Jose Contreras, filling in for Kevin Brown, who is attending personal affairs, started and worked around trouble in the first inning. Baltimore got to him in the third however, on a two-run home run from Miguel Tejada, followed by a solo shot from Rafael Palmeiro. Contreras settled down from there and didn't allow another run... The Yankees broke out in the fifth inning with eight runs. Amongst the nine hits in the inning were Derek Jeter's two-run double, Alex Rodriguez' two-run homer, and Hideki Matsui's two-run double... The Yanks put up six more in the seventh inning, including RBI hits from Matsui, Tony Clark and Miguel Cairo, and a two-run homer off the bat of Enrique Wilson... Clark doubled again in the eighth to drive in a run as part of a three-run inning that made it 17-3 Yankees... Clark got another RBI from a sacrifice fly that capped the scoring for the Yanks in the ninth at 18-3... Gabe White gave up two runs in the ninth to make it 18-5.
Contreras (2-2) evened his record by pitched six innings for the win. He allowed three runs on eight hits and four walks while fanning four... Felix Heredia pitched two scoreless innings and White pitched the ninth... Sidney Ponson (3-5) was lit up by the Yanks, allowing eight runs on ten hits and a walk in just 4.2 innings. The Orioles bullpen allowed ten runs in a combined 4.1 innings.
Clark was 3/5 in the game with four RBI and three runs scored... Jeter was 3/4 with two long doubles and a pair of RBI... Gary Sheffield had three hits and scored three times and Matsui was 3/3 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. He scored four times and drove in three... The only Yankee without a hit was late-inning replacement Homer Bush, who was 0/1.
The Yanks now head to Tampa Bay for a three-game series with the Devil Rays. Game one is on Friday at 7:15 PM Eastern time. Javier Vazquez (4-4, 3.67) will face Doug Waechter (2-4, 3.93).