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BALTIMORE (AP)—Mike Mussina has struggled at Camden Yards before.

Just never as a New York Yankee.

Rodrigo Lopez allowed one run over 6 2-3 innings and the Baltimore Orioles battered Mussina, ending the Yankees’ eight-game winning streak with a 7-3 victory Tuesday night.

“I’ve had these kind of games here before,” said Mussina, an Oriole from 1991-2000. “It’s tough anyplace to go walking out that early in a ballgame and know it wasn’t your best effort.”

Melvin Mora homered and Tony Batista and B.J. Surhoff each drove in two runs for the Orioles, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

Mussina (10-5) endured his shortest outing of the season, lasting only 2 2-3 innings and lost his first game in Baltimore as an opposing pitcher. He allowed five runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out two.

It was Mussina’s quickest exit since a two-inning stint in a 9-3 loss to Florida on July 12, 2001.

“I tried everything I could try,” Mussina said. “I used every pitch I had and still found a way to give up base hits. … It’s nothing to dwell on. They had a good game. I didn’t.”

Lopez (2-4) scattered 12 hits, walked none and struck out six as Baltimore halted a nine-game losing streak to the Yankees.

New York’s Jason Giambi went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, ending a string of 37 consecutive games in which he reached base safely. That was the second-longest of the season, behind only the 39-game streak of San Francisco’s Barry Bonds.

“He pitched big when he needed to,” Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. “He got Giambi out … (four) different times. You get Giambi out like he did tonight and you have really good stuff because Jason is one of the best hitters in the game today.”

Karim Garcia homered and drove in two runs for the Yankees.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the second on successive doubles by Jay Gibbons and Batista. That ended Mussina’s string of 23 straight innings without allowing an earned run against his former team.

A four-run third inning by Baltimore chased Mussina, who had won three straight decisions.

Brian Roberts and Luis Matos singled before Mora flew out. Jeff Conine doubled to center, scoring Roberts, and Gibbons was intentionally walked to load the bases. Batista’s run-scoring grounder drove in Matos, and Surhoff followed with a two-run single to left.

Baltimore loaded the bases again on a single by Deivi Cruz and a walk to Geronimo Gil before Yankees manager Joe Torre removed Mussina. Sterling Hitchcock got Roberts to pop out to end the inning.

Mussina threw 86 pitches in his brief stint as the Orioles worked him deep into counts.

“He threw some pitches close and we got the calls,” Hargrove said. “It all just kind of worked together to make Mike work a little harder than he should have.”

Mora’s 12th homer, a solo shot to left-center with one out in the fourth, made it 6-0. Third baseman Robin Ventura mishandled Batista’s bases-loaded grounder, allowing the seventh Baltimore run to score.

The Yankees ruined Lopez’s shutout bid in the seventh. With two out and runners on the corners, Ruben Sierra hit a soft liner that Lopez couldn’t glove. When Lopez couldn’t locate the ball, Garcia scored from third.

Garcia hit a two-run homer off reliever Hector Carrasco in the eighth.


Orioles hitting coach Terry Crowley was ejected by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi after the second inning for arguing balls and strikes. … New York’s last nine-game winning streak came June 27-July 6, 2001. … Mussina is 5-2 with a 3.96 ERA in eight career starts against Baltimore. … Garcia has four homers versus Baltimore this year, two as a Yankee and two with Cleveland. … Torre said OF Raul Mondesi, in a 2-for-21 slump, would be rested Wednesday.He has played in the Yankees’ first 83 games.

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