Yanks Drop Second Straight To Baltimore

Mike Mussina would only be able to extend his scoreless innings streak by one on Saturday. The Orioles took a 3-2 lead into the ninth before really hitting Mussina and the Yankees hard. Brook Fordyce's two-RBI double in the fifth inning proved to be the difference and Rodrigo Lopez pitched his second complete game of the season as Baltimore won 7-2.

Lopez (6-8) was dominant on Saturday, looking nothing like the pitcher that was roughed up by the same Yankee team less than a week ago. He allowed just a third-inning homerun to Jorge Posada and an RBI single to Karim Garcia in the same frame while cruising the rest of the way.

He went the distance, allowing just the two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out a season-high ten batters. The win snapped a two-game personal losing streak and as his first complete-game victory of the season. He pitched eight innings at Oakland On July 11, but suffered a tough loss.

Mussina (14-7) was almost as sharp as Lopez for most of the game. Entering the ninth he had allowed just three runs on six hits, but he allowed a two-run double to Tony Batista that forced him from the game.

Jesse Orosco relieved Mussina to face Larry Bigbie, but Bigbie was called safe on Aaron Boone's throwing error. He fielded cleanly but sent the ball low to Giambi at first. Giambi tried to scoop it, but the ball bounced off his glove and went to the pitcher's mound.

Jeff Nelson came on to try and end the rally, but he allowed two straight singles that put the game out of reach for the Yankees before ending the inning.

Mussina lost for the first time since July 12, allowing six runs on nine hits in 8 1/3 innings. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

Jay Gibbons ended Mussina's scoreless inning streak with a solo homerun in the second inning. Mussina had thrown 22 1/3 consecutive innings without allowing a run. Derek Jeter went 0/4 to end his 12-game hit streak.

Game three of the four-game, weekend series on Sunday at 1:05 pm. Jose Contreras (3-1, 4.62) will make his first start since June 5, trying to give the Yankees a shot at earning a split. Eric DuBose (1-3, 3.30) will take the mound for Baltimore.

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