Series: Game 2 of 3

NY Yankees leads 2-0 (as of 6/2)

Game 1: Tuesday, June 1
NY Yankees8
Game 2: Wednesday, June 2
NY Yankees6
Game 3: Thursday, June 3
NY Yankees5

Orioles 5

(24-25, 12-12 away)

Yankees 6

(32-19, 15-7 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 2, 2004

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: B. Prinz (1-0)

    L: E. DuBose (4-4)

    S: M. Rivera (20)

    New York has won 5 straight vs. O's

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles scored five quick runs, knocked New York's starting pitcher out of the game and took control before the Yankees even batted.

    The Orioles just gave the cool and confident Yankees too much time to come back.

    Gary Sheffield and Derek Jeter homered, and Ruben Sierra hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the sixth, rallying the Yankees to a 6-5 victory Wednesday night.

    "My mind-set was just keep them at five," Sheffield said. "With our lineup, why not think that way?"

    Baltimore chased Jose Contreras just two outs into the game. But the Yankees' bullpen, led by Tanyon Sturtze, held the Orioles scoreless the rest of the way.

    "We just wanted to keep them close," Sturtze said. "You know our guys are going to score. It was just a matter of time."

    Sheffield's three-run homer closed the early gap, and Jeter's seventh homer pulled New York within a run. Jeter has driven in at least one run in a career-high nine straight games.

    New York is 5-0 this year against Baltimore, and has won 44 of its last 61 games against the Orioles. Overall, the AL East-leading Yankees have won eight of their last nine. New York has 21 come-from-behind wins this season and has won four times after trailing by at least four runs -- the Yankees never accomplished the feat last year.

    "We've got the capabilities on offense," manager Joe Torre said. "This is the type of club that if we can just stay at arm's length, we can put points on the board."

    Bret Prinz (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Columbus before the game, pitched 1 2-3 perfect innings for his first win with the Yankees.

    "It's been a great day for me, and to have the result happen the way it did is great," Prinz said. "I'm just hanging out in Buffalo, then I get a phone call and then I'm here getting a win."

    Tom Gordon allowed one hit in the eighth, and Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 21 chances. Rivera allowed the tying run to reach third base for the second straight night before ending the game by throwing a called third strike past pinch-hitter Jose Leon.

    "It's unacceptable," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "That's it -- not good. When you've got a five-run lead early on, you've got to shut the other team down. You can't let a five-run lead get away from you like that."

    With New York trailing 5-4 in the sixth, Alex Rodriguez hit a leadoff single and Sheffield drew a walk from starter Eric DuBose (4-4). Buddy Groom came in and loaded the bases with a walk to Jorge Posada.

    Hideki Matsui tied it with a run-scoring groundout, and Sierra followed with a long flyout to right that sent Sheffield home with the go-ahead run.

    DuBose allowed six runs and three hits in five-plus innings. He also walked four.

    Baltimore built its early lead by taking advantage of two errors and a wild Contreras.

    Brian Roberts reached on Jeter's fielding error, Melvin Mora walked and Miguel Tejada followed with an RBI single. Contreras walked Rafael Palmeiro, loading the bases, and Javy Lopez made it 2-0 with a long sacrifice fly that scored Mora and moved Tejada to third.

    B.J. Surhoff hit a sharp grounder to second that Enrique Wilson threw wide of Jeter and into short left as Tejada came around.

    Contreras then threw a pitch over Luis Matos and to the backstop, scoring Palmeiro. After Matos walked, Larry Bigbie hit a fielder's choice to make it 5-0. Jerry Hairston singled, moving Bigbie to third, and that was it for Contreras.

    The Yankee Stadium crowd cheered as Torre walked out to the mound to remove Contreras, and the right-hander was booed loudly as he trudged to the dugout.

    "It's logical that they booed me. I would've booed myself, too," Contreras said through a translator. "I know that when I go out and get my rhythm back, they'll be cheering for me."

    Sturtze came in and got Roberts, the 10th Oriole to bat in the inning, to ground out.

    Contreras allowed five runs -- one earned -- and two hits and walked three. He threw just 44 pitches, 24 for strikes.

    Sturtze allowed five hits in 4 2-3 scoreless innings, and received a standing ovation when he was taken out with one out in the sixth -- giving way to Prinz.

    New York got three runs back in its half of the first on Sheffield's sixth homer, which followed one-out walks to Bernie Williams and Rodriguez. Jeter homered in the fifth.

    "Walks killed me," DuBose said. "That's the turning point, right there in the first inning."

    Game notes

    The AL record for consecutive games with an RBI is 13 by Kansas City's Mike Sweeney in 1999, and Taffy Wright of the White Sox in 1941. The major league record is 17 by Oscar Grimes of the Cubs in 1922. ... Jeter made a pair of errors at shortstop, giving him a team-high six. ... When Rodriguez walked in the first, he reached base safely for a career-high 40th straight game. ... Sheffield was thrown out at the plate by Palmeiro in the fourth on Sierra's groundout.

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