In what might have been the last start for Phil Hughes (for the time being), the Yankees (23-17) slugged their way past the Orioles (16-24) to an 11-4 victory. Hughes struck out nine in just five innings, and Robinson Cano was the only Yankee with three hits and had a game-high three runs batted in.
The Orioles pecked away at the deficit with a two-run shot from Ty Wiggington in the fourth, and a solo shot from Adam Jones in the fifth. Hughes would exit the game after the fifth, despite striking out the side in his last inning.
With the Orioles threatening in the eighth, Joe Girardi put in closer Mariano Rivera, but the Yankees posted a long six-run rally in the eighth to remove any anxiety from Yankee fans. Girardi still kept Rivera in for the ninth. He allowed a home run, but also earned his eighth save. Full box score here.