- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) | Adam Jones hit a grand slam and an RBI triple to back Jeremy Guthrie’s strong start, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 13-4 blowout Monday night that ended the New York Yankees‘ 10-game home winning streak.

Kevin Millar hit a three-run drive in the second, and Ramon Hernandez followed another homer off an ineffective Mike Mussina (13-7), who failed to last at least six innings for the first time since May 24.

It was the fourth time Baltimore has hit back-to-back homers this season, including three times against the Yankees. The last-place Orioles improved to 6-4 against New York, winning for only the fifth time in 20 games overall.

Aubrey Huff hit his 21st homer and had three RBI as Baltimore set a season high for runs and matched its top hit total with 17.

Xavier Nady homered for his first hit with the Yankees, who had their eight-game winning streak snapped with a 9-2 loss Sunday night in Boston. Johnny Damon added a three-run shot to make it 11-4 in the seventh.

Before the game, New York announced Jorge Posada will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, ending his attempt to return to the lineup for the team’s playoff push.

The Yankees remained three games behind AL East-leading Tampa Bay and two back of Boston.

Guthrie (7-8) shut out New York on two hits through six innings, giving Baltimore’s struggling rotation its second consecutive solid outing. Garrett Olson tossed six-plus innings to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 on Sunday, breaking a run of eight games in which an Orioles starter failed to get through the sixth.

Still, only once in the past 22 games has a Baltimore starter gone at least seven innings. Guthrie was lifted after Nady’s one-out homer in the seventh made it 11-1.

Mussina, who was 3-0 in his previous four outings, dropped to 10-8 against his former team. After not issuing a free pass in his past three starts, he walked the first batter of the game.

Melvin Mora and Luke Scott singled ahead of Millar’s 15th homer in the second. Hernandez followed with a drive to center for his 1,000th hit, making it 4-0.

Brian Roberts doubled to start the fifth before Jones tripled and scored on Huff’s sacrifice fly. Mussina was pulled after allowing six runs and eight hits in five innings.

Jones hit his first career slam to left in the sixth. It was the first home run allowed by David Robertson in his professional career, which began last season.

Jones also singled in the eighth and scored three runs. He had a chance for an even bigger game, but he flied out with the bases loaded to end the ninth.

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