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Yankees power past Orioles to extend AL East lead

August 6, 2006

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jason Giambi, Derek Jeter, Johnny
Damon and Melky Cabrera all belted solo home runs to power the
New Yankees past the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 on Sunday at Camden
Yards.

After getting only one hit in a 5-0 loss to the Orioles on
Saturday, the Yankees flexed their muscles pounding out 12
hits, including three from recently acquired Bobby Abreu, to
register their sixth win in seven games and open up a two-game
lead on the Boston Red Sox top the American League East
standings.

All four New York homers came off Rodrigo Lopez, tying an
Orioles season high.

“I knew yesterday wasn’t going to really have anything to
do with today,” Yankees manager Joe Torre told MLB.com. “We’ve
been pretty good at bouncing back.”

Jeter kicked off the home run parade with a first-inning
blast while Damon went deep in the third, Cabrera homered to
lead off the fourth and Giambi notched his 32nd of the season
in the fifth.

The four home runs were more than enough support for
veteran Jaret Wright (8-6), who worked six solid innings
surrendering just one run on five hits.

Scott Proctor tossed 1-2/3 innings of scoreless relief
while Mariano Rivera collected the final four outs and his 28th
save of the season.

“He (Wright) always flirts with danger,” said Torre. “He
just manages to keep his head about him when there are men on
base.

“You sit on the edge of your seat, but when he gets in
trouble, he seems to think clearly and make pitches.”

Lopez (8-12) absorbed the loss giving up five runs on nine
hits in seven innings.

Jeff Conine was three-for-three and scored the Orioles’
only run on Nick Markakis’s fourth-inning RBI single.

In St. Petersburg, Greg Norton slammed a walk off solo home
run in the bottom of the 10th inning lifting the Tampa Bay
Devil Rays to a 7-6 win over the Red Sox.

Norton’s eighth homer of the season capped a riveting rally
by the Devil Rays, who trailed 6-2 heading into the seventh
inning.

After Tampa Bay scored a pair of runs in the seventh and
eighth to force extra innings, Norton took a 2-0 offering from
Julian Tavarez (2-4) and drove it over the left field fence to
give the Devil Rays their third win in four games and second
straight over the Red Sox.

“We battle, we don’t really care who we’re facing,” said
Norton. “Maybe it’s a lot of young guys who don’t know any
better.”

Travis Lee, Dioner Navarro and, Ben Zobrist, with his first
career home run, also homered for the Devil Rays.

Zobrist also delivered a key hit in the seventh when he
doubled home Norton and B.J. Upton to trim the Boston lead to
6-4.

Lee and Navarro then followed with solo shots in the
eighth.

David Ortiz slammed his major league best 40th homer of the
season for the Red Sox but could not keep Boston slipping
further behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Ortiz becomes the first Red Sox to hit 40 or more home runs
in three consecutive seasons.

Shawn Camp (4-0) faced just one batter to take credit for
the win.


Source: reuters



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