Baltimore’s Jake Arietta Tops Yankees in Debut


BALTIMORE, Md. — Jake Arrieta pitched
six innings of four-hit ball to win his major league debut, and the
Baltimore Orioles ended their 10-game losing streak against the New York
Yankees with a 4-3 victory Thursday night.

Arrieta gave up three runs and
outpitched veteran A.J. Burnett (6-4), who came in 11-2 lifetime against
Baltimore and 5-0 at Camden Yards.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez
left the game after the first inning. The team did not give the reason
for his departure, but the premature exit occurred four days after he
was pulled from a game against Toronto with groin tightness.

Although Arrieta's arrival didn't get a
fraction of the attention that Stephen Strasburg received in Washington
on Tuesday, there was still a buzz in the ballpark — and more fans in
attendance (27,064) than in each of the previous two games of the

Drafted in the fifth round of the 2007
amateur draft, the 24-year-old Arrieta provided a glimmer of hope for a
struggling franchise that owns the worst record in the majors (17-43).
The right-hander wasn't particularly overpowering, but he mixed his 106
pitches well enough to keep the defending world champions in check.

Arrieta (1-0) struck out six, walked
four (two intentionally) and limited New York to 1-for-5 batting with
runners in scoring position.

He started and finished his outing
with two impressive innings. Arrieta worked a perfect first, and after a
double and two intentional walks loaded the bases with two outs in the
sixth, he struck out Marcus Thames.

David Hernandez, the last of three
relievers, worked the ninth for his first big league save and
Baltimore's first since May 21.

Scott Moore homered and Adam Jones had
two RBIs for the Orioles, who improved to 2-10 against the Yankees this

Baltimore snapped a 3-3 tie in the
sixth when Luke Scott tripled and scored on a double by Jones.

Burnett gave up four runs and eight
hits in 6 2/3 innings. He was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA against Baltimore this

After Arrieta sandwiched two
groundouts around a foul popup in the top of the first, Burnett appeared
to be the one making his big league debut in the bottom half. He hit
two batters, gave up two hits and yielded two runs.

New York closed to 2-1 in the second
when Robinson Cano hit a one-out double and scored on a triple by Curtis

A walk to No. 9 hitter Chad Moeller,
an RBI double by Derek Jeter and a sacrifice fly by Nick Swisher put the
Yankees ahead in the third.

Burnett retired 10 straight batters
before Moore led off the fifth with his first homer since April 2008.

Baltimore improved to 2-4
under interim manager Juan Samuel. … Jeter has reached via a hit, walk
or HBP in 28 straight games, tied with Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria for
longest such streak in the majors this year. Longoria's streak is also
active. … Cano went 1 for 3, ending his run of three straight 3-hit
games. … New York is 32-3 when allowing 4 runs or less.

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