NEW YORK— Chris Davis led off the ninth inning with his major league-leading 41st home run and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Tuesday night for just their fourth win in 19 games.
The Yankees began the day a half-game behind AL East-leading Toronto. They failed to take advantage of Masahiro Tanaka’s 10-strikeout performance and Alex Rodriguez’s 30th homer — A-Rod has reached the mark in 15 seasons, tying Hank Aaron’s record.
Davis homered for the sixth time in seven games, lofting an opposite-field drive into the seats in left. He was the first batter Chasen Shreve (6-2) faced after Tanaka pitched eight innings.
Davis, like Rodriguez, is enjoying a resurgent season. The Orioles’ slugger led the majors with 53 home runs in 2013, but hit just 26 last year and drew a drug suspension down the stretch.