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Jeter extends hitting streak to 20; Yankees top Orioles

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- Derek Jeter keeps hitting, and the New York Yankees continue to win.

It's no coincidence.

Jeter extended his career-high hitting streak to 20 games, going 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI to lead New York over the Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Sunday.

Jeter hit a double in the first inning and gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead with a two-run homer in the third. He added a run-scoring grounder in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the sixth before finishing with a ninth-inning groundout.

His 20-game hitting streak is the longest by a Yankee since Bernie Williams' 21-game run in August 1993. New York is 12-8 since Jeter last went hitless.

"He's just a flat-out good player," Williams said.

Yankees leadoff hitter Johnny Damon has scored 106 runs this season, in part because he's batting ahead of Jeter in the lineup. Jeter batted third on Sunday, but he's usually in the 2-hole.

"We're putting together a nice supporting cast around him and it shows. He could very well be the MVP," Damon said. "He's the guy you want coming up in the clutch. I always hope I'm on base for him."

Damon was on third base in the fourth inning when Jeter hit a grounder to the right side that easily produced another run and moved Melky Cabrera to third.

"I like when he's hitting in key situations," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He seems to know what to do, even something as simple as a groundball to second with nobody out to get a runner in and a runner over. He just never lets his guard down."

Jaret Wright (10-7) allowed three runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn his first win since Aug. 12. He struck out two, walked two and did not permit a runner past first base until Ramon Hernandez homered in the fifth.

"I tried to stay on the attack, tried to get ahead," Wright said. "Before that I was getting in trouble being behind in the count."

The victory boosted New York (85-56) past Detroit for the best record in the AL.

"This is our high-water mark right now, 29 games over," Torre said. "You don't worry about who you're behind or who you're ahead, if you can get the right number of games over .500 you're going to be there."

The Orioles will not, and now it's official. Baltimore fell a season-high 18 games under .500 (62-80) and were officially eliminated from playoff contention with Minnesota's 12-1 win over Detroit.

Hernandez went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI, his third multihomer game of the season and the sixth of his career. But Baltimore managed only three other hits in losing for the sixth time in seven games.

Former Oriole Sal Fasano and Nick Green homered for New York. It was Fasano's first home run with the Yankees since joining the team in a July 26 trade with Philadelphia.

All three homers came off Baltimore rookie Hayden Penn (0-2), who yielded seven runs, nine hits and two walks in three-plus innings. Coming off a 2006 debut in which the right-hander gave up eight runs and retired only two batters against Oakland, Penn lowered his ERA from 108.00 to 36.82.

But there were few positives in his second straight poor performance.

"Right now I'm searching for answers. I just didn't get it done," he said.

Penn got through the first inning this time, but New York struck for three runs in the second. Robinson Cano hit a leadoff double and Aaron Guiel walked before Fasano homered on a 3-2 pitch.

Jeter hit his 13th homer in the third after Cabrera doubled. Green led off the fourth with his second home run, and Penn departed immediately before Jeter drove in Damon with a grounder to second for a 7-0 lead.

After Hernandez ruined Wright's shutout bid, a sacrifice fly by Jeter and Bobby Abreu's RBI single put the Yankees up 9-1 in the sixth.

Wright was pulled after issuing two walks in the seventh. Ron Villone retired David Newhan before Hernandez hit his 18th homer, an opposite-field shot to left.

Notes

New York played a second straight game without 1B Jason Giambi (hand injury) and 3B Alex Rodriguez (ill). ... Baltimore DH Jay Gibbons was a late scratch because of back spasms. ... The Yankees didn't go down in order until the seventh. ... Fasano's three RBI were one more than he had in his first 18 games with the Yankees.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

D. Jeter
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Baltimore

R. Hernandez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
 
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, DH4210100
Melky Cabrera, LF4220110
Derek Jeter, SS4124000
Bobby Abreu, RF3011101
    Andy Phillips, 1B0000100
Robinson Cano, 2B5120003
Bernie Williams, CF5000003
Aaron Guiel, 1B-RF3110110
Sal Fasano, C4123012
Nick Green, 3B4111011
Totals3691295410 
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera 2 (, Penn, Abreu), Derek Jeter (, Penn), Robinson Cano (, Penn)
HR - Derek Jeter (, Penn), Sal Fasano (, Penn), Nick Green (, Penn)
SF - Derek Jeter ()
RBI - Derek Jeter 4 (), Bobby Abreu (), Sal Fasano 3 (), Nick Green ()
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cano-Jeter-Guiel
E - Derek Jeter (, )
New York Yankees
Jaret Wright (W,-) 6.1333221
Ron Villone 0.1211001
Brian Bruney 1.1000010
Scott Proctor 1100010
HBP - Fahey (by Ron Villone)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaret Wright 96-69, Ron Villone 10-7, Brian Bruney 14-11, Scott Proctor 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaret Wright 10-7, Brian Bruney 2-1
Batters Faced - Jaret Wright 24, Ron Villone 4, Brian Bruney 4, Scott Proctor 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4010011
Chris Gomez, 1B4010012
Nick Markakis, RF4000002
Miguel Tejada, SS2000101
    Jeff Fiorentino, PR-LF1100000
Kevin Millar, DH4000002
Fernando Tatis, 3B3110110
David Newhan, CF4000002
Ramon Hernandez, C4234001
Brandon Fahey, LF-SS3000012
Totals334642413 
Batting
2B - Fernando Tatis (, Proctor)
HR - Ramon Hernandez 2 (, Wright, Villone)
RBI - Ramon Hernandez 4 ()
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Hernandez 4 ()
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Tejada-Gomez, B. Roberts-Tejada-Gomez
Baltimore Orioles
Hayden Penn (L,-) 3977213
Russ Ortiz 2100110
Winston Abreu 0.1122100
Bruce Chen 1.2100010
Chris Britton 1000010
Julio Manon 1000100
WP - Russ Ortiz ()
Pitches-Strikes - Hayden Penn 66-36, Russ Ortiz 32-18, Winston Abreu 14-8, Bruce Chen 17-10, Chris Britton 15-11, Julio Manon 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hayden Penn 4-4, Russ Ortiz 3-1, Bruce Chen 2-1, Chris Britton 1-1, Julio Manon 1-2
Batters Faced - Hayden Penn 20, Russ Ortiz 7, Winston Abreu 3, Bruce Chen 5, Chris Britton 3, Julio Manon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40125
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman