New York at Baltimore

W: B. Burres (2-1) L: I. Kennedy (0-2)
S: J. Johnson (1)
HR: NYY - None   BAL - K. Millar (3)

Orioles' Burres, Johnson combine to shut out Yankees wire reports

BALTIMORE -- Ian Kennedy struggled to find the strike zone, and it cost the New York Yankees.

Brian Burres started and pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Orioles in a 6-0 win Saturday night, while Kennedy couldn't get past the third inning.

"It's as simple as throwing strikes," New York manager Joe Girardi said.

Kennedy (0-2) was behind in the count against 13 of the 17 pitchers he faced. He gave up four runs and five hits with five walks to raise his ERA to 9.64. New York lost its third straight.

"You can't win the way he is pitching. He got a lot of walks, and is behind a lot of hitters. He had a lot of three-ball counts," Girardi said.

Burres (2-1) wasn't sharp either, allowing five runs and walking four, but pitched out of jams in the first and second innings and left in the sixth with a 4-0 lead. Jim Johnson pitched the rest of the way, allowing the Yankees one hit in completing the shutout.

"I really tip my hat to Burres," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. "He really used his curveball, dropped down to left-handers and pitched aggressively. He stayed the course tonight and attacked and that helped to set the tone for the rest of the game."

It was the third straight win for the Orioles (11-7), who remained half a game behind Boston in the AL East. It was the first major league save for Johnson, who has not allowed a run over four appearances and nine innings.

"He has been very special to our team," Trembley said. "He has very good poise."

Johnson said he is pitching with more confidence and maturing in his delivery.

The Orioles also did the job at the plate. Ramon Hernandez and Aubrey Huff each drove in two runs and Kevin Millar had two hits and homered. Brandon Fahey added two hits.

"I think we're playing good team baseball and everybody's contributing and that's a good thing," Millar said. He added he was also seeing good things from Johnson.

"What J.J. is doing is throwing strikes," Millar said. "And that's a good thing."

Joba Chamberlain pitched a scoreless eighth inning for New York. Chamberlain returned to the team earlier in the day after missing five games to attend to his sick father in Nebraska.

Chamberlain said his father was doing much better and he was glad to be back with the team.

"What a day. I was at the hospital this morning, took a flight here, got on my uniform and went out to get warmed up," Chamberlain said. "It was nice to be back with the team."

In the first inning, Derek Jeter hit a two-out triple just past the glove of a diving Nick Markakis. Alex Rodriguez then reached on a squibber in front of the plate, with Jeter holding at third. Burres got out of the inning when Jorge Posada grounded to shortstop for a force out.

The Yankees also had runners at first and second with one out in the second, but Jose Molina hit into a double play.

Baltimore took a 1-0 lead in the second on back-to-back doubles by Hernandez and Fahey.

Millar put the Orioles up 2-0 with his third home run of the season, a 390-foot solo shot to left. Luke Scott and Huff walked and Hernandez's two-out double scored both runners to make it 4-0.

The Orioles added two more runs in the seventh on a one-out double by Huff which scored Markakis and Millar. Brian Roberts almost added to the lead, but his bases-loaded liner was stopped on a diving stab by Jorge Posada, who started at first base. It was just his 19th appearance there in 1,445 games.

"They are winning because they are playing fundamental baseball," Girardi said. "Their pitchers are throwing strikes and they are getting the hits when they need them."


  • Scott's single in the 5th extended his hitting streak to seven games, a season-high for the Orioles.
  • The last Orioles shutout was Sept. 13, a 4-0 win over the Angels.
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In a great night for Orioles pitching, Jim Johnson closes out the shutout over the powerful Yankees.  (AP)
In a great night for Orioles pitching, Jim Johnson closes out the shutout over the powerful Yankees. (AP)

Players of the Game

R. Hernandez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

A. Huff
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0

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Johnny Damon, LF2000220 .197
Melky Cabrera, CF3000101 .296
Derek Jeter, SS4010012 .300
Alex Rodriguez, DH4020001 .307
Jorge Posada, 1B4010003 .261
Hideki Matsui, RF4010001 .323
Morgan Ensberg, 3B3010002 .375
   a- Bobby Abreu, PH1000000 .309
Robinson Cano, 2B3000101 .164
Jose Molina, C3000001 .333
a-lined out for Ensberg in the 9th
3B - Derek Jeter (2, Burres)
SB - Melky Cabrera (3, 2nd base off Burres/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Jeter-Cano-Posada
E - Robinson Cano (4, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Ian Kennedy (L,0-2) 2.2544541 9.64
Ross Ohlendorf 3.1322130 3.77
Billy Traber 1100100 2.57
Joba Chamberlain 1000120 0.00
IBB - Hernandez by Billy Traber
HBP - Fahey (by Billy Traber)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 85-42, Ross Ohlendorf 48-33, Billy Traber 24-12, Joba Chamberlain 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 1-2, Ross Ohlendorf 3-4, Billy Traber 2-1, Joba Chamberlain 1-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 17, Ross Ohlendorf 14, Billy Traber 6, Joba Chamberlain 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4000114 .243
Melvin Mora, 3B5010022 .229
Nick Markakis, RF3100210 .328
Kevin Millar, 1B4221113 .254
Luke Scott, LF3110211 .386
Aubrey Huff, DH3112114 .238
Adam Jones, CF4000014 .241
Ramon Hernandez, C3122111 .192
Brandon Fahey, SS3021001 .176
2B - Aubrey Huff (5, Traber), Ramon Hernandez 2 (2, Kennedy, Kennedy), Brandon Fahey (1, Kennedy)
HR - Kevin Millar (3, Kennedy)
RBI - Kevin Millar (8), Aubrey Huff 2 (14), Ramon Hernandez 2 (10), Brandon Fahey (1)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Hernandez 2 (4)
SB - Brian Roberts (6, 2nd base off Kennedy/Molina)
PK - Brandon Fahey (1, Kennedy)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Fahey-Millar, B. Roberts-Fahey-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Burres (W,2-1) 5.2500420 3.63
Jim Johnson (S,1) 3.1100010 0.00
WP - Brian Burres (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Burres 88-51, Jim Johnson 41-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Burres 7-6, Jim Johnson 6-3
Batters Faced - Brian Burres 24, Jim Johnson 11
Game Information
Attendance - 41776
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Ed Montague