BALTIMORE — Alex Rodriguez hit his 300th homer with the Yankees, Russell Martin and Steve Pearce also homered, and New York regained sole possession of first place in the AL East by defeating the Orioles 8-5 Friday night.
The Yankees built a 7-0 lead in the fifth against rookie Wei-Yin Chen and held on for their third win in nine games. New York had lost eight of 11 to the Orioles, including the opener of this four-game series.
Adam Jones, Robert Andino and Manny Machado homered for the Orioles, who got three hits from Nate McLouth but missed a chance to move ahead of the Yankees for the first time since June 7.
Rodriguez chased Chen with a two-run drive in the fifth, the 645th home run of his career. Only five players have more homers in a Yankees uniform than A-Rod.
"I had no idea I had 300," Rodriguez said. "The only numbers we're worried about right now is W's."