New York (44-25) at Baltimore (29-38)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Jun 24, 2004
  • TV: YES, CSN
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Sidney Ponson looks to snap the longest losing streak of his career as the Baltimore Orioles conclude a three-game series with the New York Yankees at Camden Yards.

Ponson gave up five runs and eight hits over seven innings in a 5-3 defeat to the Colorado Rockies on Friday, losing his sixth straight start.

The frustrated right-hander did not speak with the media afterwards for the second time in three outings.

“Sidney threw well,” Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said. “We had opportunities to back him and missed.”

Ponson has allowed at least six runs in four of six starts during the slide and owns a 7.62 ERA over that span. Nonetheless, holding the Rockies to just four earned runs in hitter-friendly Coors Field was an encouraging sign for the 27-year-old hurler, who had given up 26 runs in his previous 24 innings.

The Orioles pounded the Yankees 13-2 on Wednesday, snapping a nine-game losing streak to New York that included seven defeats this season by a combined score of 70-35.

“It’s good to break the ice,” said Mazzilli, who earned his first win over the team he spent the previous four seasons with as a coach. “To be honest, you don’t want to keep losing. After last week, getting a win right now no matter who we play is crucial.”

David Newhan had career-bests of four hits and three RBIs, and Miguel Tejada homered and drove in four runs for Baltimore, which won for just the second time in its last 10 games.

Bernie Williams went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Yankees, who lost for the fourth time in six games.

“A loss like this is easier to deal with because you can’t find one particular thing to blame it on,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

“We came away empty with the bases loaded (in the sixth inning). Hopefully we got everything out of the way in one game and we’ll get something started tomorrow.”

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J. Vazquez Mia vs. S. Ponson KC
14-10 Record 11-15
4.91 ERA 5.30
150 K 115
60 BB 69
1.29 WHIP 1.55