|N.Y. Yankees (56-37) «||0||1||2||3||0||0||0||0||x||6||6||1|
NEW YORK -- Sergio Mitre made it back after undergoing elbow-ligament replacement surgery. Then he was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance.
Finally set to make his first major league start since 2007, he had to wait out a 26-minute rain delay.
"It seemed like it took forever," he said. "I was ready to get out there and pitch."
The Yankees (56-37) moved a season-best 19 games over .500 and took a one-game lead in the AL East over Boston, which lost to Texas. New York hasn't been alone in first this late in the season since it won the division in 2006, according to STATS LLC.
"Yeah it feels great that there's nobody in front of us but it doesn't mean anything at this point in the year," shortstop Derek Jeter said.
Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Alex Rodriguez also had a key two-run single for New York, which made the most of just six hits. The Yankees are a major league-best 43-22 since Rodriguez came off the disabled list May 8 following hip surgery.
Mitre, who was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before the game, allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in his first major league start since Sept. 15, 2007. It was his first win since July 29, 2007, for Florida at San Francisco.
The 28-year-old right-hander is serving as the Yankees' fifth starter with Chien-Ming Wang sidelined by a strained right shoulder.
"I know I can pitch here," Mitre said. "It's just a matter of staying healthy. That's been my biggest problem throughout my career."
Brian Roberts had three hits for Baltimore, which has lost nine straight in the Bronx and fell to 1-13 in road games against the AL East this season. Roberts is batting .433 (13 for 30) in his last seven games.
"Certainly it gets frustrating," said Roberts, whose team has lost four of five since the All-Star break. "We want wins."
After winning each of the last three games 2-1 for the first time in franchise history, the Yankees raced out to a 6-2 lead in the fourth. Rodriguez picked up two RBI with a two-out single off Rich Hill in the third and Cano went deep after Nick Swisher led off the fourth with a walk.
Hill (3-3) departed after Cano's 14th homer, running his winless stretch to six starts. He allowed five runs and three hits.
"I saw a lot of pitches that were below average," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "We thought coming back from the break he'd pitch better. In order to be successful you have to be more aggressive. Every pitch matters. Every pitch is important."
Hill issued four of Baltimore's eight walks and has walked 37 batters in 55 1/3 innings this season.
"We got into throwing more curveballs than I wanted," he said. "It was just a poor outing by me."
Mitre (1-0) missed the 2008 season and had Tommy John surgery on July 15 last year. He agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees during the offseason, then was suspended under the major league drug program.
Mitre was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts for Class A Tampa and 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA in seven starts with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before he was called up.
"I thought he did a nice job," said Yankees skipper Joe Girardi, who came away with a good impression of Mitre when he managed the Marlins in 2006. "He threw a lot of strikes. He worked quickly. He almost got through six so I was happy with his performance."
Melvin Mora's two-run single cut New York's lead to 6-4 in the sixth but Mitre responded by throwing a called third strike past Nolan Reimold for the second out. Alfredo Aceves then came in and got Matt Wieters to fly out to end the inning.
|Hours after being called up by the Yankees, Sergio Mitre notches his first win since Sept. 15, 2007. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||2||3||0||0||0||0||.284|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||0||0||1||0||0||2||.300|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||1||3||1||0||1||0||.296|
|Aubrey Huff, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||1||2||.257|
|Luke Scott, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.289|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||4||0||1||2||0||1||0||.266|
|Nolan Reimold, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.259|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.244|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.253|
|2B - Brian Roberts (32, Mitre)|
|RBI - Adam Jones (51), Nick Markakis (61), Melvin Mora 2 (26)|
|SB - Brian Roberts (20, 2nd base off Mitre/Posada)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 1, Nick Markakis 1|
|DP - Markakis-Wieters, Wieters-Izturis, Jones-Huff|
|Rich Hill (L,3-3)||3||3||5||5||4||2||1||7.64|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rich Hill 82-48, Brian Bass 47-27, Matt Albers 22-12, Mark Hendrickson 11-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Hill 2-5, Brian Bass 3-1, Mark Hendrickson 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Rich Hill 16, Brian Bass 11, Matt Albers 5, Mark Hendrickson 3|
|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||3||1||1||0||1||1||2||.319|
|Johnny Damon, LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||4||.278|
|Brett Gardner, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.277|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.277|
|Alex Rodriguez, DH||2||1||1||2||2||0||0||.252|
|Jorge Posada, C||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.277|
|Nick Swisher, RF||2||1||0||1||1||1||0||.233|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||3||1||2||2||1||1||0||.308|
|Melky Cabrera, CF-LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.274|
|Cody Ransom, 3B||1||2||1||0||2||0||0||.188|
|2B - Cody Ransom (7, Bass)|
|HR - Robinson Cano (14, Hill)|
|SF - Nick Swisher (5)|
|RBI - Johnny Damon (51), Alex Rodriguez 2 (54), Nick Swisher (48), Robinson Cano 2 (48)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (21)|
|SB - Derek Jeter (18, 2nd base off Hill/Wieters), Alex Rodriguez (4, 2nd base off Hill/Wieters), Cody Ransom (2, 2nd base off Bass/Wieters)|
|CS - Alex Rodriguez (1, 2nd base by Albers/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Jeter-Cano-Teixeira, Teixeira|
|E - Sergio Mitre (1, Throwing)|
|New York Yankees|
|Sergio Mitre (W,1-0)||5.2||8||4||3||1||4||0||4.76|
|Alfredo Aceves (H,5)||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.53|
|Phil Coke (H,11)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.76|
|Mariano Rivera (S,27)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.20|
|WP - Sergio Mitre (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Sergio Mitre 91-57, Alfredo Aceves 12-9, Phil Coke 9-7, Mariano Rivera 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sergio Mitre 9-3, Alfredo Aceves 1-3, Mariano Rivera 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Sergio Mitre 25, Alfredo Aceves 4, Phil Coke 3, Mariano Rivera 3|
|Attendance - 45589|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Adrian Johnson|