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Arrieta humbles the Yankees

The Sports Xchange
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Forget about preventing runs from scoring. Jake Arrieta didn't allow a Yankee to reach second base Wednesday night.

In one of the more impressive performances of his young career, the Orioles ace was dominant in eight shutout innings against the Yankees in the 5-0, series-clinching win.

Arrieta improved to 2-2, scattering five hits while striking out nine on 108 pitches. He didn't walk a batter, and he still hasn't allowed a home run in the hitter's haven that is the new Yankee Stadium.

He also ended Ivan Nova's winning streak that dated back to June 2011.

The win capped the Orioles' first series win in New York since 2010, and it put Baltimore seven games over .500 for the first time since 2005.

Arrieta didn't throw more than 18 pitches in any inning, using a sharp, hard curveball to keep the Yankees off balance. He said after the game he had a good feel for all four of his pitches.

"He was about as good as you could be," manager Buck Showalter said. "He got into a rhythm, and had great tempo, all the way through."

Catcher Matt Wieters added, "Jake was outstanding. He had a lot of 1-2 counts where it could have gone to 2-2 or 3-2, especially with their lineup. But he located his fastball, his breaking ball was great, and he was able to put away hitters."

The Orioles held the Yankees to three runs in the series -- the first time they've done so in a three-game set against New York since 1965.

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