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MLB: New York Yankees 5, Baltimore 3

Sept. 7, 2011 at 3:59 AM

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner hit back-to-back seventh-inning home runs Tuesday and the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 5-3.

The Yankees got a third-inning solo home run and two runs scored from Jorge Posada in their sixth straight win. Second-place Boston won Tuesday, to stay within 2 1/2 games of New York in the American League East.

Yankees starter Phil Hughes went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Cory Wade (4-0) got the win in relief.

Cervelli and Gardner homered off of Orioles starter Tommy Hunter (3-3), who allowed five runs -- four earned -- on five hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings.

Matt Wieters hit a two-run home run for Baltimore, which has lost four straight.

The game started 4 hours late because of a rain delay and wasn't over until 2:20 a.m. EDT.

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