Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/15/12

BALTIMORE -- Mark Teixeira hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees rallied for an 8-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

Teixeira had gone eight games without a home run before snapping a 5-5 tie with his line drive into the seats in right-center off Luis Ayala (1-1).

The home run also scored Alex Rodriguez, who singled to start the inning before Teixeira's out-out blast. Teixeira scored an insurance run in the ninth after he doubled. He finished 2-for-4.

Before the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Teixeira's disappointing start at the plate might be due to a bronchial condition.

"He's had a cough for a month, and he's continued to play through it. Sometimes it's really, really bad," said Girardi, who has no plans to move Teixeira out of the No. 5 spot in the batting order.

The Orioles (22-14) took leads of 2-0 and 5-3 against the Yankees (20-15), but Baltimore couldn't stay in front thanks to a key error from first baseman Chris Davis and homers from Teixeira and Curtis Granderson.

David Phelps (1-1) got his first major league victory with an inning of scoreless relief.

Rafael Soriano came on in the ninth and earned his second save in the first game of a two-game series.

New York now has a 5-2 record against the Orioles so far this season and has won all four meetings in Baltimore this season.

Rain delayed the start of the game for 14 minutes, but the Orioles began quickly in the bottom of the first.

Xavier Avery collected his first major league hit, a leadoff double. He scored when J.J. Hardy followed with a single, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead.

Hardy moved to second on a Nick Markakis' ground out and scored when Adam Jones doubled to left-center. The Orioles had a 2-0 lead after only four batters against New York starter Ivan Nova.

Baltimore starter Jason Hammel didn't have much trouble in the early innings. He gave up singles in the first and third -- the second one coming from Derek Jeter and giving him 3,143 hits, which moved the Yankee shortstop to 16th on the all-time hits list.

But Hammel ran into trouble in the fourth. Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano started the inning with back-to-back singles, and both later scored on Nick Swisher's two-run double.

New York then went ahead in the fifth when Curtis Granderson crushed a solo homer to right. His two-out shot gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead before the Orioles rallied in the bottom half.

Robert Andino drew a leadoff walk from Nova and scored when Avery followed with a triple into the right-field corner. Hardy then belted a two-run homer to left for a 5-3 Orioles lead.

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