Yankees 11, Orioles 3

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BALTIMORE (AP)—Rookie manager Lee Mazzilli never envisioned the New York Yankees cruising to an easy victory over his Baltimore Orioles.

He should have known better.

Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer and Jon Lieber pitched seven innings of four-hit ball Tuesday night, leading the Yankees to an 11-3 rout of the slumping Orioles.

Facing the Yankees for the first time as a manager, Mazzilli watched helplessly as his former team dealt Baltimore its season-high fifth straight defeat.

“It wasn’t what I planned. It’s not what I liked. But those three-run home runs hurt,” Mazzilli said.

Rodriguez hit his 11th homer with two on to cap a six-run sixth inning that put the Yankees up 8-0.

When Mazzilli served as first base coach under New York manager Joe Torre from 2000-03, the Yankees were 46-22 against Baltimore. This game was more of the same—with Mazzilli on the short end.

“It’s not what I expected, to lose 11-3,” he said.

The mentor got the best of his disciple, and New York again had its way with the Orioles.

“I’m happy. I know he isn’t,” Torre said. “One of us have to be happy, and I’m glad it’s me because I’m older.”

Enrique Wilson had four RBIs for the Yankees, who have won 40 of their last 51 games against Baltimore and are 56-27 at Camden Yards.

The loss dropped the Orioles (20-21) under .500 for the first time since April 11, when they were 3-4. Baltimore has scored only 11 runs during its five-game skid.

Lieber (4-1) allowed no earned runs, struck out two and walked one to win his third straight start. Rebounding from reconstructive surgery on his right elbow, Lieber lowered his ERA from 4.40 to 3.53.

“It’s always nice to see the runs add up on the board, but the bottom line is staying focused no matter what,” he said. “I try not to get caught up in what the score is.”

The Orioles scored two unearned runs in the bottom half, and Wilson singled in two runs in the seventh to restore the eight-run cushion.

Wilson added a sacrifice fly in the ninth, and Brian Roberts singled in a run in the Baltimore half.

Held to one single through the first three innings by rookie Erik Bedard, New York got four hits in a two-run fourth. Gary Sheffield led off with a single and scored on a double by Jorge Posada before Hideki Matsui singled in a run.

Bedard (1-2) needed 79 pitches to get through four innings. He was replaced by Denny Bautista, who made his major league debut after being called up earlier Tuesday from Double-A Bowie.

The first three batters he faced were Bernie Williams, Rodriguez and Sheffield, yet the gangly right-hander retired the side in order.

But Bautista didn’t make it out of the sixth. After Wilson hit a sacrifice fly and Matsui scored on a wild pitch, Derek Jeter chased the rookie with a two-out RBI double that made it 5-0.

Mike DeJean then gave up a single to Williams before Rodriguez hit a shot tocenter that traveled an estimated 413 feet.


The game was delayed by rain in the top of the third for 1 hour, 19 minutes. … Sheffield was the DH for the first time this season. … Rodriguez has reached base in 33 straight games. … Matsui reached safely in all fiveplate appearances, including three walks.

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