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Yanks use four solo homers to back Wright vs. O's

BALTIMORE (AP) -- After watching the New York Yankees muster only
one hit in their second shutout loss of the season, manager Joe
Torre was almost certain that the poor offensive showing was merely
an aberration.

It didn't take long for the Yankees to prove him right.

Derek Jeter hit the first of four solo homers against Rodrigo
Lopez, and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 Sunday behind an
efficient pitching performance by Jaret Wright.

Jason Giambi hit his 32nd home run, matching his total from last
year, and finished 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. Johnny Damon
and Melky Cabrera also connected for the Yankees, who took two of
three from Baltimore and are 11-1-1 in their last 13 series.

On Saturday, New York got one single off Adam Loewen and two
relievers. In the series finale, two of the first three Yankees to
step to the plate got hits, including Jeter, who put New York up
1-0 with his ninth home run.

"I knew yesterday wasn't going really going to have anything to
do with today. We've been pretty good at bouncing back," Torre
said. "We had some bombs today. Scored six runs, four home runs."

The pitching was solid, too.

Wright (8-6) allowed one run, five hits and four walks in six
innings, winning for the fourth time in five decisions. He didn't
retire the side in order until the sixth, but was good enough to
provide New York with its 10th win in 12 games.

"I thought Jaret was great," Torre said. "Again, he always
flirts with danger. But he manages to keep his head about him with
men on base."

Scott Proctor pitched 1 2/3 innings, and Mariano Rivera got four
outs for his 28th save in 30 chances.

The victory, combined with Boston's 7-6 loss to Tampa Bay, left
first-place New York a season-high two games in front of Boston in
the AL East.

"We're the team that has to be caught. We just don't have to
worry about any other team right now," Torre said. "As long as we
play up to our expectations, we should be able to get to where we
need to."

Nick Markakis drove in the lone run for the Orioles, who were
1-for-14 with runners in scoring position -- including 1-for-10 in
the first four innings.

"That was pretty much the key to the game, not being able to
put a couple of runs on the board early when we had the chance,"
Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said. "We just couldn't come up
with the big hit when we needed it."

Lopez (8-12) has yielded a team-high 26 homers this season; the
four he surrendered Sunday were a season high. He gave up five runs
and nine hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking one.

"Once I missed my spot, they took advantage of it," Lopez
said. "I guess it wasn't my day."

After Jeter homered, the Orioles wasted leadoff doubles by Brian
Roberts and Jeff Conine in the first and second innings.

Damon led off the third with his 15th homer. Later in the
inning, doubles by Bobby Abreu and Giambi made it 3-0.

Baltimore again threatened in the third, getting runners to
second and third with two outs before Wright retired Jay Gibbons on
a groundout.

"I would have liked to have seen less guys on base, but I think
it's just making a pitch when you have to," Wright said. "The
leadoff doubles and two-out walks, you just got to pitch out of
it."

Cabrera opened the fourth with his fifth homer, and the Orioles
finally scored in the bottom half when Markakis singled in Conine,
who led off with a single.

Giambi homered on a 3-2 pitch in the fifth for a 5-1 lead. The
score stood until the ninth, when Abreu capped a three-hit day with
an RBI single.

Game notes
New York's Alex Rodriguez was 0-for-5 and went 1-for-13 in
the series .... Lopez has allowed at least four runs in 18 of his
24 starts. ... Bernie Williams went 0-for-3 against Lopez and is
0-for-18 against him lifetime. ... Abreu stole two bases, his first
SBs in the AL. ... Miguel Tejada, who came in batting .618 against
New York, went 0-for-4. ... Now in his 11th professional season,
Baltimore RHP Winston Abreu made his major league debut in the
ninth inning. He struck out Rodriguez and retired Andy Phillips on
a fly ball.