Five runs on six hits. That sort of thing happens when a lineup can hit a few home runs, and the Yankees certainly can hit some homers these days. They hit three of them tonight, the last of which was Robinson Cano’s ninth-inning tie-breaker in a 5-4 win against the Orioles. The Yankees pulled ahead of both the Orioles and the Indians in the playoff race, leaving the Rays as the only team left to pass for the second wild card spot. Of the Yankees six hits, four went for extra bases, and one of the singles was a two-out RBI by Lyle Overbay to add a key insurance run in the ninth, making it easier for closer Mariano Rivera to finish off his second save in as many nights. Rivera has 43 for the year, tied for the American League lead. Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez also homered as the Yankees came from behind to win. Despite some early trouble, Andy Pettitte ultimately pitched into seventh inning, finishing with three runs through 6.1 innings. Another solid, winable start for the veteran.
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