The Orioles handed the Yankees a 12-5 defeat in Friday’s series opener, reaching Wright for six runs and eight hits in four-plus innings. They opened a 5-1 lead against Johnson on Saturday, but the Yankees rallied for an 8-5 win.
Baltimore had roughed up New York starters without a major contribution from star slugger Sammy Sosa, who is still looking for his first RBI and run with the Orioles.
“You know they’re going to score,” New York manager Joe Torre said. “It’s just a matter of being able to shut them down. It’s possible.”
Pavano will try to do so Sunday as he looks for his first win in pinstripes after a solid debut. The right-hander finished with seven strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings Tuesday, allowing two runs and eight hits, but didn’t receive a decision in the Yankees’ 4-3 win over Boston.
“He had three good pitches to work with,” catcher Jorge Posada said of Pavano. “His location was incredible. He had a good idea of the strike zone and he kept the ball down. Strike one was a key all day.”
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera posted his first save of the season Saturday after blowing his first two opportunities against Boston.