Suzuki leads Yankees past O’s

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Updated: August 31, 2013

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Ichiro Suzuki and Alfonso Soriano each hit two-
run homers to lift the New York Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles, 8-5, in
the opener of a three-game series.

Robinson Cano went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored for the
Yankees, who started a 10-game homestand on Friday. Alex Rodriguez and Mark
Reynolds added an RBI apiece.

“We got behind and were able to come back a couple times,” Yankees manager Joe
Girardi said. “We had a huge inning, some big home runs, some big base hits by
some guys. It was a nice job.”

New York starter CC Sabathia (12-11) allowed five runs on seven hits over 5
2/3 innings. The big left-hander improved to 18-5 lifetime against Baltimore.

The Yankees remained eight games behind Boston for first place in the AL East.
The Red Sox beat the White Sox on Friday.

Danny Valencia hit a two-run homer for the Orioles, who have lost three of
their last four games. Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Nick Markakis each drove
in a run.

Miguel Gonzalez (8-7) got the start for Baltimore and gave up seven runs on
six hits over four-plus innings.

“Sometimes the game is going to speed up on you,” Gonzalez said. “I was
feeling well at the beginning and then towards the end I was just leaving
balls up.”

The first hit of the game was recorded in the top of the fourth. Machado hit a
ground-rule double down the right-field line, moved to third on a wild pitch
and crossed the plate on Davis’ single up the middle.

New York, however, responded with two runs in the bottom half. Cano worked a
two-out walk and scored on Soriano’s homer to right.

Baltimore jumped back in front with a three-run fifth. Markakis reached base
on an infield single and crossed the plate on Valencia’s blast over the wall
in left-center field. Alexi Casilla walked, stole second, advanced to third on
a sacrifice bunt and raced home on Machado’s single to left.

Once again, the Yankees had an answer. The home team scored five runs in the
bottom half to take a 7-4 lead. Curtis Granderson led off with a double to
right and scored on Reynolds’ double to left. Suzuki followed with a homer to
right. Austin Romine doubled, Brett Gardner singled and Derek Jeter walked to
load the bases with no outs.

T.J. McFarland came in from the bullpen and Cano greeted him with a two-run
single to right. After Soriano grounded into a fielder’s choice, Rodriguez
grounded into a double play.

The Orioles managed to get one run back in the sixth. Adam Jones doubled to
left-center field and raced home on Markakis’ two-out single to right.

Rodriguez’s RBI single in the seventh made it 8-5 New York.

Mariano Rivera tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his 39th save of the
season.

Game Notes

Despite Friday’s loss, the Orioles lead the season series by a 7-6 margin …
Gonzalez fell to 2-2 lifetime against the Yankees … New York had 13 hits,
compared to nine for Baltimore … Markakis and Reynolds each had three hits.