NEW YORK — Little-used Brendan Ryan hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth inning, helping the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Tuesday night in the opener of a series between AL East rivals.
Alex Rodriguez had a sacrifice fly and Chase Headley an RBI double off Wei-Yin Chen (4-6) on the Taiwanese left-hander’s 30th birthday. The Yankees moved 10 games over .500 (51-41) for the first time since Sept. 13, 2013.
Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury made a running, over-the-shoulder catch with a runner on second in the seventh to preserve the win for Justin Wilson (3-0) in relief of Nathan Eovaldi. New York opened a five-game lead in the division over Baltimore, which fell to .500 at 46-46.
Dellin Betances pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings and Andrew Miller got three outs against the team he helped win the East last season for his 21st save in 21 chances.