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.
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.
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