The New York Yankees escaped from Camden Yards with their lead in the A.L. East intact, and as a bonus, slugger Curtis Granderson worked his way out of an annoying slump.
Granderson came off the bench to hit his 35th homer and drive in five runs, and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-3 Sunday to regain sole possession of first place in the division and earn an important split of the season series.
Derek Jeter also homered for the Yankees, who lead the Orioles by one game with 22 left. Each team won twice in a four-game set that drew 173,572 fans, including 40,346 in the finale.
"The bottom line is we're in first place," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "The one thing that you want to be able to do is just rely on your club. You don't want to have to rely on other people."
New York finished 9-9 against Baltimore this season. Had the Orioles won Sunday, they would have received home-field advantage in a playoff game if the teams finish tied atop the division. Baltimore also would have had home-field advantage if the Yankees and Orioles finish tied for both wild-card berths.
Now, if the teams are tied, record within the division will be the tiebreaker.
Granderson didn't start because he was stuck in a 5-for-43 skid. He entered as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and hit a solo shot to put New York up 6-3, then delivered a two-run single in the seventh to provide a five-run cushion.
"Any way to try and help
Teixeira returned Saturday night from a 10-day absence, then hurt himself on the final play of New York's 5-4 loss to Baltimore.
Teixeira is expected to have an MRI on Monday.
Rays: B.J. Upton hit three home runs as Tampa Bay beat the Texas Rangers 6-0. "You kind of dream about doing things like that and they don't happen very often," Upton said.
Upton hit solo homers in the first, fourth and sixth innings. He struck out in the second and received a standing ovation before hitting a broken-bat grounder to third in the eighth. "They were talking to me about (hitting a fourth home run) in the dugout, but I wasn't trying to do that," Upton said. "I broke that bat, and I wasn't too happy about that."
Angels: Los Angeles ace Jered Weaver took a stride toward returning to the starting rotation this week by emerging pain-free from a long-toss session in the outfield. Manager Mike Scioscia said Weaver will throw from the bullpen mound Monday, increasing the likelihood the right-hander will start Wednesday in the third game of a critical four-game series against the wild-card leading A's.
Cardinals: St. Louis right-hander Jake Westbrook will miss his next start because of a strained right oblique muscle.
Westbrook was injured in the fifth inning of Saturday's 6-3 loss to Milwaukee.
Wire services contributed to this report.