Mussina is rocked by Orioles

July 02, 2003

BALTIMORE - Mike Mussina has struggled at Camden Yards before.

Just never as a Yankee.

Rodrigo Lopez allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings and the Baltimore Orioles battered Mussina, ending the Yankees' eight-game winning streak with a 7-3 victory Tuesday night.

"I've had these kind of games here before," said Mussina, an Oriole from 1991-2000. "It's tough anyplace to go walking out that early in a ballgame and know it wasn't your best effort."

Melvin Mora homered and Tony Batista and B.J. Surhoff each drove in two runs for the Orioles, who snapped a five-game losing streak.


Mussina (10-5) endured his shortest outing of the season, lasting only 2 2/3 innings and lost his first game in Baltimore as an opposing pitcher. He allowed five runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out two. It was Mussina's quickest exit since a two-inning stint in a 9-3 loss to Florida on July 12, 2001.

"I tried everything I could try," Mussina said. "I used every pitch I had and still found a way to give up base hits. ... It's nothing to dwell on. They had a good game. I didn't."

Lopez (2-4) scattered 12 hits, walked none and struck out six as the O's halted a nine-game losing streak to the Yankees.

New York's Jason Giambi went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, ending a string of 37 consecutive games in which he reached base safely. That was the second-longest of the season, behind only the 39-game streak of San Francisco's Barry Bonds.

"He pitched big when he needed to," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "He got Giambi out ... (four) different times. You get Giambi out like he did tonight and you have really good stuff because Jason is one of the best hitters in the game today."

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