NEW YORK– Rookie Greg Bird hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off Brian Matusz in the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees rallied past the reeling Baltimore Orioles 8-6 Monday.
Alex Rodriguez and John Ryan Murphy also homered for the Yankees (77-59), who overcame a 4-1 deficit and improved to 18 games over .500 for the first time since 2012. With his 29th home run this season, A-Rod got his 3,054th career hit and passed Rod Carew for sole possession of 22nd place.
Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado homered for the Orioles (65-72), who have lost 15 of 18 since and faded from AL wild-card contention.
Justin Wilson (5-0) got the win. Andrew Miller pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 33 chances, allowing Chris Davis’ two-out single, his 101st RBI.
Jorge Rondon (0-1) took the loss.