The Yankees improve to 12-3 on the season vs. the Orioles with 10 straight wins. They have three sweeps of three games vs. the Birds on the year. They are 6-3 vs. the Birds in Baltimore and 6-0 at Yankee Stadium.
The last time the Yankees won as many as ten in a row vs. the Orioles was from April 21 to June 29, 1955.
Berken was solid - O’s starter Jason Berken pitched well in getting a no decision. Over 5 1/3, he gave up eight hits and one run. He walked two and fanned three, throwing 86 pitches.
Over his last three starts, Berken has pitched to an ERA of 2.81. Over his last six starts, Berken’s ERA is 4.41.
He has allowed 3ER or less in five of his last six starts and in 11 of 19 starts on the year. In two starts this year vs. New York, Berken’s ERA is 4.77 (6ER over 11 1/3).
Better starting pitching - O’s starters have worked to an ERA of 2.91 over the last eight games and 3.19 over the last 13 games. O’s starters have allowed 3ER or less in 12 of the past 13 games.
New York’s Alex Rodriguez, who entered batting just .200 this year vs. the Orioles, went 3 for 5 with a pair of two-run singles. His single in the 5th was the 2,500th hit of his career.
The Yankees improved to 29-14 in series finale games and have 11 series sweeps on the year. The O’s are 15-28 in series finale games.
O’s pitching allowed 24 runs, 39 hits and seven homers in the three-game series.
Not his night - Jim Johnson did not retire one of the five batters he faced in the 9th , allowing three hits and five runs, all earned. His ERA went from 3.12 to 3.86.
Felix Pie went 2 for 3 in the game. He is batting .407 during a seven-game hitting streak. Over his last 18 games he is batting .382-6-13.
The O’s scored three runs or less for the 21st time in 46 games since the All-Star game and they are 1-20 in those contests.
New York has out-scored its opponents 47 to 14 during a six-game win streak. The Yankees have won 11 of 14 and 23 of the last 29 games and are 34-11 since the All-Star break.
The O’s have lost four of their last five and fall to 16-34 vs. the AL East and 32-36 in home games.