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BALTIMORE -- Andy Pettitte picked up a victory in his final start before the playoffs. The fashion in which he got it, however, wasn't exactly what the left-hander had in mind.
In his tuneup for Game 2 of the divisional series at Cleveland, Pettitte (15-9) yielded nine runs and eight hits -- including two home runs -- in five innings.
"I wanted to have a good outing. You never want to finish the regular season on that. You know what I'm saying?" he said. "I'm extremely thankful I feel good, my arm feels great and I hope I can give us a lot of good starts in the postseason."
New York manager Joe Torre attributed the shaky outing to the fact that the Yankees had already clinched the wild card and fell out of contention in the AL East on Friday night.
"(With) the intensity with which we've played here for so long, it's a natural," Torre said. "Physically, he's fine."
The most surprising aspect of Pettitte's performance is that it came against the Orioles. In 31 career starts before Saturday, he was 21-6 with a 3.63 ERA against Baltimore.
"There was no doubt it, it's not the same once you have it wrapped up. There's no question about it, I'm extremely disappointed in this outing," he said. "You never want to go out there and get knocked around and not make quality pitches. I made a bunch of bad pitches. We won the game, which is a miracle -- I give up nine runs and get a win out of it. That's pretty unbelievable."
There was no drop-off in production by baseball's highest-scoring team: Each of the starters scored at least once, and shortstop Alberto Gonzalez was the only one who failed to get a hit.
Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera (9-18) put an appropriate finish on a horrid season by giving up seven runs and 10 hits in three-plus innings. He went 0-6 in his last eight starts and took over the major league lead in losses.
"I didn't think he was sharp from the first inning," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "You'd like to think when you get six runs and you get a lead like that and you're going up against Pettitte, you take charge of it and put that sucker away.
"But he didn't have much finish to his pitches," Trembley said, "and the outs he was getting the balls were hit pretty hard. Then it really unraveled on him in that one inning."
Before New York sent 13 batters to the plate in the fourth, Baltimore dominated.
Markakis gave the Orioles a 2-0 first-inning lead with 23rd home run after a walk to Melvin Mora. Jorge Posada hit an RBI single in the second for New York, but Baltimore scored twice in the bottom half and made it 6-1 in the third.
Then came the fourth. Posada, Duncan and Bronson Sardinha singled before Gonzalez reached on an error. Melky Cabrera followed with a two-run double and Wilson Betemit singled in a run to chase Daniel Cabrera.
Kurt Birkins entered and walked Bobby Abreu before giving up a double to Jason Giambi. Cano then hit a two-run single, Posada struck out and Duncan hit his seventh home run on a 3-2 pitch.
Hernandez hit a three-run shot in the fifth and Payton added a solo shot in the eighth.
"It's hard to come back after giving up 10 in one inning, but we did," Trembley said. "That tells you something about playing for pride."
|The Yanks' bats come to life in the fourth, particularly Shelley Duncan's, which produces a 3-run shot. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||5||1||1||2||0||1||0||.274|
|Wilson Betemit, 3B||5||1||2||1||0||1||0||.226|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||4||1||2||0||1||0||1||.285|
|Jason Giambi, DH||3||1||2||1||2||0||1||.237|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||5||2||2||2||0||0||3||.306|
|Jorge Posada, C||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.338|
|Jose Molina, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.247|
|Shelley Duncan, 1B||4||2||2||2||0||0||1||.264|
|Bronson Sardinha, LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||1||.250|
|Alberto Gonzalez, SS||4||1||0||0||0||0||2||.091|
|2B - Melky Cabrera (24, Cabrera), Wilson Betemit (11, Cabrera), Jason Giambi (8, Birkins), Robinson Cano (41, Cabrera)|
|HR - Shelley Duncan (7, Santos)|
|RBI - Melky Cabrera 2 (73), Wilson Betemit (47), Jason Giambi (37), Robinson Cano 2 (97), Jorge Posada (90), Shelley Duncan 2 (17), Bronson Sardinha (1)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Cano-Duncan, Gonzalez-Cano-Duncan|
|E - Bronson Sardinha (1, Dropped fly)|
|New York Yankees|
|Andy Pettitte (W,15-9)||5||8||9||8||3||0||2||4.05|
|Edwar Ramirez (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||8.14|
|Ron Villone (H,4)||2||1||1||1||1||0||1||4.25|
|Jose Veras (S,2)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||5.79|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 79-49, Edwar Ramirez 16-13, Ron Villone 24-13, Jose Veras 16-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 5-10, Edwar Ramirez 1-1, Ron Villone 1-4, Jose Veras 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 26, Edwar Ramirez 3, Ron Villone 7, Jose Veras 4|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||0||1||1||1||0||0||.290|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||4||1||0||0||1||1||2||.274|
|Nick Markakis, RF||5||3||3||2||0||1||1||.300|
|Miguel Tejada, DH||3||1||0||0||2||0||2||.295|
|Kevin Millar, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.252|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||4||2||2||4||0||0||0||.258|
|Jay Payton, LF||3||2||1||1||1||0||1||.258|
|Tike Redman, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.328|
|Luis Hernandez, SS||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.308|
|a- J.R. House, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Brandon Fahey, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.170|
|a-flied out for Hernandez in the 8th|
|2B - Ramon Hernandez (18, Pettitte)|
|HR - Nick Markakis (23, Pettitte), Ramon Hernandez (9, Pettitte), Jay Payton (7, Villone)|
|SH - Tike Redman (1)|
|RBI - Brian Roberts (57), Nick Markakis 2 (112), Ramon Hernandez 4 (62), Jay Payton (58), Luis Hernandez (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts (24)|
|SB - Brian Roberts (50, 2nd base off Veras/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1|
|DP - B. Roberts-Hernandez-Millar, B. Roberts-Hernandez-Millar, B. Roberts-Hernandez|
|PB - Ramon Hernandez (9)|
|E - Luis Hernandez (3, Throwing)|
|Daniel Cabrera (L,9-18)||3||10||7||6||1||1||0||5.55|
|Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 71-42, Kurt Birkins 14-7, Victor Santos 35-18, Jim Hoey 21-13, Fernando Cabrera 20-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 6-2, Victor Santos 3-2, Jim Hoey 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 20, Kurt Birkins 4, Victor Santos 8, Jim Hoey 5, Fernando Cabrera 5|
|Attendance - 47616|
|Game Time - 3:10|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Larry Vanover|