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A-Rod's 100th RBI not enough as O's edge Yankees

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NEW YORK -- Brian Matusz, Brian Roberts and Buck Showalter ended a frustrating stretch at Yankee Stadium for the revived Baltimore Orioles.

Matusz won his fourth straight start and Roberts had a pair of two-out RBI singles off A.J. Burnett, including a go-ahead hit in the seventh inning that propelled Baltimore to a 4-3 victory Monday. The AL-worst Orioles got their first win in seven tries this year at Yankee Stadium.

Career HR Leaders
PlayerTotal
1. Barry Bonds762
2. Hank Aaron755
3. Babe Ruth714
4. Willie Mays660
5. Ken Griffey Jr.630
6. Sammy Sosa609
7. Alex Rodriguez-y605
8. Frank Robinson586
9. Jim Thome-y585
10. Mark McGwire583

"I hope we get to the point where we're not reminding: '09 and the last time we did this and the last time we did that," said Showalter, the new Orioles manager. "I'm not real sure if they're aware of it in a statistical term, but they're aware of it emotionally, probably. So, that's part of changing kind of where we've been."

Baltimore had lost 17 of 19 games in the Bronx coming in, but the Orioles came to New York for the first time under Showalter, the Yankees' manager from 1992-95. Baltimore has won three in a row against Tampa Bay and New York, improving to 20-13 since Showalter took over.

"Health certainly has a lot to do with it," Roberts said. "Starting pitching probably is the biggest difference. I don't know if you can attribute that to Buck or not."

Showalter said he didn't gain special satisfaction at winning at new Yankee Stadium.

"It's a different place. Obviously, it's just a real busy place," Showalter said. "I know I'm probably preaching to the choir - it's kind of like Arlington, like where the Cowboys play. If you watch the game on TV, all the people in the stands are watching everything else. Anybody that wants to put a sign up, wanted to pony up, they've got an opportunity."

In his second game since returning from the disabled list, Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in two runs to reach 100 RBI for the 13th straight season and record 14th time overall. He surpassed Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx, who each reached 100 RBI 13 times.

"Obviously you try to come out and be consistent every year," Rodriguez said. "It's nice."

New York lost its second in a row following a season-high, eight-game winning streak. Still a major league-best 86-52, the Yankees began the day 2½ games in front of second-place Tampa Bay in the AL East and leads after play on Labor Day for the 41st time, according to STATS LLC. The Yankees have failed to finish first only twice in those years, in 1906 and 1944.

"Yesterday and today are just two games," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Our focus is on the division. What we want to do is win the division and have the best record in the American League."

Matusz (8-12) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, beating the Yankees for the first time in four decisions against New York this season.

"You can't just walk over us, because we're playing good baseball right now," he said. "It's fun to come out and beat teams in our division."

Matt Albers, Jim Johnson and Koji Uehara finished, with Uehara pitching a perfect ninth for his seventh save in seven chances.

Burnett (10-13) lost for the fifth time in six decisions, giving up four runs, seven hits and four walks in seven innings. Burnett and CC Sabathia, New York's scheduled starter Tuesday, entered the series a combined 24-4 against Baltimore.

"You have to be able to shut them down after your team scores," Burnett said. "I wasn't able to do that."

Postseason Chase

Josh Bell doubled leading off the third, with Brett Gardner trying for an outstanding leaping grab in left-center only to allow the ball to pop free when his glove hit the field. Roberts, who went 3 for 5, singled and Felix Pie hit into a run-scoring double-play grounder.

Rodriguez's first homer in 12 at-bats against Matusz tied the score in the fourth. The drive off the back wall of the visiting bullpen in left-center gave Rodriguez 22 homers this season and 605 overall.

Roberts singled in runs in the fifth and seventh, around Matt Wieters' sacrifice fly in the sixth. The Yankees had tied the score in the sixth on Rodriguez's sacrifice fly and Robinson Cano's sun-aided pop single to left that that fell past Pie, the left fielder, and shortstop Cesar Izturis.

"I'm not going to make an excuse, but I can see how it happened," Showalter said. "I've seen it a lot here."

Notes

  • 3B Josh Bell made an excellent sliding pickup on Derek Jeter's grounder with runners on second and third, ending the fifth. Wieters threw out pinch-runner Greg Golson trying to steal second in the seventh.
  • Orioles OF Adam Jones, out of the starting lineup since aggravating a left shoulder injury Wednesday, could return Tuesday.
  • Roberts, who fouled a ball off a foot in the first, twice was thrown out trying for second on throws home.
 
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Corey Patterson slides home with the game-winning run while Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli waits for the throw.  (AP)
Corey Patterson slides home with the game-winning run while Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli waits for the throw. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

B. Roberts
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, 2B5032011 .280
Felix Pie, LF4110020 .284
Nick Markakis, RF3010100 .288
Luke Scott, DH2000212 .286
Matt Wieters, C1001201 .254
Ty Wigginton, 1B4000015 .250
Corey Patterson, CF4110002 .270
Cesar Izturis, SS3110022 .236
Josh Bell, 3B4120002 .226
Totals3049357  
Batting
2B - Cesar Izturis (12, Burnett), Josh Bell (5, Burnett)
SF - Matt Wieters (4)
SH - Cesar Izturis (7)
RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (13), Matt Wieters (49)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (4)
Team LOB - 6
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brian Matusz (W,8-12) 6533241 4.71
Matt Albers (H,5) 1000110 4.20
Jim Johnson (H,5) 1000110 5.93
Koji Uehara (S,7) 1000020 2.18
WP - Brian Matusz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 106-66, Matt Albers 13-7, Jim Johnson 18-9, Koji Uehara 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 7-7, Matt Albers 1-0, Jim Johnson 1-1
Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 25, Matt Albers 3, Jim Johnson 4, Koji Uehara 3
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS4010002 .264
Nick Swisher, RF3100111 .292
Mark Teixeira, 1B4110001 .266
Alex Rodriguez, 3B2112101 .267
    Eduardo Nunez, PR-3B0000000 .286
Robinson Cano, 2B4011011 .319
Marcus Thames, LF3010000 .302
    Curtis Granderson, CF1000000 .249
Jorge Posada, DH4000032 .261
Francisco Cervelli, C1000100 .254
   a- Lance Berkman, PH0000100 .244
    Greg Golson, PR0000000 .375
    Chad Moeller, C0000000 .182
   b- Colin Curtis, PH1000010 .250
Brett Gardner, CF-LF3000021 .285
Totals3035348  
a-walked for Cervelli in the 7th
b-struck out for Moeller in the 9th
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (26, Matusz)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (22, Matusz)
SF - Alex Rodriguez (9)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (100), Robinson Cano (94)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (35)
CS - Greg Golson (2, 2nd base by Albers/Wieters)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Swisher 1, Marcus Thames 1
DP - Teixeira-Jeter, Rodriguez-Cano-Teixeira
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
A.J. Burnett (L,10-13) 7744450 5.15
Boone Logan 0.2100110 2.38
David Robertson 1.1100010 3.86
WP - A.J. Burnett (14), David Robertson (6)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 104-63, Boone Logan 20-12, David Robertson 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 5-7, David Robertson 1-2
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 28, Boone Logan 4, David Robertson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 46103
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - James Hoye