Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/9/12

BALTIMORE-Curtis Granderson came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit homer and five RBIs, and Derek Jeter added a two-run homer to help the New York Yankees regain first place in the American League East with a 13-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Sunday afternoon.

New York (79-61) split the key four-game series with the Orioles (78-61). The Yankees came into town one game ahead and leave Baltimore in the same spot.

The two teams each won nine games in their 18-game season series, which is now finished. They wouldn't meet again unless it's in the playoffs.

Granderson came on in the sixth inning to pinch-hit for Andruw Jones. He hit a solo homer off reliever Jake Arrieta for a 6-3 lead, then added a two-run single in the seventh plus a two-run double in the eighth.

The Yankees are hoping that might help the struggling outfielder awaken from his slump. He was 5-for-43 coming into the game. But his hits helped New York score twice in the seventh and five times in the eighth for a 13-3 lead. Jeter, who finished with three RBIs, got his homer in the eighth during that five-run inning.

Joba Chamberlain (1-0) got the victory, striking out four in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

The Yankees took advantage of Baltimore starter Zach Britton's wildness early. Jeter led off the game with an infield single and moved to second when Nick Swisher walked.

Jeter then moved to third when Alex Rodriguez grounded into a double play and scored on a Robinson Cano singled for the game's first run.

Britton (5-2) then retired the next seven batters before losing his control again in the fourth. Rodriguez singled before Britton walked three in a row. The final walk came to Steve Pearce and forced in Rodriguez.

After Jones struck out, Jayson Nix drove in a run with a bloop single to center. Ichiro Suzuki then beat out an infield single to make it 4-0 and keep the bases loaded. Britton then walked Jeter for another run, and that ended the left-hander's day.

The Orioles then drove Yankees starter Freddy Garcia from the game in the bottom of the inning. Nate McLouth walked before Garcia hit J.J. Hardy. Wilson Betemit, stepping in at DH since manager Buck Showalter shook up his lineup, lined a two-run double to right-center.

One out later, Matt Wieters' RBI single cut the lead to 5-3. Manager Joe Girardi went to the quick hook and pulled Garcia in favor of Chamberlain, who struck out Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis to get out of the inning.

NOTES: Baltimore's Nick Markakis is undergoing more tests on his broken left thumb - which happened in Saturday's win. It's uncertain what doctors are going to recommend for treatment and whether surgery's an option. The Orioles are hoping to avoid surgery as that would end his season. He had a CT scan Sunday and is getting an MRI Monday. He's also seeing a hand specialist with more to come...Britton usually does not have control problems, having struck out 46 and walked 23 in 52 innings coming into this game...Mark Teixeira will have an MRI on his ailing left calf on Monday, as it appears he may have re-aggravated the calf that sidelined him for 10 days. Manager Joe Girardi told the media that the injury appears more serious, and how bad it is will determine when - and if -- he returns this season...The Yankees are still scratching their heads over the performance of CC Sabathia. He took the loss Saturday, and his velocity has gone down while the left-hander hasn't held a lead in each of his last three starts.

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