May 21 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 for their third straight victory, tying the game on Travis Hafner’s ninth-inning home run before winning it with two runs in the 10th.
The Yankees trailed 4-3 in the ninth inning last night in Baltimore before Hafner hit New York’s fourth solo home run of the game, a one-out shot off Orioles reliever Jim Johnson.
Vernon Wells then hit a run-scoring double in the 10th to put the Yankees ahead, Hafner drove in another run with a single and Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless inning to record his 17th save of the Major League Baseball season.
“We’re resilient,” Wells said in a televised interview. “We’d rather get leads early and stick to that, but we’re a team that takes advantage of opportunities. It’s been fun to be a part of it and we just have to keep doing what we’re doing.”
The Yankees improved to 28-16 and extended their lead atop the American League East division to 1 1/2 games over the Boston Red Sox, who had a five-game winning streak halted with a 6-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Jon Lester lost his first game of the season for Boston, falling to 6-1.
The Orioles have lost six straight to drop to 23-21.
The Cleveland Indians pushed their winning streak to five games with a 10-8 win against the Seattle Mariners in 10 innings.
The Atlanta Braves beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 for their fourth win in a row, while the Cincinnati Reds topped the New York Mets 4-3, the Toronto Blue Jays downed the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 as Clayton Kershaw tossed a three-hitter.
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