Ori­oles win their fifth straight game

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY DAN CON­NOLLY

bal­ti­more — Af­ter the Ori­oles lost June 3 in Hous­ton, their fifth straight de­feat to drop them six games un­der .500, even the most ar­dent pro­claimers of ‘It’s still early” had to en­vi­sion this sea­son ca­reen­ing off the tracks.

Well, ap­par­ently it was still early.

With the Ori­oles’ 9-4 win against the first-place New York Yan­kees be­fore a rowdy an­nounced crowd of 38,909 Satur­day night at Cam­den Yards, the Ori­oles (31-30) are rid­ing a sea­son-high six-game win­ning streak and are over .500 for the first time since May 3.

Most im­por­tant, they are now just two games be­hind the Yan­kees (33-28) in the Amer­i­can League East race and go for a sweep Sun­day with promis­ing rookie Mike Wright on the mound. It would be the club’s sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sweep at home and make them 6-0 on the home­s­tand against the ri­val Yan­kees and Bos­ton Red Sox.

Yes, still early for the de­fend­ing AL East champs— go fig­ure.

The Ori­oles’ of­fense bashed the Yan­kees for the sec­ond straight night, us­ing 15 hits, in­clud­ing three homers and seven to­tal ex­tra base hits, to score nine runs. On Fri­day, they scored 11 and have to­taled 32 in their five games here this week.

On Satur­day night, right-han­der Bud Nor­ris was mak­ing his sec­ond start af­ter deal­ing with a bout of bron­chi­tis that sent him to the dis­abled list and cost him al­most a month of the sea­son. His first start back was Sun­day, when he al­lowed one run in five innings in a win against the In­di­ans in Cleve­land – which kick started this cur­rent Ori­oles’ win­ning streak.

Satur­day didn’t start well for Nor­ris, who al­lowed two runs and three hits in the first in­ning Satur­day. With two outs, Mount St. Joseph’s grad­u­ate Mark Teix­eira sin­gled to left to give the Yan­kees a 1-0 lead. He then scored from first when Brian McCann dou­bled against the right field wall.

Del­mon Young mis­played the carom, forc­ing cen­ter fielder Adam Jones to pickup the bal­land heave it. A slid­ing Teix­eira sneaked his left hand un­der Matt Wi­eters’ tag for the Yan­kees’ sec­ond run.

Nor­ris would cruise af­ter that, re­tir­ing 13 of his next 14 bat­ters while tak­ing a two-run lead into the sixth in­ning. But he couldn’t hold the lead, al­low­ing a lead­off sin­gle and an his­toric two-run homer to Alex Ro­driguez in the sixth — the 666th of his ca­reer, giv­ing him 2,001 ca­reer RBI, sec­ond all-time be­hind Hank Aaron.

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Bal­ti­more’s Nolan Reimold, left, greet­sMan­nyMachado af­ter the lat­ter hit his 11th home run, a two-run shot in the fifth in­ning.

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