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Nunez Comes Off DL to Lead Yankees to 5-4 Victory Over Orioles

New York Yankees Player Eduardo Nunez
New York Yankees player Eduardo Nunez bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on July 6, 2013, in the Bronx borough of New York City. Photographer: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Eduardo Nunez batted in the game-winning run on his return from an injury to give the New York Yankees their season-high sixth straight Major League Baseball victory 5-4 over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees have won the first two of the three-game series against the Orioles to move a half-game ahead of Baltimore into second place in the American League East.

Chris Davis hit his league-leading 33rd home run in the first inning at Yankee Stadium yesterday as the Orioles got out to a 2-0 advantage. Alexi Casilla’s run-scoring double in the second put Baltimore ahead 3-0.

“Anytime you’re leading early in the game, you expect to continue to lead, or at least put up some more runs,” Davis told reporters. “One- and two-run leads in this game don’t last very long, especially in this ballpark and with their offense.”

Luis Cruz got a bases-loaded single while Nunez hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded as the Yankees moved within 3-2 in the bottom of the second inning.

Taylor Teagarden’s run-scoring single in the fourth restored a two-run lead for the Orioles.

Nunez, who came off the 60-day disabled list, scored on Ichiro Suzuki’s infield single in the fifth followed by Robinson Cano’s run-scoring single that tied the game at 4-4. Nunez singled in the sixth to send Lyle Overbay home.

Andy Pettitte (6-6) allowed four runs on nine hits and struck out four in 6 2/3 innings for the win. Mariano Rivera got his 29th save, giving up one hit and striking out one in the ninth inning.

Pettitte, who broke his three-game losing streak, remains undefeated in his last 11 starts against Baltimore since Sept. 19, 2007, going 8-0 with a 2.99 earned-run average.

Yankee pitchers held their opponent without a walk for the 12th time this season, surpassing Washington and Philadelphia who each have 11 no-walk games.

Chris Tillman (10-3) surrendered five runs on 10 hits, walked two and struck out three in 5 1/3 innings for the loss.

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