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N.Y. Yankees (56-49) «13000015010140
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Yankees 10, Orioles 6

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BALTIMORE -- Johnny Damon had an outstanding day at the plate, scoring four runs and collecting three hits and two RBI to help the New York Yankees end a three-game skid.

Yet, it was a defensive gem by the left fielder in Sunday's 10-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles that drew the most praise.

Baltimore had cut a 4-0 lead in half and had runners at the corners with two outs in the fourth inning when Damon sprinted far to his left to snare a rising liner by Brian Roberts and end the threat.

"That was the key play in the game," Orioles interim manager Dave Trembley said. "You can take all the other stuff on both sides, and it kind of balances out. Both teams hit the heck out of the ball."

Had the ball dropped in, Baltimore would have pulled even and had the potential go-ahead run at second. Instead, the Orioles never led in having their six-game winning streak end.

"I thought I had a double. Game tied," Roberts said.

Damon, who usually plays center field, said: "I just had to get used to the angles out there. I've been working hard, trying to figure out how the ball is going to spin off the hitter's bat. Fortunately, today I was able to run down a ball at a critical time in the game."

Manager Joe Torre was delighted with all facets of Damon's play, especially because it enabled the Yankees to avoid a three-game sweep.

"He had a great game, a great game. Defensively and offensively," Torre said.

Speaking specifically of the catch, the manager said, "It was big. Anytime you save runs it's huge."

New York's Alex Rodriguez, seeking his 500th home run, went 0-for-2 with a run-scoring grounder and three walks. He received a four-pitch walk from Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera in the fifth inning, was walked intentionally in the seventh and reached on a five-pitch walk in the eighth.

Since hitting No. 499 on Wednesday in Kansas City, Rodriguez is 0-for-12, including a groundout in the June 28 suspended game that was completed Friday night.

"We made big pitches to him, and he probably helped us out a little bit. He chased some pitches out of the strike zone," Trembley said.

New York shortstop Derek Jeter went 2-for-3 with two walks. He now has 7,218 at-bats, moving past Babe Ruth into fifth place on the Yankees' career list, but left the game in the eighth inning with a sore shoulder -- the result of a play at the plate six innings earlier.

"He did pretty well with it but it started to get tender," Torre said.

Chien-Ming Wang (12-5) gave up three runs and nine hits in six innings to help New York pull within four of the wild-card lead. He is 5-1 in his last six starts.

The Yankees led 5-4 before pulling away with a five-run eighth. Damon doubled and scored, and Bobby Abreu had a two-run single.

Roberts homered, Nick Markakis had three hits and Paul Bako drew a career-high four walks for the Orioles, who were denied a season-high seventh consecutive victory. The loss also ended Baltimore's eight-game home winning streak.

But the Orioles -- 11-5 since the All-Star break -- took consolation in giving the Yankees all they could handle.

"Everybody ought to feel proud of the way we played, and the fact this game was not a giveaway. We came back every time," Trembley said.

Cabrera (7-11) allowed four runs, six hits and five walks in six innings. He struck out five.

In his previous outing, Cabrera limited Tampa Bay to one hit in seven shutout innings. This time, the erratic right-hander permitted four runs, four hits and four walks in the first two innings.

He settled down, though, and the Orioles made a game of it.

Two innings after being robbed by Damon, Roberts hit an RBI single in the sixth to bring Baltimore to 4-3.

In the seventh, Damon singled, took third on a double by Jeter and scored on a fly by Hideki Matsui. Aubrey Huff hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half.

That made it 5-4, but New York pulled away in the eighth against reliever Paul Shuey. Matsui, who drove in a run with a groundout, finished 0-for-3 with three RBI.

Roberts hit a two-run homer in the Orioles' half.

The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning but scored only one run, on a flyball by Matsui.

New York made it 4-0 in the second. Successive doubles by Andy Phillips and Melky Cabrera produced a run, and Damon added an RBI single. Rodriguez drove in a run with a groundout, but Jeter was thrown out at the plate on the play.

Notes

The start of the game was delayed by rain for 42 minutes. ... Phillips extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games. ... Abreu snapped a 1-for-16 skid with a fifth-inning double, then was picked off. ... All three games in the series were sellouts. The series drew 144,290, fifth-highest for a three-game series at Camden Yards.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

J. Damon
AB 5
R 4
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Baltimore

B. Roberts
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, LF5432112 .247
Derek Jeter, SS3120200 .332
    Miguel Cairo, SS1000001 .255
Bobby Abreu, RF3122202 .270
Alex Rodriguez, 3B2001313 .302
Hideki Matsui, DH3003012 .290
Robinson Cano, 2B5021006 .299
Andy Phillips, 1B5110025 .304
Melky Cabrera, CF5231001 .291
Jose Molina, C2000000 .229
   a- Jorge Posada, PH-C1110100 .332
Totals3510141095  
a-walked for Molina in the 8th
Batting
2B - Johnny Damon (16, Shuey), Derek Jeter (27, Parrish), Bobby Abreu (23, Cabrera), Robinson Cano 2 (29, Cabrera, Baez), Andy Phillips (5, Cabrera), Melky Cabrera 2 (14, Cabrera, R. Bell)
SF - Hideki Matsui 2 (6)
SH - Jose Molina (4)
RBI - Johnny Damon 2 (38), Bobby Abreu 2 (61), Alex Rodriguez (103), Hideki Matsui 3 (71), Robinson Cano (54), Melky Cabrera (39)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (17)
PK - Bobby Abreu (2, Cabrera)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang (W,12-5) 6933410 3.61
Luis Vizcaino (H,7) 1211010 4.14
Kyle Farnsworth 1222111 4.57
Mariano Rivera 1200030 3.05
WP - Kyle Farnsworth (2), Mariano Rivera (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 94-54, Luis Vizcaino 15-11, Kyle Farnsworth 25-18, Mariano Rivera 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 8-7, Luis Vizcaino 1-1
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 29, Luis Vizcaino 5, Kyle Farnsworth 6, Mariano Rivera 5
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5123003 .316
Corey Patterson, CF5020002 .266
Nick Markakis, RF5130002 .293
Kevin Millar, 1B4010113 .270
Miguel Tejada, DH5130002 .309
Aubrey Huff, 3B4001013 .248
Jay Gibbons, LF5110013 .220
Paul Bako, C1210400 .215
Luis Hernandez, SS4022022 .344
   a- Chris Gomez, PH1000012 .308
Totals39615656  
a-struck out for Hernandez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis 2 (29, Wang, Vizcaino)
HR - Brian Roberts (8, Farnsworth)
SF - Aubrey Huff (3)
RBI - Brian Roberts 3 (38), Aubrey Huff (44), Luis Hernandez 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts (17), Luis Hernandez 2 (3)
CS - Corey Patterson (6, 2nd base by Wang/Molina)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Millar-Hernandez-Bako, Hernandez-B. Roberts-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera (L,7-11) 6644550 5.08
John Parrish 1211100 5.31
Paul Shuey 0.1244200 7.04
Danys Baez 0.2211100 5.86
Rob Bell 1200000 2.84
IBB - Rodriguez by John Parrish
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 110-62, John Parrish 16-8, Paul Shuey 24-10, Danys Baez 20-8, Rob Bell 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 8-3, John Parrish 2-1, Danys Baez 2-0, Rob Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 27, John Parrish 6, Paul Shuey 5, Danys Baez 5, Rob Bell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 47936
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Bob Davidson