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BALTIMORE (AP)—For nearly seven weeks, Erik Bedard went to the mound in search of his 13th victory. He made seven starts, allowing three runs or fewer on five occasions, yet he never got a “W” by his name in the box score.

“I couldn’t win a game,” he said. “That happens.”

The wait ended Friday night, when Bedard limited the New York Yankees to four hits over six innings to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 9-4 victory.

During his seven-game run, which began after he won a seventh straight start on July 23, Bedard had a respectable 3.95 ERA. But he went 0-3 with four no-decisions.

“Even though he hasn’t been getting wins, he definitely pitched well enough to win some of those games,” Gibbons said.

The Orioles made it easy for Bedard by building a 7-0 lead in the second inning. Melvin Mora, Jay Gibbons and David Newhan homered for the Orioles, who snapped a four-game skid.

New York starter Cory Lidle (3-3) retired only five batters in his shortest outing of the season. He allowed six runs, six hits, walked one and hit a batter.

“If you look at the line score, it looks brutal. The fact is, I made decent pitches and they just hit them where we weren’t,” Lidle insisted. “On any given night those might have been double plays and it would have been a different story. I don’t feel it was as bad as the line looks.”

Compared to Bedard’s line, it was pretty bad. Bedard (13-9) gave up two runs, struck out eight and walked three despite feeling a bit queasy.

“I don’t know if he was a little light-headed or what,” Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. “When you don’t feel well and pitch like that, that’s a good sign.”

New York’s Derek Jeter drove in a run and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games, the longest run by a Yankee since Bernie Williams hit in 19 straight in August 2002.

Craig Wilson hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Brian Burres, who was making his major league debut, to make it 9-4.

By then, Yankees manager Joe Torre had pulled virtually all his starters.

“This game was out of hand early. We never really caught up,” Torre said.

Two batters into the bottom of the first, Baltimore led 2-0. Brian Roberts hit a leadoff single and Mora followed with his 15th home run on a 1-2 pitch.

Baltimore sent eight men to the plate in a five-run second. Singles by Ramon Hernandez, Roberts and Nick Markakis filled the bases for Miguel Tejada, who was 0-for-9 with the bases loaded this season.

Tejada bounced a two-run single up the middle to chase Lidle, and Gibbons greeted Jose Veras with a three-run shot to right. It was Gibbons’ 12th homer, the first since July 30.

“That was the first heater I’ve turned on in about six weeks,” Gibbons said. “We gave Erik some cushion there and he pretty much cruised.”

Lidle, meanwhile, fell to 0-2 against Baltimore since coming to New York from Philadelphia in a July 30 trade. The right-hander is 1-5 in eight career appearances at Camden Yards.

“He was making some pitches and they weren’t swinging at them, so evidently he wasn’t close enough to where he wanted to throw the ball,” Torre said. “It’s all about command for him. When I say command, he could throw the ball down the middle on every single pitch but he tries to just paint the corners.”

New York closed to 7-2 in the third. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Jeter, who hit an RBI single. After Bobby Abreu looked at a third strike, Alex Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly before Bedard got Jason Giambi to foul out.

“The inning could have been a disaster,” Perlozzo said, “and he really came back and pitched well to get out of there with only two runs.”

Newhan connected against Sean Henn in the bottom half. Newhan, who returned from a fourth-month stay on the disabled list on Sept. 1, had not homered since April 14.

Kevin Millar hit an RBI single off Jeff Karstens in the seventh.


Baltimore is 6-7 vs. New York, winning three straight. … Yankees OF Hideki Matsui went 1-for-2 with two walks in a rehab start for Double-A Trenton against Portland. … New York RHP Mike Mussina had his next start moved from Sunday to Tuesday because of soreness he experienced after his start against Kansas City on Sunday. Jaret Wright will start Sunday vs. Baltimore. … NY’s Andy Cannizaro got a single in his first big-league at-bat.

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