7:05 PM ET, September 19, 2007
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
• Summary: Andy Pettitte pitched into the eighth inning to earn his 200th career win and help the Yankees sweep the Orioles on Wednesday.
• Hero: Pettitte allowed seven hits, struck out four and walked two, becoming just the 27th left-hander in major league history to reach the 200-victory mark.
• Unsung heroes: Hideki Matsui put the Yankees on the board with his 25th home run and second in three games. Mariano Rivera got his 30th save in 33 chances, reaching 30 saves for the fifth straight season and the 10th time in 11.
• Goat: The slumping Orioles. Baltimore has lost 22 of its last 28 games. They scored just six runs in the three games against the Yankees.
• Hunt for October: New York, which has won 12 of 14, closed within 1½ games of the Red Sox in the AL East. They also opened a 5½-game lead over Detroit in the wild-card race.
• Quotable: "I've got 200 wins now because he's as great of a closer as he is. I've been very fortunate to be on a great team for a long time and I wouldn't want anyone else closing out my games." -- Pettitte on Rivera
-- ESPN.com news services
Yankees 2, Orioles 1
To Win Division, Since 1969
|*Deficit on May 29|
|The Red Sox led the Yankees by seven games on Sept. 4. Here are the largest leads held in September by teams that did not finish in first place in their league (or in divison, 1969 and later). Date of largest lead is listed:|
|Sept. 1, 1938||Pirates||7|
|Sept. 6, 1934||NY Giants||7|
|Sept. 4, 1995||Calif. Angels||6½|
|Sept. 20, 1964||Phillies||6½|
|Sept. 8, 1951||Br. Dodgers||6½|
The magic number is derived by adding one to the number of remaining games and subtracting the number of games ahead in the loss column from the second-place team. Here's where the leaders stand:
An MRI exam of Yankees 1B Jason Giambi's bruised right foot came back negative. He is day to day. ... It was Payton's third ejection of the season and the ninth for Baltimore overall. ... Pettitte's wife and parents were on hand for the milestone win.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 9-9 (as of Wed 9/19)|
|Fri 4/6||BAL 6, @NYY 4||Recap|
|Sat 4/7||@NYY 10, BAL 7||Recap|
|Sun 4/8||BAL 6, @NYY 4||Recap|
|Tue 6/26||@BAL 3, NYY 2||Recap|
|Wed 6/27||@BAL 4, NYY 0||Recap|
|Thu 6/28||NYY 8, @BAL 7||Recap|
|Fri 7/27||@BAL 4, NYY 2||Recap|
|Sat 7/28||@BAL 7, NYY 5||Recap|
|Sun 7/29||NYY 10, @BAL 6||Recap|
|Mon 8/13||@NYY 7, BAL 6||Recap|
|Tue 8/14||BAL 12, @NYY 0||Recap|
|Wed 8/15||BAL 6, @NYY 3||Recap|
|Mon 9/17||@NYY 8, BAL 5||Recap|
|Tue 9/18||@NYY 12, BAL 0||Recap|
|» Wed 9/19||@NYY 2, BAL 1||Box Score|
|Fri 9/28||@BAL 10, NYY 9||Recap|
|Sat 9/29||NYY 11, @BAL 10||Recap|
|Sun 9/30||NYY 10, @BAL 4||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Orioles | Yankees|
|2nd||H Matsui homered to right.||0||1|
|6th||M Mora singled to center, B Roberts scored.||1||2|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY|
|Attendance||53,857 (109.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||69 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Reilly, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Mike Estabrook|