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Orioles finally make Yankees crack in 13-2 rout

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BALTIMORE -- At long last, the Baltimore Orioles and rookie manager Lee Mazzilli celebrated a victory over the New York Yankees.

David Newhan set career highs with four hits and three RBI, and Baltimore emphatically ended its lengthy skid against the Yankees with a 13-2 victory Wednesday night.

Miguel Tejada homered and drove in four runs for the Orioles, who had lost nine straight against New York, including seven games this year by a combined 70-35 score.

It marked the first time Mazzilli, a former coach with the Yankees, got the best of his mentor, New York manager Joe Torre.

"It's good to break the ice," Mazzilli said. "To be honest, you don't want to keep losing. After last week, getting a win right now no matter we play is crucial."

It was only the second win in 10 games for the last-place Orioles, who cranked up the music in the clubhouse after getting a season-high 17 hits. Two newcomers played key roles in the win. Newhan, signed as a free agent Friday after being released by Texas, went 4-for-5 and is 9-for-16 in his five games with the Orioles.

He's been subbing for third baseman Melvin Mora, who is on the brink of returning from a foot injury. But Mazzilli intends to find a place for Newhan and his torrid bat.

"Oh yeah, when a guy's hitting .600, you're going to find a way," Mazzilli said.

Baltimore lost the lead in five of its seven previous games against New York, and this one appeared headed in the same direction when the Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth against rookie Erik Bedard with the score 7-2.

Making his first appearance since being obtained Monday night in a trade with the Kansas City Royals, right-hander Jason Grimsley struck out Ruben Sierra and Tony Clark before Miguel Cairo bounced out to second.

After leaving to a standing ovation, the sinkerball specialist pulled off a sufficient encore by working a perfect seventh.

"It's always nice when you do your job, but to do it in this ballpark against that team in front of these fans, it makes it that much better," said Grimsley, who pitched for New York in 1999 and 2000.

Baltimore pulled away by scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning. Tejada hit his 12th homer, a two-run shot, in the eighth.

"A loss like this is easier to deal with because you can't find one particular thing to blame it on," Torre said. "We came away empty with the bases loaded. Hopefully we got everything out of the way in one game and we'll get something started tomorrow."

Bedard (2-2) allowed seven hits and one earned run in five-plus innings. He was 0-1 in five starts since earning his first major league win on May 19 in Seattle.

The Yankees had won nine in a row and were 19-3 this season against left-handed starters.

New York starter Jon Lieber (5-5) gave up a season-high seven runs, five earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed 11 hits in his shortest outing of the year.

"The bottom line is I know I'm much better than this," the right-hander said. "It's definitely embarrassing. I'm embarrassed for this ballclub, to go out there and just get beat around."

The Orioles went up 3-0 in the first inning. Brian Roberts hit a leadoff single and scored on a triple by Newhan before Tejada had an RBI single, and Jay Gibbons added a sacrifice fly.

New York got a run in the third on an RBI single by Bernie Williams.

Baltimore took advantage of two New York errors in a four-run fourth that made it 7-1. Javy Lopez hit a leadoff single, but was cut down at the plate after Sierra overran a single to right by Gibbons.

It was only a temporary setback. After Luis Matos beat out an infield hit, Lieber muffed a comebacker by Larry Bigbie, allowing Gibbons to score. Jerry Hairston then doubled in two runs and scored on a two-out single by Newhan.

A two-out error by Tejada at shortstop enabled New York to score an unearned run in the fifth.

Notes

  • Bedard has allowed no more than two earned runs in nine of his 12 starts.
  • Yankees OF Gary Sheffield missed his second successive game with bursitis in his left shoulder.


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Miguel Tejada and Brian Roberts are slap-happy after the Orioles finally take down the Yanks.
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Tejada
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
New York

B. Williams
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York Yankees
Bernie Williams, CF4121000 .269
Derek Jeter, SS4000011 .254
    Enrique Wilson, SS0000000 .212
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3000112 .292
Jason Giambi, DH3010100 .247
Jorge Posada, C4020002 .268
    John Flaherty, C0000000 .161
Hideki Matsui, LF3000101 .279
    Bubba Crosby, LF0000000 .231
Ruben Sierra, RF4010014 .259
Tony Clark, 1B4000034 .213
Miguel Cairo, 2B4110003 .301
Totals332713617 
Batting
2B - Bernie Williams (11, Bedard), Jason Giambi (8, Bedard)
RBI - Bernie Williams (23)
SB - Miguel Cairo (4, 2nd base off Bedard/Lopez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ruben Sierra 1, Bernie Williams 1
DP - Jeter-Cairo-Clark
E - Jon Lieber (3, Misplayed grounder), Ruben Sierra (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Jon Lieber (L,5-5) 3.21175010 5.26
Tanyon Sturtze 2.1233140 5.06
Felix Heredia 2433011 8.64
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lieber 71-50, Tanyon Sturtze 47-29, Felix Heredia 32-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lieber 3-5, Tanyon Sturtze 1-2, Felix Heredia 1-4
Batters Faced - Jon Lieber 20, Tanyon Sturtze 10, Felix Heredia 10
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4210102 .259
David Newhan, 3B5243011 .563
Miguel Tejada, SS5334012 .303
Rafael Palmeiro, 1B5121000 .259
Javy Lopez, C4020012 .309
    Robert Machado, C0000000 .143
Jay Gibbons, RF3111002 .227
    Tim Raines Jr., RF0000000 .273
Luis Matos, CF3121001 .240
Larry Bigbie, LF4101021 .248
Jerry Hairston Jr., DH4222010 .320
Totals371317131611 
Batting
2B - Miguel Tejada (12, Sturtze), Javy Lopez (11, F. Heredia), Jerry Hairston Jr. (6, Lieber)
3B - David Newhan (1, Lieber)
HR - Miguel Tejada (12, F. Heredia)
SF - Jay Gibbons (1), Luis Matos (1)
RBI - David Newhan 3 (4), Miguel Tejada 4 (58), Rafael Palmeiro (41), Jay Gibbons (26), Luis Matos (22), Larry Bigbie (33), Jerry Hairston Jr. 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - David Newhan (1), Miguel Tejada 2 (18)
SB - Brian Roberts (21, 2nd base off Sturtze/Posada)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Newhan-B. Roberts-Palmeiro, Palmeiro-Tejada
E - Miguel Tejada (12, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
Erik Bedard (W,2-2) 5721330 4.11
Jason Grimsley (H,6) 2000020 3.14
B.J. Ryan 1000000 2.23
Mike DeJean 1000010 6.67
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 107-65, Jason Grimsley 24-17, B.J. Ryan 8-5, Mike DeJean 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 7-4, Jason Grimsley 4-0, B.J. Ryan 3-0, Mike DeJean 1-1
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 24, Jason Grimsley 6, B.J. Ryan 3, Mike DeJean 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41678
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Terry Craft, Third Base - Mike DiMuro