Freaky streak - O's win fifth straight despite losing to Yanks

July 28, 2007|By DAVID GINSBURG

BALTIMORE - Rookie Jeremy Guthrie limited the New York Yankees to two runs in six innings, and the Baltimore Orioles won their fifth straight, beating nemesis Andy Pettitte in a 4-2 victory Friday night.

Earlier, the Yankees defeated Baltimore 8-7 in the completion of a game suspended on June 28 by rain. Play resumed in the eighth inning with the Yankees up 8-6, and closer Mariano Rivera gave up a run in a harrowing ninth before earning his 16th save.

That game officially occurred last month, so after it was over the Orioles could resume their quest to win a seventh straight at home.

Ramon Hernandez went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Kevin Millar homered off reliever Scott Proctor to make it 4-2 in the eighth.


New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez started the night needing one home run to reach 500 for his career. He grounded out in his only at-bat after the suspended game was resumed, then went 0-for-2 with two walks and two routine fly balls.

A crowd of 47,952 provided the Orioles with their first sellout since opening day.

Guthrie (7-3) gave up six hits, struck out four and walked three. He has won his past three starts, allowing only four earned runs in 19 innings.

Chad Bradford, the fourth Baltimore reliever, worked the ninth for his first save.

Pettitte (6-7) permitted three runs and eight hits in eight innings. He was 20-5 against the Orioles in his career, including 12-3 at Baltimore. The left-hander's 12 wins at Camden Yards are five more than any other visiting pitcher.

New York went up 1-0 in the second when Andy Phillips drew a one-out walk and scored on a triple by Melky Cabrera

Baltimore wasted three singles in the bottom half, but took a 3-1 lead in the third when Hernandez hit a two-run, two-out single and Jay Gibbons followed with an RBI single.

The Yankees got runners to second and third with one out in the fifth before Guthrie threw a third strike past Derek Jeter and retired Bobby Abreu on a grounder. New York pulled within a run in the sixth when Rodriguez drew a leadoff walk and scored on a single by Robinson Cano.

But relievers John Parrish, Paul Shuey and Jamie Walker kept the Yankees in check until Bradford finished up.

New York went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position after going 0-for-12 in a 7-0 loss to Kansas City on Thursday night.

In the suspended game, Mike Myers (2-0) got the last out in the Baltimore seventh and returned Friday to face two batters in the eighth before Rivera entered and got an inning-ending double play.

In the ninth, Rivera yielded a pinch-hit RBI single to Hernandez but got the final out with runners on the corners.

Parrish (2-1), who gave up a two-run single to Jeter immediately before rain halted play for a month, took the loss.

Notes: The Orioles activated SS Miguel Tejada (wrist) from the 15-day disabled list. He endured a hitless night. ... The Yankees sent struggling LHP Kei Igawa to Triple-A Scranton and recalled INF Chris Basak from the same club. ... Orioles umpire attendant Ernie Tyler served in his 3,679th straight home game, but will voluntarily end the streak Saturday to go to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame induction of Cal Ripken.

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