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NY re-Unit-ed with East lead
Lopez solid, but bats cold
Rodrigo Lopez allowed just two runs -- on a Matt Lawton home run in the second inning -- over 6 1/3 solid innings of work, but the Orioles fell short of the Yankees in the third game of their four-game series in the Bronx. Melvin Mora drove in the lone Baltimore run with a double in the sixth.
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Yankees 2, Orioles 1
Hideki Matsui (left) greets Matt Lawton after Lawton hit a two-run homer in the second inning. (Julie Jacobson/AP)
Series at a glance:
Johnson, Lawton lift Yanks
Randy Johnson gave up one run on three hits over eight innings, allowing Matt Lawton's two-run homer to stand up. With the win, and Boston's loss to Tampa Bay, New York regained the top spot in the American League East for the first time since July 18.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 21, 2005
Baltimore (70-81)
Lost 4
NY Yankees 2, Baltimore 1   NYY
NY Yankees (88-63)
Won 3
September 21, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 4 0
NY Yankees
0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 X   2 7 1
Standings through 9/21/05  |  Gameday  |  Orioles Stats  |  Yankees Stats
Castro, 2B4110010.297
Mora, 3B3011010.280
Tejada, SS3000102.308
Lopez, J, C4010002.285
1-Rogers, PR0000000.000
Freire, DH3000020.283
a-Gibbons, PH-DH1000012.268
Byrnes, LF3000010.229
b-Surhoff, PH1000002.274
Gomez, 1B3010000.278
Matos, CF3000002.286
Newhan, RF3000010.207

a-Struck out for Freire in the 9th. b-Lined out for Byrnes in the 9th.
1-Ran for Lopez, J in the 9th.

2B: Mora (29, Johnson).
TB: Castro; Mora 2; Lopez, J; Gomez.
RBI: Mora (75).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lopez, J; Surhoff.
GIDP: Matos.
Team LOB: 5.

DP: (Gomez).

Jeter, SS4000013.305
Rodriguez, A, 3B3000031.318
Giambi, 1B2000001.277
Martinez, 1B1010100.246
Sheffield, DH4000003.295
Matsui, LF4120013.299
Cano, 2B3000004.291
Lawton, RF3122000.256
Flaherty, C2000000.167
Crosby, CF3020011.291

2B: Martinez (9, Ray).
HR: Lawton (13, 2nd inning off Lopez, R, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Martinez 2; Matsui 2; Lawton 5; Crosby 2.
RBI: Lawton 2 (53).
2-out RBI: Lawton 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jeter 2; Cano 2; Matsui.
S: Flaherty.
Team LOB: 6.

SB: Crosby (4, 2nd base off Lopez, R/Lopez, J).

E: Jeter (14, throw).
DP: (Jeter-Giambi).

Lopez, R (L, 14-11)6.16221214.79
Byrdak 0.10000104.44
Ray 1.01000202.86
Ryan 0.10000102.32
Johnson (W, 15-8)8.03111603.90
Rivera (S, 41)1.01000101.32

HBP: Rodriguez, A (by Lopez, R), Mora (by Rivera).
Pitches-strikes: Lopez, R 104-67, Byrdak 5-3, Ray 16-11, Ryan 5-3, Johnson 119-82, Rivera 12-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Lopez, R 8-9, Byrdak 0-0, Ray 1-0, Ryan 0-0, Johnson 8-10, Rivera 1-1.
Batters faced: Lopez, R 26, Byrdak 1, Ray 4, Ryan 1, Johnson 28, Rivera 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Byrdak 1-0, Ray 1-0, Ryan 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Larry Vanover. 1B: Randy Marsh. 2B: Jim Wolf. 3B: Sam Holbrook.
Weather: 80 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:50.
Att: 50,382.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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