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Pettitte leads Yankees past O's for sixth straight win

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NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte threw an early pitch exactly where he wanted, and watched Chris Davis launch it over the center-field wall.

Fortunately for Pettitte, most of his later offerings landed in the right spot.

Pettitte stopped the Orioles once again, Eduardo Nunez returned with a go-ahead hit and the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 5-4 Saturday for their season-high sixth straight win.

Pettitte (6-6) persevered on a hot, sticky day, hanging in after the Orioles took an early 3-0 lead and ending his four-start winless string.

"I've been frustrated," he said. "Every decision you're making, you feel like it's not the right one."

The 41-year-old Pettitte earned his 251st win, tying Hall of Famer Bob Gibson for 44th place on the all-time list.

Pettitte stretched his unbeaten streak against Baltimore to 11 starts dating to 2007, winning eight times. Overall, he is 28-6 against the Orioles -- only Yankees great Whitey Ford (30) has beaten the Birds more often since the franchise moved from St. Louis to Baltimore for the 1954 season.

Pettitte got a big cheer when he trotted off with two outs in the seventh inning after 100 pitches.

"It was smokin' hot," he said. "Didn't want my guys standing out there in the heat."

Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 29th save.

The Yankees overcame Davis' major league-leading 33rd home run and yet another double from Manny Machado, celebrating his 21st birthday. The Orioles have lost four of five.

"Anytime you're leading early in the game, you expect to continue to lead, or at least put up some more runs," Davis said.

"One- and two-run leads in this game don't last very long, especially in this ballpark and with their offense," he said.

Nunez came off the 60-day disabled list before the game and played for the first time since a strain on his left side slowed him in early May. His key hit helped end a seven-game winning streak by Chris Tillman (10-3).

Nunez had a sacrifice fly in the second, then singled and scored in the fifth. It was 4-all when Lyle Overbay opened the sixth with a single against Tillman and advanced on a two-strike sacrifice bunt by Luis Cruz.

Next up was Nunez, and he singled up the middle. Overbay brushed past catcher Taylor Teagarden with a headfirst dive.

Nunez didn't bat much during his rehabilitation assignment. He got three hits Friday night for Double-A Trenton.

"Nuney is kind of a free spirit. I don't think he thought a lot about not having a lot of at-bats," manager Joe Girardi said.

Davis put the Orioles ahead by lofting a high fly ball that kept drifting, carrying over Brett Gardner's leap. He matched his career high in home runs and RBIs (85), both achieved during the entire 2012 season.

Davis is tied for seventh-most homers by the All-Star game and still has more than a week to play before the break. Barry Bonds holds the mark with 39, followed by Reggie Jackson and Mark McGwire with 37 each, STATS said.

Machado hustled for his 39th double. That's the second most before the All-Star break, trailing only the 42 by Edgar Martinez in 1996, STATS said.

Alexi Casilla hit an RBI double for a 3-0 lead in the second. Teagarden, starting while catcher Matt Wieters got a day off, had an RBI single in the fourth.

Cruz hit an RBI single in the Yankees' second. Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano had RBI singles in the fifth that made it 4-all.

The gametime temperature was 91 degrees, and the steamy conditions took their toll.

Baltimore outfielders Nick Markakis and Nolan Reimold waited out a pitching change on one knee in the grass. Cano stepped out of the batter's box and glanced at the sky after the cloud cover seemed to distract him.

Notes

  • The Orioles acquired INF-OF Alex Liddi from Seattle. Baltimore also got international signing slot No. 3 and sent the No. 2 spot to the Mariners. The 24-year-old Liddi was designated for assignment on June 28 after going 1 for 17 with Seattle. He'll join Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Yankees RHP Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 2.95) will start Sunday, bumping Phil Hughes back a day. Kuroda skipped a start because a tweaked hip flexor. RHP Jason Hammel (7-5, 5.19) pitches for the Orioles in the series finale.
  • Yankees SS Derek Jeter was set to begin a rehabilitation assignment Saturday night for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Orioles DH Brian Roberts batted fifth as a starter for the first time in his career.
  • Also on the list of most homers by the All-Star break: Luis Gonzalez and Ken Griffey Jr. (35), Frank Howard (34) and Roger Maris, Sammy Sosa, Matt Williams, McGwire and Griffey, STATS said.
 
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Chris Davis hits his MLB-leading 33rd home run in the first inning at Yankee Stadium, but the O's can't hang on. (USATSI)
Chris Davis hits his MLB-leading 33rd home run in the first inning at Yankee Stadium, but the O's can't hang on. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

E. Nunez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Baltimore

A. Casilla
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4000012 .288
Manny Machado, 3B4010011 .315
Adam Jones, CF4120011 .290
Chris Davis, 1B4112022 .324
Brian Roberts, DH4010002 .267
J.J. Hardy, SS4110011 .254
Nolan Reimold, LF3110002 .196
    Nate McLouth, PH1000000 .284
Alexi Casilla, 2B3021001 .238
    Ryan Flaherty, PH1010000 .213
Taylor Teagarden, C3011002 .111
    Chris Dickerson, PH1000011 .266
Totals36411407  
a-grounded out for Reimold in the 9th
b-singled for Casilla in the 9th
c-struck out for Teagarden in the 9th
Batting
2B - Manny Machado (39, Pettitte), J.J. Hardy (16, Pettitte), Alexi Casilla (4, Pettitte)
HR - Chris Davis (33, Pettitte)
RBI - Chris Davis 2 (85), Alexi Casilla (9), Taylor Teagarden (5)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Davis 2 (26), Taylor Teagarden (4)
SB - Alexi Casilla (6, 2nd base off Pettitte/Stewart)
CS - Taylor Teagarden (1, 2nd base by Pettitte/Stewart)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nolan Reimold 1
DP - Reimold-Machado
PB - Taylor Teagarden (1)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Tillman (L,10-3) 5.11055230 3.92
Brian Matusz 1000110 3.78
Kevin Gausman 1.2000110 5.97
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 111-72, Brian Matusz 15-8, Kevin Gausman 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 8-4, Brian Matusz 2-0, Kevin Gausman 3-1
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 27, Brian Matusz 4, Kevin Gausman 6
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF4000013 .276
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4011002 .279
Robinson Cano, 2B3011100 .293
Travis Hafner, DH3100123 .222
Zoilo Almonte, LF3110002 .309
    Vernon Wells, PH-LF1000001 .234
Lyle Overbay, 1B4130001 .244
Luis Cruz, 3B3011011 .144
Eduardo Nunez, SS3122000 .217
Chris Stewart, C2110211 .239
Totals30510545  
a-flied out for Almonte in the 7th
Batting
SF - Eduardo Nunez (3)
SH - Brett Gardner (6), Luis Cruz (3)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (22), Robinson Cano (58), Luis Cruz (9), Eduardo Nunez 2 (6)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Cano-Nunez-Overbay
E - Andy Pettitte (2, Throwing)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andy Pettitte (W,6-6) 6.2943041 4.37
Shawn Kelley (H,4) 0.1000010 3.90
David Robertson (H,20) 1100010 2.29
Mariano Rivera (S,29) 1100010 1.39
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 100-65, Shawn Kelley 7-4, David Robertson 16-10, Mariano Rivera 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 6-9, David Robertson 1-0, Mariano Rivera 2-0
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 28, Shawn Kelley 1, David Robertson 3, Mariano Rivera 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42678
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Gary Darling