Burnett won his fourth straight decision and Nick Swisher had a big game with his bat and glove, leading New York over the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 on Wednesday for its sixth consecutive victory.
Jorge Posada homered and drove in two runs, Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single and Rivera threw a called third strike past Aubrey Huff to convert his 24th consecutive save and 28th in 29 chances this season.
Swisher capped the early outburst with a two-run single and made three fine plays in right field, making up for a third-inning error. Swisher missed Roberts’ fly ball for a two-base error to start the third. But with runners at second and third, Burnett struck out Huff before Swisher ran down Ty Wigginton’s drive into the right-field corner.
Derek Jeter got New York started with a leadoff double, and Posada’s RBI double in the eighth made it 6-2. It appeared the four-run cushion would provide Rivera with a well-deserved rest, but Bruney couldn’t close it out after fanning his first two hitters. Bruney allowed two straight homers in the ninth to Adam Jones and Nick Markakis. Then Rivera entered.
Burnett took a four-hit shutout into the seventh.
Phil Hughes worked a scoreless eighth that included a strikeout and a double-play grounder
The Yanks welcome Oakland to town and the return of the G-Man. It will be the Big C as Sabathia takes the mound for the Bombers at 7:05 pm tonight.