Mark Reynolds hit two of the Baltimore Orioles’ season-high six home runs to beat the Yankees 10-6 and tie New York for the lead in the American League East division.
Adam Jones, Reynolds and Chris Davis hit homers as the Orioles scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth after the Yankees scored five in the top of the inning to rally from a 6-1 deficit and tie the score.
“Everyone in the dugout knew they were going to make a run at us,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in a televised news conference.
The Orioles and Yankees also are in a tie atop the AL wild-card standings with 77-60 records, a half-game ahead of the Oakland Athletics (76-60). The top two teams in the wild-card standings at the end of the regular season reach the playoffs, as well as the three division leaders in each league.
The Orioles opened a 6-1 lead through the sixth inning. Jones had a run-scoring single and Matt Wieters added a three-run homer in the first inning. Robert Andino then hit a home run in the fourth and Reynolds recorded his first home run of the game in the sixth.
The Yankees, whose sole run through seven innings came off Curtis Granderson’s single in the fourth, scored five runs off Orioles relievers Randy Wolf and Pedro Strop in the eighth.
Alex Rodriguez had a run-scoring double, Granderson added an RBI single, Eric Chavez scored on a bases-loaded walk and Ichiro Suzuki hit a single that sent home Granderson and Russell Martin.
In the bottom of the eighth, Jones hit his 28th home run of the season to break the tie. Reynolds then got his eighth home run in seven games to also score Wieters before Davis completed the scoring.
In the ninth, Nick Swisher grounded out to first, Robinson Cano singled to right, Rodriguez lined out to third and Chavez struck out to end the game.
The teams meet again at Oriole Park in Camden Yards tonight for the second game of their four-game series. Baltimore then has three home games against the Tampa Bay Rays, who are two games behind the leaders in the AL East, while the Yankees face three games in Boston against the Red Sox.
Jason Hammel, who was reinstated last night from the 15-day disabled list, allowed one run on six hits and struck out six in five innings for the Orioles. Darren O’Day (7-1) got the win.
“Getting Ham back there was a big relief,” Jones said.
Also last night, the AL-leading Texas Rangers (82-55) defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-4 in 10 innings, while the Washington Nationals advanced to a Major League Baseball-best 85-52 record with a 9-2 victory against the Chicago Cubs.
The Atlanta Braves (78-60) won 1-0 against the Colorado Rockies. The Braves and St. Louis Cardinals (74-63) lead in the race for the two NL wild-card spots.