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Lieber pitches well and A-Rod homers

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 RBI 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 to center that traveled an estimated 413 feet.

Game notes
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 five plate appearances, including
three walks.