By Steve Ginsburg
BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The New York Yankees left it late to dampen the Baltimore Orioles' first post-season appearance in 15 years with a 7-2 victory in the rain-delayed opener of their American League Division Series on Sunday.
New York erupted for five runs in the ninth inning, snapping a tense 2-2 tie and spoiling the party for the 47,841 orange-clad fans on a chilly night at a sold-out Camden Yards.
Russell Martin opened the inning by knocking a 91 mph belt-high, fast ball from Orioles' All-Star reliever Jim Johnson into the left field seats.
Martin's tie-breaking homer was followed by an RBI single by Ichiro Suzuki, a two-run double by Robinson Cano and a sacrifice fly by Nick Swisher.
Southpaw CC Sabathia got the win for New York, pitching 8 2/3 innings, before giving way to reliever David Robinson for the final out of a game that started two-and-a-half hours later than scheduled due to intermittent rain.
Game Two of the best-of-five series is also in Baltimore on Monday.
(Editing by John O'Brien)
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