- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 24, 2004

BALTIMORE — Erik Bedard was the No.5 starter for the Baltimore Orioles when the season began, nearly an afterthought on a young, unproven staff.

Given the chaotic state of that staff after 22 losses in 30 games before last night, Bedard now qualifies as the staff ace after holding the New York Yankees to two runs through five innings.

His successful start, along with a two-run homer and four RBI by Miguel Tejada and four hits and three RBI by newcomer David Newhan, powered the Orioles to a 13-2 win over the Yankees before 41,678 at Camden Yards. The victory was Baltimore’s first over New York in eight tries this season.

“It’s good to break the ice,” manager Lee Mazzilli said. “Getting a win right now no matter who we play is crucial.”

Newhan, who signed with the Orioles on Friday and was inserted immediately into the lineup at third base because Melvin Mora is out with a foot injury, has hit safely in all five games with Baltimore. When Mora returns, Newhan obviously will remain somewhere in the batting order.

“Oh yeah, when a guy’s hitting .600, you’re going to find a way,” Mazzilli said.

Newly acquired reliever Jason Grimsley retired the side in the sixth inning after Bedard left the bases loaded and nobody out. It was a little bit of salvation for a team looking for any pitcher out of the bullpen who isn’t burned out.

The win at least temporarily halted an alarming plunge toward a seventh straight losing season.

In Tuesday night’s 10-4 victory, the Yankees scored three runs in the first inning. Last night the Orioles got a jump with three in their first.

Brian Roberts led off with a single to left before Newhan tripled off the top of the right-field wall for a 1-0 lead.

Tejada, who came into the game third in the league in RBI with 54, brought a run home for the sixth straight game with a single to right, scoring Newhan. Rafael Palmeiro singled to right for Baltimore’s fourth straight hit with nobody out off Jon Lieber (5-5). One out later, Jay Gibbons made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to center.

The Yankees reached Bedard for a run in the third when Miguel Cairo singled to left, stole second and scored on a single to center by Bernie Williams. But the Orioles answered with four more in the fourth.

Javy Lopez singled to center, and Gibbons followed with a single to right. The ball got past Ruben Sierra, and Lopez tried to score but was thrown out at the plate. Luis Matos reached on an infield hit, and Larry Bigbie also reached safely when Lieber bobbled his infield dribbler and failed to get the ball to first as Gibbons scored for a 4-1 lead.

Jerry Hairston followed with a long double to center field, scoring Matos and Bigbie and making it 6-1. Two batters later, Newhan delivered an RBI single to center.

“A loss like this is easier to deal with because you can’t find one particular thing to blame it on,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “Hopefully, we got everything out of the way in one game and we’ll get something started tomorrow.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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