NEW YORK(AP) The moment belonged to
. The long, rainy night belonged to the
Jeter broke the
New York Yankees
' hit record held by
for more than seven decades, but Baltimore overcame an early deficit for a 10-4 victory Friday night in a game delayed twice
Jeter's third-inning single to right field gave him 2,722 hits, one more than Gehrig, whose Hall of Fame career was cut short
by illness in 1939.
''It's still hard to believe for me,'' Jeter said. ''It really hit home when we got back here after our last road trip.''
The captain added an RBI single in the fourth that put the Yankees up 4-1 before the Orioles rallied against
and the New York bullpen.
Jeter's record-breaking hit was remarkably similar to the one that tied Gehrig on Wednesday night, a sharp grounder inside
the first-base line. After this one, Yankees players poured out of the dugout and engulfed Jeter at first base with hugs and
pats on the back.
''For those who say today's game can't produce legendary players, I have two words:
. Game in and game out he just produces,'' Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said in a statement.
Jeter said he spoke to Steinbrenner during the second rain delay.
''It was great to hear from him. I think our relationship has been well-documented throughout the years. We've been pretty
close since I came up,'' Jeter said. ''We miss seeing him around here as much as we used to, but it was great to hear his
voice and he had a lot of great things to say.''
Jeter spread his arms wide after rounding first base and clapped his hands emphatically as he headed back to the bag. Then,
his teammates came out to congratulate him.
''It was pretty spontaneous, but it was well-deserved,''
said. ''Just capturing the moment. ''That's a lot of hits.''
Rain-drenched fans, many wearing bright ponchos, roared during an ovation that lasted about 3 minutes. Jeter twice waved his
helmet to the crowd of 46,771 - just as he did after tying the record. Fans chanted his name and the ball was taken out of
play as a souvenir.
''It wasn't ideal conditions tonight and for the fans to stick around, it really means a lot,'' Jeter said. ''I felt like
they're just as much a part of this as I am.''
When his opposite-field grounder got past diving first baseman
, Jeter's parents raised their arms in excitement. Joining them in an upstairs box filled with family and friends were his
sister and steady girlfriend, actress Minka Kelly.
Jeter said his mother nearly didn't make it to the game because she was in Tampa, Fla., earlier in the day and her flight
Baltimore spoiled some of the fun, though.
had three RBIs, including a two-run single off
(1-2) that put the Orioles ahead during a four-run sixth.
added two RBIs and
hit a two-run single in the seventh just before play was stopped for 67 minutes.
When the game resumed, Jeter was pulled along with several other Yankees starters. By the time it ended at 1:28 a.m., there
were only a few hundred hardy souls in the stands.
The start was delayed 87 minutes by rain that soaked the warning track with large puddles. Jeter struck out in the first inning
against 21-year-old rookie
(2-3), but gave fans the record-breaking moment they came to see his next time up.
''He's part Yankee history now,'' Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. ''He has always represented himself and that organization
with class, and he deserves it.''
Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the first inning for the Yankees, a shot that sailed into the second deck in left field.
Pettitte labored through five innings and left with a 4-3 lead after 103 pitches.
''He has been phenomenal. He's almost a sure thing whenever he's pitching against us here at Yankee Stadium,'' Trembley said.
''Fortunately, we were able to work him and get his pitch count up.''
Tillman struck out a career-high eight in five-plus innings.
worked three scoreless innings for his first major league save.
NOTES: Orioles CF
was batting in the sixth when he came out of the game because of back spasms. He was replaced by pinch-hitter
, who reached on an infield single. Fiorentino stayed in the game to play center. ... Baltimore 3B
was hit in the right elbow by Pettitte's pitch in the fifth, forcing home a run. Mora was pulled in the sixth for pinch-hitter
, who singled and remained in the game at third base.