NEW YORK — Hideki Matsui got the ball rolling with a two-run homer, Jorge Posada chipped in with his own two-run shot and Derek Jeter added a pair of solo home runs as the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 Tuesday night.
Coming off last week’s three-game sweep in which they outscored Baltimore 41-17 at Camden Yards, the Yankees backed Mike Mussina (6-4) in his fifth straight victory.
Matsui connected on a shot to right off Sidney Ponson in the second inning for his ninth homer of the season to tie the game at 2-all at Yankee Stadium.
“It was almost perfect,” said Matsui. “None out with a runner on second, I was waiting on a pitch I could drive hard to right. It was a ball since it was high but it came straight down the plate. It was a good pitch to pull,” he said.
Last year in his debut season, the Japanese outfielder recorded his ninth home run on June 29 — nearly a month later.
Matsui, who has a team-leading .320 average and 32 RBIs, drew walks in the third and fifth and struck out swinging in the eighth.
The Orioles made it interesting in the ninth inning when Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez each hit two-out, two-run singles off Mariano Rivera. But B.J. Surhoff hit an inning-ending flyout with two on.
Jeter drove in a run for his eighth straight game — extending his career-long streak — and had four hits.
Twins 16, Devils Rays 4
In Minneapolis, Corey Koskie hit two of Minnesota’s five home runs to lead the Twins over error-prone Tampa Bay.
Royals 5, Tigers 3
In Detroit, Mike Sweeney hit a go-ahead single in the ninth as Kansas City downed the Tigers.
Blue Jays 6, Mariners 5
In Seattle, Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to help Toronto beat the Mariners.
Athletics 6, White Sox 4 (12)
In Oakland Bobby Kielty hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning as the Athletics defeated Chicago.
Rangers 6, Indians 5 (12)
In Cleveland, Rod Barajas hit his second homer of the game with one out in the 12th inning as Texas beat the Indians.
Angels 7, Red Sox 6
In Anaheim, Vladimir Guerrero hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth inning as the Angels edged Boston.
Reds 7, Marlins 6
In Miami, Adam Dunn homered twice, including a tiebreaking drive in the 10th inning, and Ken Griffey Jr. homered for the third time in five games to lead Cincinnati over Florida.
Cardinals 8, Pirates 1
In Pittsburgh, Albert Pujols homered and had two doubles among his five hits and drove in three runs, and Jeff Suppan pitched into the eighth inning as St. Louis trounced the Pirates.
Braves 7, Expos 6
In Atlanta, rookie Nick Green hit a three-run homer and J.D. Drew followed with another home run in the ninth inning to give the Braves a victory over Montreal.
Mets 4, Phillies 1 (10)
In Philadelphia, Todd Zeile hit a tying solo homer in the eighth and a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th as New York beat the Phillies.
Astros 5, Cubs 3
In Chicago, pinch-hitter Michael Lamb had a go-ahead double in the eighth inning as Houston took advantage of an error to beat the Cubs.
Diamondbacks 6, Giants 5
In Phoenix, Luis Gonzalez singled home Scott Hairston in the ninth inning as Arizona stopped San Francisco’s 10-game winning streak.
Rockies 7, Padres 1
In San Diego, Charles Johnson doubled three times and drove in four runs to help Colorado beat the Padres for its first back-to-back road wins of this season.
Brewers 4, Dodgers 1
In Los Angeles, Doug Davis pitched six scoreless innings on three days’ rest in place of an ill Ben Sheets as Milwaukee downed the Dodgers.
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