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BALTIMORE -- Bobby Abreu didn't make an out, the New York Yankees hit four home runs and mounted a rare late-inning rally to earn a satisfying victory.
The only drawback was that Mike Mussina failed to make any ground in his bid to become a 20-game winner for the first time during a career that started in 1991.
Abreu went 5-for-5 to tie a career high in hits, and the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Friday night.
Abreu scored the tying run on a wild pitch and Xavier Nady followed with an RBI single in the eighth inning for the Yankees, who improved to 3-50 when trailing after seven innings.
The 39-year-old Mussina again struggled against his former team and remains stuck on 16 victories. The right-hander gave up four runs and nine hits over six innings and left with Baltimore ahead 4-3.
"I kept us in the game. We were never out of it," Mussina said. "We got the at-bats we needed in the end."
Mussina is 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in three starts against the Orioles this season. He has allowed three home runs in his last 11 starts -- all of them to Baltimore, and two to Ramon Hernandez.
"To hold them to four runs the way I pitched the last two times against them, this was pretty good," Mussina said. "If you can hold them to one run an inning, it's not as demoralizing to your team. We were able to stay in and come back and win it."
Baltimore scored single runs in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings against their one-time ace.
"Moose did a great job of limiting damage tonight," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Abreu led off the eighth with his fourth hit, a single off Jamie Walker (1-1). Alex Rodriguez followed with a double, sending Abreu to third, and Jason Giambi popped out. Rookie Kam Mickolio replaced Walker and immediately threw a wild pitch to score Abreu.
"I was trying to be too perfect with it, and I was far from it on that one," Mickolio said.
Nady followed with an opposite-field single to right to make it 5-4.
Cody Ransom hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Fernando Cabrera and Nady followed with a solo shot. Earlier, Robinson Cano and Jose Molina hit successive home runs.
Jose Veras (4-2) worked the seventh, Damaso Marte got two outs in the eighth and Mariano Rivera finished for his 29th save in 30 tries.
Abreu's five hits matched a career high, set Aug. 8, 1999, with Philadelphia against Arizona.
"The key to the whole game was we didn't get Abreu out at all," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "He won't chase bad pitches; that's probably why he is as good of a hitter as he is."
Derek Jeter got his 2,500th career hit, a bloop single in the first inning. He joins Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth as the only players to have 2,500 hits as Yankees.
Hernandez homered and drove in two runs, and Aubrey Huff also had two RBI for the Orioles.
Baltimore took a 4-3 lead in the sixth. Kevin Millar hit a one-out double, advanced on a single by Luke Scott and scored on a fly to the warning track by Hernandez.
But it wasn't enough to beat Mussina, whose only loss since June 30 was against the Orioles.
"I think we've done our homework on him and faced him enough so that we have a pretty good idea how he pitches," Trembley said. "What you have to do is make him throw it over the plate. You can't chase it."
Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before the game, Baltimore starter Radhames Liz yielded hits to the first three New York batters. Johnny Damon doubled, took third on Jeter's milestone hit and scored on a single by Abreu.
Baltimore tied it in the bottom half on a two-out RBI single by Huff.
Huff gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the third, bouncing an RBI single between the legs of second base umpire Ed Rapuano after Nick Markakis and Melvin Mora singled with one out.
Hernandez made it 3-1 in the fourth with his second home run in two games and 14th of the season. The drive also extended his hitting streak to 12 games, one short of his career high.
Cano and Molina homered off Liz in the fifth to tie it at 3.
"They had 'Hit Me' stamped on them," Trembley said. "The ones Cabrera threw at the end might have had 'Double Hit Me' on them."
The Orioles have a steal in four straight games after getting only three in their previous 31 games. ... Markakis got his 14th assist, throwing out Giambi trying to stretch a single to right. ... Cano's homer landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field wall, the third by a Yankee this season. Giambi had the other two.
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|New York Yankees|
|Johnny Damon, CF||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.312|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||0||1||0||0||2||0||.296|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||5||2||5||1||0||0||0||.295|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||5||2||2||0||0||1||3||.309|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.250|
|Cody Ransom, 1B||1||1||1||3||0||0||0||1.000|
|Xavier Nady, LF||5||1||2||2||0||2||0||.328|
|Hideki Matsui, DH||3||0||0||0||2||1||0||.313|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.263|
|Jose Molina, C||4||1||1||1||0||2||4||.227|
|2B - Johnny Damon (26, Liz), Alex Rodriguez 2 (28, Walker, Cabrera)|
|HR - Cody Ransom (2, Cabrera), Xavier Nady (21, Cabrera), Robinson Cano (11, Liz), Jose Molina (2, Liz)|
|RBI - Bobby Abreu (82), Cody Ransom 3 (5), Xavier Nady 2 (78), Robinson Cano (56), Jose Molina (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Cody Ransom 3 (5), Xavier Nady (33)|
|CS - Bobby Abreu (10, 2nd base by Liz/Hernandez)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Rodriguez-Cano-Giambi|
|New York Yankees|
|Jose Veras (W,4-2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.78|
|Damaso Marte (H,20)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.45|
|Mariano Rivera (S,29)||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.60|
|HBP - Huff (by Damaso Marte)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Mussina 110-75, Jose Veras 11-5, Damaso Marte 6-4, Mariano Rivera 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Mussina 6-7, Jose Veras 2-1, Mariano Rivera 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Mike Mussina 25, Jose Veras 3, Damaso Marte 3, Mariano Rivera 4|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.299|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.301|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Aubrey Huff, DH||3||0||2||2||0||0||0||.301|
|Kevin Millar, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.249|
|Luke Scott, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.272|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||3||1||1||2||0||0||0||.257|
|Jay Payton, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.239|
|Juan Castro, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.202|
|2B - Kevin Millar (24, Mussina)|
|HR - Ramon Hernandez (14, Mussina)|
|SF - Ramon Hernandez (5)|
|RBI - Aubrey Huff 2 (89), Ramon Hernandez 2 (56)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aubrey Huff (36)|
|SB - Brian Roberts (32, 2nd base off Mussina/Molina)|
|CS - Luke Scott (2, 2nd base by Mussina/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1|
|DP - Mora-B. Roberts-Millar, Hernandez-B. Roberts|
|PB - Ramon Hernandez (9)|
|E - Juan Castro (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Rocky Cherry (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||7.20|
|Jamie Walker (H,8; L,1-1)||0.1||2||2||2||0||0||0||5.64|
|Kam Mickolio (BS,1)||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||9.00|
|WP - Kam Mickolio (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Radhames Liz 83-52, Dennis Sarfate 23-12, Rocky Cherry 11-8, Jamie Walker 13-7, Kam Mickolio 6-4, Alberto Castillo 29-16, Fernando Cabrera 13-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Radhames Liz 4-3, Dennis Sarfate 1-1, Alberto Castillo 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Radhames Liz 21, Dennis Sarfate 5, Rocky Cherry 3, Jamie Walker 3, Kam Mickolio 1, Alberto Castillo 6, Fernando Cabrera 4|
|Attendance - 43543|
|Game Time - 3:23|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Ed Hickox|