and Robert Andino homered for Baltimore.

    Mariano Rivera got the final three outs for his 31st save.

    Sporting a black eye, Yankees starter A.J. Burnett yielded three runs and six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out five.

    "This is probably the best I've felt in a long time tonight, as far as overall everything. ... Every time out, they're not giant steps but they're steps forward," Burnett said.

    Burnett, however, wouldn't address the crescent-shaped, purple bruise beneath his right eye -- other than to say it wasn't baseball-related.

    "It makes me look tough," he said jokingly. "It's something I have to deal with. I dealt with it and we move on."

    Baltimore wasted a nice start by Kevin Millwood, who allowed a run and five hits over seven innings, walking four and striking out six. He wiggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam after Rodriguez's solo homer in the second.

    "In the second inning, I had a bunch [of baserunners] on. In the seventh, had a couple on," Millwood said. "Other than that, it felt like I was able to get through innings pretty quick. They were a lot more aggressive tonight than they normally are. I guess it was a good thing that I was throwing my fastball where I wanted to, for the most part."

    Rodriguez led off the second inning with his 24th homer, connecting to left-center on an 0-1 pitch.

    The Orioles tied the game in the third when Cesar Izturis was hit by a pitch, stole second, moved to third on Brian Roberts' groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Markakis.

    Jones hit a one-out solo shot to center to make it 2-1 in the fourth. It was his 19th homer, matching a career high.

    In the seventh, Andino hit a line-drive homer to left, his first of the season.

    Game notes

    Rodriguez now has 6-8 career homers, one behind Sammy Sosa, who is sixth on the all-time list. ... OF Nick Swisher was out of the Yankees' starting lineup for a fifth straight game with a sore left knee. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. ... Two days after he feigned being hit by a pitch against Tampa Bay, New York SS Derek Jeter still thinks the attention the incident received is unwarranted. "What am I supposed to do? Say, 'Sorry, sir, but it didn't hit me. Please let me continue to hit?' ... The umpire called it, not me," Jeter said. ... When Rodriguez homered in the first, fireworks were mistakenly shot off from the scoreboard in right-center. ... Millwood did not allow a first-inning run for the sixth time in his last 20 starts. ... Greg Colbrunn, manager of the Yankees' Single-A Charleston affiliate, has joined the major league coaching staff and will be with the team through Sept. 23.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumOriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
    Attendance32,874 (71.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time3:09
    Weather73 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind4 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Ted Barrett, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Brian Gorman

    Research Notes

    With his two homers on Friday, Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez passed Harmon Killebrew and Carl Yastrzemski for the most RBIs against the Orioles since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954. Here's a look:

    This is just the 4th time Alex Rodriguez has hit a HR with his team behind, during 9th inning or later which put his team into the lead. Two were walk-offs in 2007 - April 19 vs Indians ... Yankees were down 6-5 in bottom of the 9th at time of AB, A-rod hits 3-run HR off Joe Borowski to win - April 10 vs Orioles ... Yankees were down 7-6 in bottom of the 9th at time of AB, A-Rod hits grand slam off Chris Ray The other was a walk-off in 2006 June 28 vs Braves ... Yanks down 3-2 in the bottom of the 12th, he hit a 2-run HR off Jorge Sosa for the win
    Alex Rodriguez now has 13 straight seasons with at least 25 HR. That is tied for the 3rd-most in MLB history.
    In the 3rd inning, A.J. Burnett allowed his 35 stolen base of the season, setting the Yankees record for most stolen bases allowed in a season. The previous record was held by Roger Clemens, who allowed 34 in 2001.

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