Yankees take opener vs Orioles

THE New York Yankees broke open a tight contest with a five-run ninth inning to take the opener of their AL division series against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday night (Monday morning in Manila).

Russell Martin led off the ninth inning with a tiebreaking home run off Jim Johnson, CC Sabathia turned in a solid pitching performance and the Yankees pulled away to a 7-2 victory.

Sabathia allowed two runs and eight hits in 8 2-3 innings to help the Yankees take the edge off the Orioles’ first home playoff game since 1997. He went 0-2 in three starts against Baltimore during the regular season, but in this one he returned to form and improved his lifetime record against the Orioles to 17-4.

”Fastball command was good, worked off that,” Sabathia said. ”Throwing the ball pretty good getting the corners. Tried to stay out there and make some pitches.”

The big left-hander is 6-1 with the Yankees in the postseason, 4-0 in the division series.

In other games, the Detroit Tigers seized a 2-0 lead in their series against the Oakland A’s following a 5-4 victory; the Washington Nationals celebrated their return to the postseason with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals; and the Cincinnati Reds routed the San Francisco Giants, 9-0, to take a 2-0 lead in their series. Noli Cruz

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