Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner homered in support of CC Sabathia's seven solid innings, as New York downed Baltimore 6-3 to complete a three-game series sweep at Yankee Stadium.
Sabathia (5-3) allowed three runs on three hits, while walking one and striking out seven to win for the first time since May 3. The Yankees have taken eight in a row over Baltimore after dropping the first game of the season series.
Robinson Cano had a run-producing double to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, while Curtis Granderson chipped in with two hits and a run batted in to help the Yankees finish their homestand with six wins in seven games.
Joba Chamberlain tossed a shutout eighth inning before Mariano Rivera stranded two runners in the ninth to earn his 12th save of the season.
Kevin Millwood (0-6) absorbed the loss after allowing six runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five, as the Orioles suffered their eighth straight loss.
With the team having dropped ten of its' last 11 games and struggling all season offensively, rumors are swirling that Orioles manager Dave Trembley is on the verge of being fired.
Derek Jeter walked to open the home first, moved to second base on a Nick Swisher single, stole third and scored on a balk by Millwood, who stumbled in his motion and fell off the rubber before delivering the ball to home plate. Cano then doubled to center field with two outs to chase home Swisher to make it 2-0.
The Orioles cut the lead in half when Adam Jones led off the third inning with his sixth home run of the season.
The Yankees answered in the bottom of the frame when Rodriguez belted a two- run shot the opposite way to right field to make it a 4-1 game. Cano followed with a walk, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, moved to third on a Jorge Posada base hit and came into score on Granderson's single to push the lead to 5-1.
"It's definitely big for us. We wanted to get back to playing our style of baseball here at home, " Rodriguez said of finishing off the series sweep. "Regardless of who we play, if we do what we have to do, we should win more than not."
Gardner's lead off long ball in the sixth increased the home team's lead to 6-1.
Millwood was taken out later in the frame following a two-out single by Mark Teixeira and was replaced by Jason Berken, who tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Sabathia had allowed only one hit until Ty Wigginton singled with one out in the seventh. Luke Scott followed with a home run to right field to trim the home team's lead to 6-3. Sabathia then walked Garrett Atkins but set down the next two hitters to end the inning and finish his performance.
"He's one of the best pitchers in the game. There's just not much to hit against him," Scott said about facing Sabathia. "He's got a mid 90's fastball, plus changeup, plus curveball, plus slider and he commands all four quadrants of the strike zone."
Rivera walked Nick Markakis to lead off the ninth inning and hit Wigginton but worked out of trouble by striking out Scott, getting Atkins to ground out and fanning Jones to end the game.
Rodriguez's home run was the 591st of his career, making him the active leader with the retirement of Ken Griffey...Granderson and Posada each extended their hitting streaks to seven games...Sabathia, at 29 years and 56 days, became the youngest pitcher to make his 300th career start since Dwight Gooden did it at 29 years and 205 days in 1994 and the youngest left-hander to do it since Fernando Valenzuela at 29 years and 226 days in 1990...Sabathia is 12-1, with three wins this season, in 17 career starts against the Orioles...New York is 23-5 when scoring first. Baltimore has scored 18 runs in Millwood's 12 starts when he was on the mound...The Orioles have totaled 14 runs during their losing streak and have been held to three runs or less in 34 of their 54 games. The O's have lost 17 of their last 19 games in New York.