CC Sabathia allowed one run in seven innings to earn his AL-leading 16th victory, Alex Rodriguez got his 2,500th hit and drove in four runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-2 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.Eric Hinske homered and Johnny Damon had four hits for the Yankees, who used a seven-run ninth inning to turn a tight game into a rout. New York has won six straight and is 34-11 since the All-Star break.
Rodriguez got his milestone hit in the fifth inning, a single off Jason Berken, and lined a two-run single up the middle in the seventh against Kim Mickolio (0-2) to break a 1-1 tie.
After Nolan Reimold hit a solo homer in the eighth to get Baltimore to 3-2, Rodriguez singled in two runs on an 0-2 pitch from Jim Johnson to spark a ninth-inning uprising in which Damon had two of New York's seven hits.
Sabathia (16-7) struck out nine, gave up seven hits and walked one. The left-hander is 6-0 in his last seven starts and has an AL-best eight wins since the All-Star break.
Phil Hughes got the last four outs for his second save.
Sabathia improved to 8-1 lifetime against Baltimore, 3-1 this year. The Yankees lead the season series 12-3 and have won 10 straight over the Orioles. The only other time New York won 10 in a row against Baltimore was in 1955.
After a sacrifice fly by Nick Markakis gave the Orioles a 1-0 first-inning lead, Sabathia worked out of a jam in the second by striking out Brian Roberts and Cesar Izturis with the bases loaded. That began a streak in which Sabathia retired eight straight, five by strikeout.
Hinske tied it in the third with his seventh homer, the second in two games.
An infield hit, a double by Melky Cabrera and an intentional walk loaded the bases with two outs in the New York fourth before Jose Molina hit a fly to right.
Notes: New York hit 20 homers at Camden Yards this season, the most by any visiting team in one year since the ballpark opened in 1992. ... It was the 12th series sweep of the season for New York, including three against the Orioles. ... Baltimore used a season-high eight pitchers. ... New York manager Joe Girardi rested starters Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada. ... Yankees RHP Sergio Mitre, who hasn't pitched since being hit by a line drive last Sunday, will start Sunday in Toronto, Girardi said. ... Orioles All-Star CF Adam Jones was on crutches with a severe left ankle sprain that could end his season. The injury occurred Tuesday night.