- Associated Press - Saturday, July 12, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - For much of the season, Shane Greene put up unspectacular numbers for Scranton-Wilkes-Barre of the International League.

Now a member of the New York Yankees, the rookie right-hander is dominating some of the best hitters in the big leagues.

Greene took a four-hitter into the eighth inning of his second major league start, and the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 Saturday.

Greene (2-0) struck out nine - including Nelson Cruz three times - and walked two in his third big league appearance. He didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning and allowed only two runners past second base in 7 1-3 innings.

“We were really excited about him in spring training and what he could possibly do for us,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We felt he could help us at some point this year, and the time is now.”

It was Greene’s second win in six days with the Yankees, the first coming at Cleveland, where the 25-year-old allowed two runs in six innings.

“He’s stepping up, that’s for sure,” Girardi said.

After going a combined 12-10 in the minors last year, Greene was 5-2 with a 4.61 ERA this season against such teams as the Buffalo Bisons and Gwinnett Braves. Somehow, that translated into success against the Indians and AL East-leading Orioles.

“A dream come true,” Greene said. “It means a lot that I got the opportunity and it means a lot that I can come up here and help the team win.”

David Robertson, the third New York reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his 23rd save.

Brian McCann had three hits for the Yankees, who moved within four games of the Orioles in the AL East. New York is 3-5 against Baltimore this season.

It was only the third loss in 12 games for the Orioles, who finished with five hits. Chris Tillman (7-5) gave up three runs, seven hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings.

“It’s another one of those (performances) that kind of gets looked at but is not properly appreciated because of what the other guy was doing,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

The 3-4-5-6 hitters in the Baltimore lineup went 0 for 16 with 10 strikeouts. In addition to Cruz, Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy both struck out three times.

“(Greene) didn’t leave much over the plate and worked both sides of the plate,” Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis said. “We couldn’t get much going against him.”

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