O's cash in at Yankees' expense, 5-4

Segui homers in eighth to tie score

Batista hits sacrifice fly to win it

Bauer: first major-league win

Julio gets final five outs to record his first save

Orioles are now 4-9

April 17, 2002|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

NEW YORK - When Orioles first baseman David Segui hit his first home run of the season last night, he made it count.

Segui led off the eighth inning with a game-tying home run off New York Yankees reliever Ramiro Mendoza, and the Orioles rallied for a 5-4 victory before 33,721 at Yankee Stadium.

Rick Bauer (1-0) earned his first major-league win after being recalled from Triple-A Rochester earlier in the day.

Mendoza (0-1) took the loss.

Jorge Julio recorded the final five outs for his first major-league save.

Segui hit 10 home runs in 82 games last season for the Orioles. He had none in his first 48 at-bats this season, but that changed when he turned on a 1-0 pitch from Mendoza and launched it four rows into the right-field, upper-deck seats.

Jeff Conine and Jay Gibbons followed with sharp singles to right field, putting runners at the corners, as Yankees manager Joe Torre pulled Mendoza in favor of Steve Karsay.

Tony Batista brought home the winning run with a sacrifice fly to right field .

The Orioles are 4-9 , and in all four of their victories, they have come from behind.

Robin Ventura gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead with a bases- empty home run off Sidney Ponson to start the sixth inning. Ventura now has six home runs this season, and three have come against the Orioles.

Ponson went six innings on a night when it looked like he might not make it out of the second. The Yankees scored three runs in the second , and the Orioles had rookie Erik Bedard warming up, but Ponson hung on to give the bullpen some much-needed rest.

The Yankees managed seven hits and four runs against Ponson, who walked three , struck out seven and remained winless since June 28 .

Yankees starter Roger Clemens wasn't his usually dominant self, but he left with a 4-3 lead after the seventh inning.

In a flashback to Opening Day, Batista hit a home run off Clemens, this one a bases- empty shot that opened the scoring in the second inning. Batista hit a grand slam off Clemens in the opener, sparking the Orioles to a 10-3 victory.

This time, the Yankees came right back.

Jorge Posada doubled to start the second inning against Ponson and moved to third on a grounder to second by Ventura. Rondell White scored Posada with a double down the third-base line, then Ponson walked John Vander Wal and Gerald Williams to load the bases .

Alfonso Soriano followed with a two-run double to right field, Ponson walked Nick Johnson, and that's when Bedard began warming.

On Monday, Orioles starter Jason Johnson lasted just 1M-- innings, and long reliever Chris Brock injured his right shoulder, forcing Orioles manager Mike Hargrove to piece together the final six innings with short relievers.

The Orioles added Bedard and Bauer to the roster yesterday, mostly as insurance in case the bullpen was thrust into long- relief duties again.

But Ponson righted himself, striking out Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi with the bases loaded to end the inning with the Yankees leading 3-1 .

The Orioles came back to tie it the next inning, as Segui and Gibbons hit run-scoring singles .

The Yankees lost for the fifth time in six games, and the crowd let out its frustration on Giambi, the prized off-season acquisition.

Giambi struck out his first two trips to the plate, both times with runners in scoring position. In the fifth inning, he followed a leadoff single by Jeter by grounding into a 6-4-3 double play.

Bauer pitched only one inning in the victory, stranding two runners on base after getting Jeter to ground into a double play.

NOTES: Center fielder Bernie Williams will be out of the Yankees' lineup for at least three games because of soreness in both shoulders.

New York also got bad news regarding left-hander Andy Pettitte, who will miss his next start because of a tender pitching elbow.

Williams, hitting just .180 with no home runs and one RBI in 50 at-bats, went to see Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday and received cortisone shots in both shoulders.

He was back with the team last night but did not start against the Orioles.

Pettitte left Monday's start in Boston after three innings because of tenderness in his throwing elbow.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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