NEW YORK, SEPT. 26 -- Dave Righetti set a major league record for career saves by a left-hander and Steve Balboni homered as the New York Yankees came away with a 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles tonight.

Starter Chuck Cary (6-11) surrendered five hits and both Baltimore runs before being forced to leave in the seventh inning when he tore the nail on the middle finger of his left hand.

Jeff Robinson gave up an infield hit in 1 1/3 innings and Righetti pitched a perfect ninth for his 35th save in 38 opportunities this season. The Yankees have won only 64 games.

It was the 223rd save of Righetti's career, breaking the mark for lefties he shared with Sparky Lyle. Rollie Fingers, a right-hander, holds the all-time record of 341 saves.

Balboni's 17th homer leading off the fourth gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead and Jim Leyritz doubled home an unearned run off Jeff Ballard (2-11) later in the inning.

Baltimore's Cal Ripken hit his 20th homer in the sixth, joining Dale Murphy of the Philadelphia Phillies as the only hitters to have 20 or more home runs in each of the last nine seasons.

Randy Velarde's RBI groundout made it 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth. The Orioles scored on Steve Finley's RBI single in the seventh and the Yankees added a run in their half on Jesse Barfield's infield single that scored Steve Sax from third.