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Yankees hold on, escape Baltimore with series victory

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Brendan Ryan singled and scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning Thursday night, lifting the Yankees to a 6-5 win over the Orioles in the finale of a four-game series.

The Yankees found themselves suddenly needing a run after Danny Valencia's three-run homer tied the game for Baltimore in the eighth inning -- the end of a rally that started with two outs and nobody on base.

Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer and Curtis Granderson had a solo shot for the Yankees, who won the last three games of the four-game series and remained one game behind Tampa BAy for the second American League wild card.

Orioles closer Jim Johnson (3-8) threw the wild pitch with Alex Rodriguez batting that scored Ryan with the go-ahead run and Mariano Rivera (6-2) threw a perfect ninth for the Yankees.

The Orioles went 4-4 on an eight-game homestand. Nick Markakis hit a solo home run in the loss.

09/12 23:45:28 ET