PP Game Notes: Yankees 12 - Orioles 9

A slugfest in Camden Yards took place on Wednesday night, and when the smoke cleared, the Yankees had a 12-9 victory over the Orioles. Gary Sheffield had four hits and drove in six runs to lead the Yanks over the O's in an exciting game.

Baltimore got out to the early lead from Melvin Mora's solo home run in the first and two more runs in the second against Mike Mussina... In the fourth, the Yanks got on the board when Jorge Posada scored on Tony Clark's ground out... Kenny Lofton led off the fifth with a double and scored on Derek Jeter's single, but play was stopped right there due to rain. When the inning continued, Alex Rodriguez reached on an infield single and Gary Sheffield crushed a three-run home run to give the Yankees a 5-3 lead... Tony Clark's solo home run leading off the sixth made it 6-3 and Sheffield's RBI single made it 7-3 later on... The wheels fell off for the Yankees in the seventh. With two runners on, Mike Mussina was relieved by Paul Quantrill, who served up a three-run homer to BJ Surhoff. After Luis Matos singled, Gabe White came on and allowed two more singles to tie the game at seven. White was relieved by Tanyon Sturtze, who allowed two inherited runners to score for an 8-6 Baltimore lead. Rafael Palmeiro grounded out to finally end the inning... But New York rallied in the seventh against Baltimore's bullpen. Hideki Matsui led off the frame with a solo home run, then Enrique Wilson drove home Ruben Sierra to tie the game. Bernie Williams singled in Wilson to give the Yanks the lead for good, and Sheffield brought in two more with a bases-loaded single for a 12-9 Yankee lead.

Mussina lasted 5.1 and allowed five runs on six hits and a walk. He left with the lead, but did not figure in the decision. Sturtze (1-0) was somehow credited with the win despite allowing two hits and retiring just one batter. Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera clamped down for the final three innings and Rivera earned his 16th save of the year... BJ Ryan (1-2) was charged with the loss for the O's, after allowing three runs on four hits and two walks in just one inning pitched.

The final game of the three-game set is on Thursday at 7:05 PM. Kevin Brown will not start, as originally planned, as he is leaving to deal with personal business. Jose Contreras (1-2, 7.56) will start in his place against Baltimore's Sidney Ponson (3-4, 5.40).

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