- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2008

NEW YORK | Daniel Cabrera pitched into the eighth inning before being ejected, Aubrey Huff had four RBI and the Baltimore Orioles held off the New York Yankees 7-6 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.

Kevin Millar hit another homer against New York, and Nick Markakis continued his great run against Darrell Rasner, who dropped to 2-8 in his last 11 starts. The Orioles clinched their first series win since they took two of three against the Chicago Cubs from June 24 to 26 at Wrigley Field.

The Yankees scored three runs in the ninth to pull within one, but George Sherrill struck out Robinson Cano and Wilson Betemit with a runner on second to end the game.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 22nd homer for New York, which has lost three straight after winning its first eight games following the All-Star break.

Rodriguez led off the sixth with his 46th career homer against Baltimore - the most for any active player vs. the O’s - and Cabrera hit him with his first pitch when he came up again in the eighth.

Plate umpire Chad Fairchild promptly tossed Cabrera, and manager Dave Trembley bolted out of the dugout for a discussion with Fairchild as Jim Johnson made his way to the mound from the Baltimore bullpen.

New York loaded the bases on Jason Giambi’s base hit, and Johnson allowed a two-run single to Cano to cut it to 6-3. But Johnson struck out Betemit, retired Melky Cabrera on a liner to center and threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Xavier Nady to limit the damage.

Daniel Cabrera (7-6) was charged with three runs and eight hits, improving to 3-0 with a 3.15 ERA in three starts against New York this year. He came within two outs of a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium in 2006.

Rasner (5-8) departed after allowing the first two batters to reach in the seventh. Damaso Marte came in and allowed a single to Markakis to load the bases before Huff hit an 0-2 pitch into the gap in left-center to make it 5-1. Melvin Mora followed with a double off the first-base bag.

Huff hit his second homer in two days and 22nd of the season in the ninth to make it 7-3. He tied a career high with four hits and is 17-for-34 in an eight-game hitting streak.

Rasner allowed four runs and eight hits after entering with a 1-1 record and 0.69 ERA in two previous starts against the Orioles this season.

Markakis went 1-for-2 with a walk against Rasner, and his average against the right-hander dropped to .769. He is 10-for-13 with two doubles and a home run in his career against the Yankees pitcher.

Millar put the Orioles ahead 2-0 with a leadoff drive in the fourth inning, his 16th of the season. He is batting .362 (17-for-47) with six homers and nine RBI against New York this year.

Millar, who won a World Series title with Boston in 2004, has a .302 career average against the Yankees with 21 homers and 55 RBI in 378 at-bats.

Bobby Abreu hit an RBI double, and Giambi had a two-run single in the ninth for New York.

- Yankees right-handers Phil Hughes (fractured rib) and Carl Pavano (elbow ligament replacement surgery) each made a rehab appearance with Class A Charleston. Pavano started, struck out four and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. Hughes allowed two hits and no runs in three innings. …

Johnny Damon was back in the Yankees’ outfield, starting in left even though he still feels some pain in his left shoulder when he throws. Damon hurt his shoulder when he crashed into the fence attempting to catch a ball July 4.



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