Series: Game 3 of 3

Baltimore won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, June 3
Baltimore 4Final
New York 3
Game 2: Tuesday, June 4
Baltimore 5Final
New York 13
Game 3: Wednesday, June 5
Baltimore 4Final
New York 3
Game 4: Thursday, June 6
Baltimore Postponed
New York

Orioles 4

(27-30, 14-16 away)

Yankees 3

(38-22, 18-12 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 5, 2002

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: T. Driskill (3-0)

    L: D. Wells (6-3)

    S: J. Julio (10)

    Driskill simply effective against Yankees

    NEW YORK (AP) -- After spending 10 years bouncing around the minor leagues and Japan, Travis Driskill wasn't about to get flustered pitching at Yankee Stadium against baseball's most powerful team.

    Driskill held the Yankees in check and Tony Batista hit his 14th home run as the Baltimore Orioles beat New York 4-3 Wednesday night.

    "I know I'm a rookie but I have been playing baseball for a while,'' said Driskill, who made his major league debut as a 30-year-old in April. "I wasn't going to let this faze me. This is the mecca of baseball.''

    Driskill had never been to New York before this week and compared pitching at Yankee Stadium to playing in the Tokyo Dome. Most of the Yankees had never even heard of him.

    Not anymore.

    The bespectacled Driskill isn't overpowering, but he was effective against the Yankees, who lead the majors with 339 runs and 97 homers.

    "I'm not even 6 feet tall and I pitch with glasses on,'' he said. "I don't think I'm the most intimidating guy. When they watched the video, they saw I throw strikes and I'm sure they put their hitting shoes on.''

    New York got a runner to second base in only one of the first seven innings and Driskill had a 4-1 lead with two outs and nobody on in the eighth.

    Bernie Williams then singled and Jorge Posada followed with his 10th homer, snapping an 0-for-13 streak. That ended Driskill's night after 121 pitches.

    "I was very impressed,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He looked like he just kept his focus. He's not afraid to throw his fastball and he's not afraid to throw his breaking ball when behind in the count.''

    Buddy Groom got the final out of the eighth and Jorge Julio pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

    Driskill, in his third career start, gave up three runs and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six.

    "Perseverance obviously pays off,'' Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "They don't keep you around the game as long as Travis was unless you have something to offer.''

    After Yankees starter David Wells (6-3) retired the first seven batters of the game, the Orioles strung together four straight singles to take a 2-0 lead.

    Mike Bordick started it with a grounder in the hole between third and shortstop. Third baseman Robin Ventura fielded it but threw high to first base and Bordick reached on the infield single.

    Bordick stole second and went to third on Jerry Hairston's single. Melvin Mora followed with a drive off the right-field wall. He was held to an RBI single on the play and Hairston went to third.

    Brian Roberts scored the second run with a perfectly placed bunt single between the pitcher's mound and first base.

    Juan Rivera, called up from the minors and given the right-field job earlier in the day, played a part in the Yankees' first run.

    After Nick Johnson walked with one out in the fifth, Rivera doubled off the wall in right-center for his first career hit. Alfonso Soriano followed with an RBI single to cut Baltimore's lead to 2-1.

    But with runners on first and third and one out, Driskill preserved the lead by striking out Derek Jeter for the third time and retiring Jason Giambi on a routine flyout to center.

    "He really buckled down that inning and got some good hitters out,'' Hargrove said. "The key to us winning was Travis Driskill. No question.''

    Jeter had trouble all night against Driskill, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

    "I didn't swing at his strikes,'' Jeter said. "The only pitch he threw me for a strike I took.''

    Batista got the run back with two outs in the sixth, lining a first-pitch homer into the left-field seats.

    Gary Matthews Jr. doubled and scored on Jerry Hairston's sacrifice fly in the seventh to make it 4-1.

    Wells gave up four runs and eight hits in eight innings.

    "It was just that two-run inning where he seemed to lose his rhythm and had some trouble with his command,'' Torre said. "Aside from that, I think he went after people.''

    Game notes

    The Yankees released OF Gerald Williams to make room for Rivera. ... Roberts has six hits in the first three games of the series. ... The Yankees are the only team in baseball with five players who have 10 or more homers.

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