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NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a go-ahead two-run home run and the New York Yankees rallied for a 8-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game series on Friday night.

Alfonso Soriano also hit a two-run home run for the Yankees, who entered the game five games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot. Oakland was hosting wild-card leader Tampa Bay later Friday night.

The Yankees won for the 13th time in 19 games by sending nine men to the plate during a five-run fifth that lasted for nearly 25 minutes. They entered the deciding inning trailing 4-2 deficit, but the first seven reached base.

Suzuki had the biggest blow with a long home run into the right field seats, ending a homerless drought of 131 at-bats.

Mark Reynolds, Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano also had run-scoring singles in the five-run inning while Alex Rodriguez added an RBI single in the eighth.

Chris Davis upped his major league-leading total to 122 with an RBI single in the fourth, but it was Danny Valencia who gave Baltimore a 4-2 lead with a two-run home run in the fifth.

Nick Markakis and Manny Machado had run-scoring singles for the Orioles, who lost for the 10th time in 16 games.

Neither starter pitched well.

New York's CC Sabathia (12-11) picked up the win despite allowing five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, marking the eighth time in nine starts he did not get past the seventh inning.

Miguel Gonzalez (8-7) lasted four-plus inning and was charged with seven runs and six hits while throwing 64 pitches in his second-shortest outing of the season.

Shawn Kelley, Boone Logan and David Robertson combined on 2 1/3 scoreless innings. The biggest out of that sequence occurred when Robertson retired Valencia on a fly ball to the right-field warning track for the final out of the eighth with two on.

Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his 39th save.

Sabathia retired the first 10 hitters on 34 pitches, getting four strikeouts on off-speed pitches. Sabathia gave up his first hit when Machado's double to right field just stayed fair. The Yankees big left-hander then fell behind 1-0 after a wild pitch and a single to center field by Davis.

Gonzalez retired the first seven hitters before walking Suzuki, but he retired Austin Romine on an inning-ending double play.

NOTES: Baltimore officially acquired OF Mike Morse from the Seattle Mariners after claiming him off waivers Wednesday. Morse is expected to join the team Saturday and will be used as an outfielder/designated hitter or occasional first baseman. .... RHP Jason Hammel (right forearm strain) will make a second rehab start on Tuesday when he pitches for Single-A Aberdeen. ... Jeter and Rodriguez were in the lineup for the same game at Yankee Stadium for the first time since Game 1 of last year's ALCS against Detroit. ... Hall of Famer Yogi Berra was introduced to the crowd before the game as the Yankees held a promotional bobblehead day in his honor.
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