Yankees rip 5 homers
Posada connects for two to help bring down Orioles
It wasn’t enough that Camden Yards sounded like Yankee Stadium. It also played like that new palace in the Bronx, much to the delight of the Yankees and their fans.
Jorge Posada homered twice, and Nick Swisher and Eric Hinske hit successive drives in a three-run seventh inning that carried New York past the Baltimore Orioles, 9-6, last night.
Robinson Cano also connected for Yankees, who will try to complete a three-game sweep today. New York came to town after taking three in a row from the Chicago White Sox.
The five home runs tied a season high for the Yankees, whose new ballpark has produced more homers than any other stadium in the majors. Much of the crowd of 25,782 was cheering for New York.
“It seems like the Orioles fans are not here, so we have a lot of Yankees fans here,’’ Posada said. “With this lineup, it seems like we don’t die down. It’s good to see. We get good at-bats, and the guys later on really got on base to provide that.’’
With the score 6-all, Cano led off the seventh with a double off Chris Ray (0-3). Swisher then homered to center, his 23d of the season and second in two games. Two pitches later, Hinske homered to left.
Damaso Marte (1-1) followed starter A.J. Burnett and got three straight outs. Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 38th save.
Posada hit a solo shot in the third inning and a two-run homer in the fifth, but the Yankees trailed, 6-5, in the sixth before rallying for their 22d win in 28 games.
Rangers sweep Blue Jays, 5-2, 5-2 - Josh Hamilton snapped out of his extended power drought with two home runs and Brandon McCarthy pitched into the seventh inning of his first start in nearly three months, leading Texas past Toronto for a doubleheader sweep.
Chris Davis, who had a tiebreaking, two-run single to help the Rangers win the opener by the same score, added a solo homer in the nightcap along with an infield single that got David Murphy home from second base.
Phillies 1, Giants 0 - Cole Hamels pitched a two-hitter, Ryan Howard drove in the only run with a fourth-inning double, and host Philadelphia beat San Francisco.
Padres 4, Nationals 1 - Clayton Richard (4-1) took a shutout into the seventh inning and fellow rookie Will Venable drove in a run and made another spectacular catch, helping host San Diego defeat Washington.
Mariners 2, Angels 1 - Jose Lopez’s two-out double in the seventh inning made rookie Doug Fister a winner and sent Seattle to yet another one-run victory, over the first-place visiting Los Angeles.
Twins 4, White Sox 3 - Pinch-hitter Jose Morales singled home Nick Punto with two outs in the ninth to lift Minnesota over Chicago in Minneapolis.
Cardinals 7, Brewers 6 - Matt Holliday’s three-run homer snapped a seventh-inning tie, lifting Joel Pineiro (14-9) to his eighth straight win as host St. Louis edged Milwaukee.
Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 3 - Matt Kemp homered for the fourth consecutive game and Andre Ethier drew a bases-loaded walk that forced in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, sending host Los Angeles over Arizona.
Cubs 4, Astros 1 - Randy Wells became the first Cubs rookie in 11 years to reach 10 wins with another strong outing against visiting Houston, and Milton Bradley homered in Chicago’s victory.
Tigers 8, Indians 5 - Placido Polanco and Carlos Guillen homered on successive pitches and Brandon Inge also went deep, lifting Detroit over visiting Cleveland.
Reds 11, Pirates 5 - Craig Tatum drove in four runs to double his previous career total and Justin Lehr overcame control problems as host Cincinnati sent Pittsburgh to its sixth consecutive loss.
Rockies 8, Mets 3 - Todd Helton homered and drove in three runs as Colorado snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over New York in Denver.
Braves 4, Marlins 3 - Tim Hudson (1-0) pitched effectively into the sixth inning in his return to the majors, lifting Atlanta over Florida after a nearly three-hour rain delay in Miami.
Royals 4, Athletics 3 - Alberto Callaspo hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth, Kyle Davies struck out six and won consecutive starts for the first time all season, and Kansas City won in Oakland.