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Wolf, Reynolds lift O's over Yanks

NEW YORK - The Baltimore Orioles say they want to win series. If they win two of every three games, they'll be fine.

At Yankee Stadium this weekend, they did just that.

After their 8-3 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday before 46,501, the Orioles are two games behind New York in the AL East. On July 18, they were 10 back.

"We want to win the division," Nick Markakis said. "That's the ultimate goal."

The Orioles (76-57) had a big scare. Chris Tillman, who had seemingly fulfilled his promise in recent weeks, left the game after three innings with right elbow stiffness. Tillman is headed back to Baltimore for an MRI while the team goes on to Toronto.

"It just feels achy and dead," Tillman said. "I felt OK, but at the same time, you don't want to push anything and make it worse. I'd like to keep going, but at the same time, the team doesn't deserve someone out there that's not going to be able to throw 100 percent."

When Tillman left with a 2-0 deficit, Randy Wolf came on. Wolf was activated on Friday and was making his first American League debut and just his sixth relief appearance after 14 seasons in the National League.

Wolf (1-0) allowed a run and three hits in 3 1-3 innings.

"You get that adrenaline and your blood going and your heart's going, but I don't know that I'd say I get nervous," Wolf said. "It was definitely different being out there as a reliever. Luckily, I've done it a few times, so it's not completely foreign, but I always thought pitching is pitching."

The Orioles got two home runs from Mark Reynolds for the second time in three games. He hit a solo shot off Phil Hughes (13-12) in the fifth and a three-run shot in the four-run sixth inning.

Reynolds now has 16 home runs, and was glad Baltimore was able to come back from a disappointing loss on Saturday.

"We could have won yesterday, but it's our goal all year to win series and sweep is a bonus," Reynolds said. "We are real happy with getting two out of three here and will head up to Toronto and take care of our business there."

With 29 games to play, the Orioles keep getting questions about their surprising season. They're now just eight wins away from the first winning season since 1997.

"We have a great bunch of players," Luis Ayala said. "There's no names, but there's men. We've done the little things, scored enough runs to keep us in games. We're winning the games. I think we're playing much better. We started slowly in the start of the second half, but now we're playing some great baseball. I think it's a great feeling. It's a great time to do some great things."

Ayala relieved Wolf with the Orioles ahead 5-3 in the seventh and got Derek Jeter to end the inning with a double play.

In the eighth, Baltimore pulled away by scoring three runs off five New York (76-57) pitchers. Robert Andino had a bases-loaded walk and Markakis had a two-run single.

Markakis had three hits. He, more than any other of the Orioles, can enjoy the team's success. Baltimore won six of nine games in New York, winning three series here for the first time since 1976. The six wins equal the number in the previous three seasons.

"It's a different year, right? We've got a good group of guys here," Makakis said. "We get down early, tough stadium to come back in. This and Fenway, two toughest parks to come down from a deficit."

NOTES: Joe Saunders, Zach Britton and Miguel Gonzalez are the Orioles' scheduled pitchers against Toronto's J.A. Happ, Carlos Villaneuva and Brandon Morrow.

\... Matt Wieters set a franchise record by hitting in 14 straight games against the Yankees this season.

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