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Cano leads seventh-inning charge, pushing Yanks past Orioles

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BALTIMORE -- Career win No. 280 for Randy Johnson wasn't one of those gems that serve as a testament to his greatness. Rather, it was a victory that speaks volumes about the perseverance of the New York Yankees and the inability of Fernando Tatis to play left field.

Robinson Cano doubled in three runs with a seventh-inning line drive over a stumbling Tatis, giving the Yankees the lead for good Monday night in a 9-6 comeback victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Derek Jeter went 2-for-5 to extend his career-best hitting streak to 21 games and help the Yankees stretch their lead in the AL East over Boston to a season-high 10½ games. New York, which won three of four from the Orioles, lowered its magic number to 10 for its ninth straight division title and moved 30 games over .500 (86-56) for the first time since 2004.

Johnson (17-10) won his third straight start, allowing five runs and nine hits in six innings. When he walked off the mound for the last time, New York trailed 5-2.

But the Yankees sent 10 men to the plate in a six-run seventh, the key blow a liner by Cano that probably should been caught.

After a sacrifice fly by Bobby Abreu and an RBI single by Alex Rodriguez brought New York to 5-4, Baltimore rookie James Hoey (0-1) loaded the bases when he hit Jorge Posada with a pitch. That brought up Cano, who hit a rising liner to left at Tatis, an infielder by trade.

Tatis turned one way, then another before falling in a heap as the ball soared over his glove. Bernie Williams followed with an RBI single for an 8-5 lead.

That made a winner out of Johnson, who is 6-1 in his last seven starts.

"It's not the way I drew it up, but along the way there have been games like this where you've won, and then there have been some real good pitched games that you've lost, so they say everything evens out," he said. "It was just a game where I realize, from an individual standpoint, I'm very fortunate the offense picked me up."

Hoey gave up six runs and four hits, walking one and hitting two batters in 2/3 innings.

"The hardest ball hit off him should have been caught," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo lamented. "If (Tatis) makes that play, we're out of the inning. That pretty much told the story."

With his 1,068th win with the Yankees, New York manager Joe Torre moved past Miller Huggins for third place on team's all-time list, trailing only Joe McCarthy (1,460) and Casey Stengel (1,149).

"Anytime you're in the company of Stengel and McCarthy and Huggins it's pretty special territory," Torre said. "When you think of Babe Ruth, you always think of Miller Huggins, so that's a pretty good era to be compared to."

New York's comeback ruined a fine performance by Orioles starter Rodrigo Lopez, who pitched six gritty innings as an emergency replacement for Kris Benson, who was scratched with strep throat.

Lopez, who pitched two innings of relief on Saturday, gave up two runs and five hits in six innings, striking out five and walking three.

"He did plenty good enough," Perlozzo said. "He did his job better than we thought he was going to."

Ramon Hernandez hit his 19th homer for the Orioles, the third in two games, to make it 8-6 in the eighth. But Baltimore, which got a season-high three hits from Chris Gomez, could get no closer.

After Rodriguez hit his 32nd homer off Chris Ray in the ninth, Kyle Farnsworth got three outs for his fourth save.

The loss dropped the Orioles a season-high 19 games under .500 (62-81) and assured them a ninth straight season without a winning record.

Baltimore took a 4-2 lead with a three-run fifth. Gomez singled and David Newhan was hit by a pitch, and both advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Brian Roberts. Melvin Mora followed with a two-run single, Nick Markakis singled and Miguel Tejada capped the uprising with a sacrifice fly.

Doubles by Kevin Millar and Gomez made it 5-2 in the sixth, but the lead wouldn't last.

The Yankees wasted successive singles by Johnny Damon and Jeter in the first inning, then took a 2-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Melky Cabrera and a run-scoring grounder by Damon.

Baltimore got a run back in the third when Tatis hit a triple and scored when the relay throw from Cano at second base skipped past third and into foul territory.

Notes

  • Bill Spade, a New York firefighter who performed a rescue operation at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • The scoreboard at Camden Yards listed Rodriguez as a shortstop during his first at-bat. He moved to 3B in 2004.
  • NY OF Hideki Matsui, who has been on the DL since May 12 with a fractured left wrist, will be activated Tuesday and may start at DH vs. Tampa Bay, Torre said.
 
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 He isn't the Randy Johnson of old, but he has been on a roll as of late, winning 6 of his last 7 starts.  (AP)
He isn't the Randy Johnson of old, but he has been on a roll as of late, winning 6 of his last 7 starts. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

R. Cano
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF3111200
Derek Jeter, SS5120001
Bobby Abreu, RF3001122
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5232013
Jorge Posada, C3100103
Robinson Cano, 2B5113002
Bernie Williams, DH4111121
Aaron Guiel, 1B2110000
   a- Craig Wilson, PH-1B1000011
    Andy Phillips, 1B0000000
Melky Cabrera, LF4111011
Totals3591095714 
a-struck out for Guiel in the 7th
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (, Hoey)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (, Ray)
SF - Bobby Abreu ()
RBI - Johnny Damon (), Bobby Abreu (), Alex Rodriguez 2 (), Robinson Cano 3 (), Bernie Williams (), Melky Cabrera ()
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (), Robinson Cano 3 (), Bernie Williams ()
CS - Johnny Damon (, 2nd base by Lopez/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Robinson Cano (, )
New York Yankees
Randy Johnson (W,-) 6955060
Brian Bruney (H,) 1000020
Scott Proctor (H,) 0.2111111
Mike Myers (H,) 0.1000010
Kyle Farnsworth (S,) 1100020
HBP - Newhan (by Randy Johnson)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 97-64, Brian Bruney 15-9, Scott Proctor 17-10, Mike Myers 5-3, Kyle Farnsworth 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 6-6, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0
Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 28, Brian Bruney 3, Scott Proctor 4, Mike Myers 1, Kyle Farnsworth 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4000033
Melvin Mora, 3B5122020
Nick Markakis, RF5010023
Miguel Tejada, SS4011001
Ramon Hernandez, C4111002
Kevin Millar, DH4110011
Fernando Tatis, LF3110122
Chris Gomez, 1B4131011
David Newhan, CF2110001
   a- Chris Widger, PH1000011
    Jeff Fiorentino, CF0000000
Totals36611511215 
a-struck out for Newhan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kevin Millar (, R. Johnson), Chris Gomez (, R. Johnson)
3B - Fernando Tatis (, R. Johnson)
HR - Ramon Hernandez (, Proctor)
SF - Miguel Tejada ()
SH - Brian Roberts ()
RBI - Melvin Mora 2 (), Miguel Tejada (), Ramon Hernandez (), Chris Gomez ()
Team LOB - 7
Baltimore Orioles
Rodrigo Lopez 6522350
James Hoey (BS,; L,-) 0.2466100
Brian Burres 1.2000010
Chris Ray 0.2111111
HBP - Guiel (by James Hoey), Posada (by James Hoey)
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 94-57, James Hoey 38-23, Brian Burres 22-16, Chris Ray 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 4-8, James Hoey 1-1, Brian Burres 2-2
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 25, James Hoey 9, Brian Burres 5, Chris Ray 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21742
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Scott Barry