NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for fourth on the career home run list, connecting for No. 661 Thursday night and helping the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3.

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees celebrates his 661st home run during Thursday's game at Yankee Stadium in New York City. (Al Bello, Getty Images)

The Yankees star hit a liner off Chris Tillman into a secure area just to the left of Monument Park in center field in the third inning to give New York a 3-2 lead. A-Rod sent a soaring shot in the first that Delmon Young caught by reaching over the top of the wall in right field for a sacrifice fly.

The slugger pumped his fist as he rounded first base, and fans gave Rodriguez a standing ovation as he was greeted warmly in the dugout by his teammates.

Next up for Rodriguez: Babe Ruth at 714 home runs.

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