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Burres, Johnson help Orioles blank Yankees

Apr 20, 2008 - 3:29 AM BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- Brian Burres and Jim Johnson combined to pitch nine scoreless innings as the Baltimore Orioles cruised to a 6-0 triumph over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Ramon Hernandez and Aubrey Huff drove in two runs apiece and Kevin Millar blasted a solo home run for the Orioles, who have won three straight contests and will seek a three-game sweep of the Yankees on Sunday.

Burres (2-1) worked out of jams throughout the night. He left Derek Jeter stranded at third in the first and induced Jose Molina to ground into an inning-ending double play in the second.

"I did manage to get into some trouble, but I was able to get out of it," Burres said. "Just have to fight to get it back when you are in those tight situations."

The third-year lefthander allowed five hits and four walks with two strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

"I saw a lot of improvement in Burres tonight," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "His poise was improved and he showed some more arm angles."

The Yankees had runners in scoring position in each of the first three frames. After Matsui reached on an infield single in the sixth, Burres was relieved and Johnson was just as impressive - if not more so.

The 24-year-old reliever yielded just one hit with no walks and one strikeout over 3 1/3 frames, completing the shutout and registering his first career save.

"I think it's a confidence-builder for us as a team," Johnson said. "We have to play these guys, how many times? To play these guys tough early on, is a good sign for the rest of the season."

"(Johnson's) the most improved guy out there," Trembley said. "He has been very special for our team. He has come up with movement on his fastball, has very good poise and fields his position. He's been tremendous for us."

New York rookie starter Ian Kennedy (0-2) surrendered four runs and five hits and five walks with four strikeouts over just 2 2/3 innings.

"He can't pitch that way. He needs to attack the zone," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's not agressive enough. We need to get him back to where he was last year."

Brandon Fahey opened the scoring with an RBI double in the second and the Orioles broke the game open in the third frame with Kevin Millar's solo shot and Hernandez's two-run double, which chased Kennedy from the contest and gave Baltimore a 4-0 lead.

"I was just trying to get good pitches, good counts," Hernandez said. "Just trying to hit the ball hard, man. That's all I'm trying to do."

"Hernandez let the ball get deep tonight," Trembley added. "He didn't over-swing and got the key hit in the game."

Huff added a two-run double in the seventh to provide the final margin.

"They (Orioles) are playing good fundamental baseball," Girardi said. "They're throwing strikes, getting hits with runners in scoring position, they're not making errors, not walking batters - just playing the right way."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY YANKEES 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
    BALTIMORE 0 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 x 6 9 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: NYY - IAN KENNEDY, ROSS OHLENDORF (3RD), BILLY TRABER (7TH), JOBA
    CHAMBERLAIN (8TH) AND JOSE MOLINA
    BAL - BRIAN BURRES, JIM JOHNSON (6TH) AND RAMON
    HERNANDEZ

    HOM

    Apr 19 10:15 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AUBREY HUFF SCORED NICK MARKAKIS AND KEVIN
    MILLAR.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A HUFF ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0
    BALTIMORE 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A JONES (.246, 0-FOR-3)

    Yankees 0, Orioles 6  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 19 9:42 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RAMON HERNANDEZ SCORED LUKE SCOTT AND AUBREY
    HUFF.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R HERNANDEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0
    BALTIMORE 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: B FAHEY (.133, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Yankees 0, Orioles 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 19 8:23 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KEVIN MILLAR (3) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF IAN KENNEDY.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0, BALTIMORE 2
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: L SCOTT (.389, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Yankees 0, Orioles 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 19 8:11 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRANDON FAHEY SCORED RAMON HERNANDEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B FAHEY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0
    BALTIMORE 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: B ROBERTS (.254, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 0, Orioles 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 19 7:49 PM