New York at Baltimore

N.Y. Yankees
W: R. Lopez (4-7) L: A. Small (0-3)
HR: NYY - None   BAL - J. Lopez (4), K. Millar (5), B. Fahey (2), J. Lopez (5)

Orioles 11, Yankees 4

CBS wire reports

BALTIMORE -- The Lopez & Lopez tandem staged another successful performance, this time at the expense of the New York Yankees.

Javy Lopez hit two of Baltimore's four home runs, Rodrigo Lopez won his third consecutive start, and the Orioles won 11-4 Sunday to avert a three-game sweep.

Rodrigo Lopez had gone winless in nine consecutive starts before Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo put Javy Lopez, the backup to Ramon Hernandez, behind the plate to catch the right-hander on May 25 in Seattle.

Lopez & Lopez have been a team for three starts now, and Rodrigo Lopez is 3-0 during that time. He blanked the Yankees through six innings before being chased in the seventh, but by that time the Orioles had built a huge lead.

On Sunday, Javy Lopez did more than just call the right pitches. He led off the second inning with a homer and hit a three-run drive in the fifth to make it 10-0. It was his 22nd career multihomer game, the first since 2004.

"A day like this is always good to have. It kind of got my confidence back where I want it," said Lopez, who entered with three homers in 37 games. "At the same time, catching Rodrigo in another winner makes me feel even better."

Lopez took credit for making Rodrigo Lopez pick up the pace, but said the pitcher has done most of the work in turning around his dismal start.

"Rodrigo has been the consistent the last three starts hitting the corners and keeping the ball down," he said.

Kevin Millar and rookie Brandon Fahey homered in a five-run third against Aaron Small (0-3).

"The first two games of the series weren't great for us (two one-run losses), but we scrounged back and got a big win today," Millar said.

Fahey had three hits and two RBI, and Corey Patterson stole two bases to raise his AL-leading total to 25. He has steals in eight games in a row, the longest run in the majors since Kenny Lofton had an eight-game streak in 1996.

The short-handed Yankees were without Jason Giambi, who missed a second consecutive game with a stomach virus.

Alex Rodriguez returned after missing two games with the same ailment, going 0-for-4 with a walk, but New York lost Derek Jeter after Rodrigo Lopez hit him in the right hand with a pitch in the sixth inning. The injury was diagnosed as a bruised thumb; X-rays were negative.

"Thank goodness the results of the X-rays were fine," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Hopefully he'll be all right tomorrow."

The loss dropped New York a half-game behind first-place Boston in the AL East. The teams begin a four-game series in New York on Monday.

The Yankees took two of three from the Orioles without some of their top hitters, but Torre doesn't want to face the Red Sox without Jeter and Giambi.

"I want to be optimistic. I know if they're not back it's only because it's impossible," the manager said. "If there is any chance at all they'll be back for that series. Everybody seems to forget what's wrong with them."

New York entered Sunday's game with two impressive streaks, one of which ended. The Yankees extended their run of games with at least 10 hits to 11, but failed to take a lead for the first time in 16 games.

That's because Rodrigo Lopez was sharp from the outset and Small yielded three homers and seven runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Small, who went 10-0 for New York last year, has a 9.67 ERA.

"Bad location," Torre said. "When he gets hurt it's location, because he certainly doesn't have enough velocity to go and challenge people. He pretty much has to locate his pitches. That was the case right from the get-to today."

The Orioles went up 1-0 in the first inning. Melvin Mora snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a bunt single, took third on a hit-and-run single by Miguel Tejada and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hernandez.

Javy Lopez homered in the second, and Baltimore batted around to take a 7-0 lead in the third. Mora hit a leadoff double and scored on a single by Tejada, who took third on a double by Hernandez. Millar hit the next pitch over the left-field wall, and Fahey chased Small with a drive off the right-field foul pole.

Javy Lopez connected off former Oriole Scott Erickson in the fifth.

The Yankees avoided their first shutout of the season when Miguel Cairo singled in a run in the seventh before rookie Kevin Thompson, playing in place of Jeter, hit a three-run double.

Patterson singled in the bottom half, stole two bases and scored on a single by Fahey.


Small has yielded nine homers in 22 1/3 innings. Last year, he gave up four in 76 innings. ... All three games in the series were sellouts, giving Baltimore four this season. ... Thompson's RBI were his first in the majors.

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Players of the Game

J. Lopez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2

R. Lopez
IP 6.2
H 7
ER 4
BB 2
K 2

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Johnny Damon, CF3020000 .295
    Kelly Stinnett, C2010012 .232
Melky Cabrera, LF4110102 .301
Derek Jeter, SS2000012 .344
    Kevin Thompson, PR-RF1013100 .400
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Jorge Posada, C-1B4010004 .293
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   a- Bernie Williams, PH-CF1000013 .265
Miguel Cairo, 3B-SS4111001 .250
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2B - Johnny Damon (14, Lopez), Kevin Thompson (1, Lopez)
RBI - Kevin Thompson 3 (3), Miguel Cairo (11)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Thompson 3 (3)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Jeter-Cano-Phillips, Erickson-Cano-Posada, Phillips-Cano-Posada
PB - Jorge Posada (2)
New York Yankees
Aaron Small (L,0-3) 2.2977103 9.67
Matt Smith 1.1000110 0.00
Scott Erickson 3544011 7.59
Ron Villone 1000100 1.88
HBP - Millar (by Scott Erickson)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Small 51-33, Matt Smith 20-11, Scott Erickson 53-32, Ron Villone 12-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Small 4-3, Matt Smith 1-2, Scott Erickson 2-5, Ron Villone 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Small 17, Matt Smith 5, Scott Erickson 14, Ron Villone 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5000013 .309
Melvin Mora, 3B4220101 .291
Miguel Tejada, SS5121001 .335
Ramon Hernandez, DH3111000 .305
Kevin Millar, 1B2213100 .233
Corey Patterson, CF4220002 .286
Javy Lopez, C4224011 .278
Brandon Fahey, LF4132000 .291
    Luis Matos, LF0000000 .184
Nick Markakis, RF3010102 .229
2B - Melvin Mora (14, Small), Ramon Hernandez (12, Small)
HR - Kevin Millar (5, Small), Javy Lopez 2 (5, Small, Erickson), Brandon Fahey (2, Small)
SF - Ramon Hernandez (2)
RBI - Miguel Tejada (44), Ramon Hernandez (44), Kevin Millar 3 (23), Javy Lopez 4 (22), Brandon Fahey 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Fahey (4)
SB - Corey Patterson 2 (25, 2nd base off Erickson/Stinnett, 3rd base off Erickson/Stinnett)
Team LOB - 4
DP - T. Williams-Lopez-Millar, B. Roberts-Tejada-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Rodrigo Lopez (W,4-7) 6.2744220 6.75
Chris Britton 0.1000010 1.76
Kurt Birkins 0.1200010 0.55
Todd Williams 1.2100100 4.71
HBP - Jeter (by Rodrigo Lopez), Cano (by Kurt Birkins)
WP - Rodrigo Lopez (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 107-66, Chris Britton 6-3, Kurt Birkins 14-7, Todd Williams 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 9-9, Todd Williams 3-0
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 30, Chris Britton 1, Kurt Birkins 4, Todd Williams 5
Game Information
Attendance - 47535
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Mike Winters