NEW YORK -- Arthur Rhodes didn't get his first major-league win last night, but he got a grade of "satisfactory" for the second time in eight starts.
The rookie lefthander went seven strong innings, his longest outing since being promoted from Double A Hagerstown, allowing six hits and striking out five before leaving with the score tied 3-3. Mike Flanagan (2-7) was charged with the 4-3 loss after giving up a leadoff home run to Steve Sax in the eighth inning.
All of the runs off Rhodes came on a pair of opposite-field home runs -- Hensley Meulens' two-run poke in the second inning and Roberto Kelly's drive around the rightfield foul pole in the third.
* RIP STOPPED: Cal Ripken went 0-for-5 last night, dropping his average to .326 and snapping a seven-game hitting streak.
Ripken is five shy of his team-record 211 hits in one season and four below Robin Yount's record 83 extra-base hits by a shortstop. He needs seven more total bases to move past Yount's total of 367, second best by a shortstop behind Ernie Banks' record of 379.
* ONE-RUN NIGHTMARES: Last night's was the 35th one-run loss (against 18 wins) for the Orioles this year.
Since John Oates took over as manager May 24, the Orioles have played 45 games decided by one run (15-30), the most in the major leagues.
* THIS 'N THAT: The Orioles played their 95th errorless game of the season last night, extending their club record . . . They are now 53-68 under Oates.
Sam Horn had three hits, including his 23rd home run, for the Orioles, who totaled 11 hits against four Yankees pitchers, but left 10 runners on base.
The win enabled the Yankees to clinch the season series against the Orioles. They have won seven of 12 meetings and now have a three-game lead in the vanishing duel for fifth place in the AL East.