NEW YORK(AP) The
New York Yankees
have racked up victories in a variety of ways during their nine-game winning streak.
This one had an extra degree of difficulty after right-hander
was knocked out in the first inning with a bruised right knee.
drove in three runs,
led a solid effort by a depleted bullpen and the surging Yankees shrugged off Chamberlain's injury in a 7-4 victory over the
on Thursday night.
''That's a tough game because you're asking an awful lot out of your bullpen,'' manager
said. ''We were somewhat fortunate.''
Cano hit an RBI double in New York's four-run first and a two-run shot in the second.
, subbing for a sore
, had a two-run double in the first and
connected in the fifth to give Yankee Stadium the record for most homers in a ballpark's first 20 games.
''It feels great,'' said
, who tossed a perfect ninth for his 57th save against Baltimore, his most against any team. ''We're playing together. We're
playing as a team.''
Rivera's second save in two days and ninth in 10 opportunities this season capped an admirable effort by New York's bullpen.
Aceves (3-0) followed Chamberlain with 3 1-3 scoreless innings.
allowed four runs and five hits over 2 1-3 innings but
got three outs to get the ball to Rivera.
Aceves hasn't allowed a run in 9 1-3 innings over his last five appearances since May 13.
''He's been pitching great,'' Cano said.
New York last won nine in a row June 5-14, 2007.
went deep for the Orioles, who have lost four straight and five of six.
hit a two-run double in the sixth to end an 0-for-16 skid by Baltimore pinch hitters to open the season.
''It was good to get back in the game and for me to contribute,'' Wigginton said. ''But unfortunately we fell short.''
Chamberlain didn't last very long in his first start against the Orioles since
mocked him with two exaggerated fist pumps while he rounded the bases following a three-run homer off the demonstrative right-hander
on May 10.
' one-out liner in the first inning hit Chamberlain just above his right knee. He threw to first to retire the center fielder,
took a few shaky steps near the mound then bent over as Girardi and trainer Gene Monahan came out of the dugout.
''I was concerned when he got hit because when a guy gets hit there in the leg right away you can't tell if it's off the kneecap,
or where it's at,'' Girardi said. ''There was some concern. It's probably fortunate that he got a little bit of glove on it.''
After a short conference, Chamberlain threw a couple of warmup pitches and remained in the game. Markakis then singled ahead
of Huff, who was booed each time he came to the plate and dumped Chamberlain's second pitch into the right-field corner for
That brought Girardi and Monahan out to the mound again and this time Chamberlain walked gingerly toward the dugout. Aceves
to fly out to end the inning.
The Yankees said X-rays on Chamberlain's knee were negative, and he insisted he would make his next start.
''I'm 100 percent confident,'' he said. ''Did some tests and it felt fine, a little stiff obviously but that's just going
to be the way it is. We'll come back tomorrow and get after it.''
, Cano and
opened the bottom half of the first with consecutive doubles off
(2-5) to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Cabrera came up with his big hit after Eaton walked
with two outs.
''Eaton did not pitch well but we found a way to make a game of it,'' manager Dave Trembley said. ''We had the tying run at
the plate and from where we started it was a lot to ask of our guys but we did the best we could.''
Eaton allowed seven runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. He is 0-2 with a 13.03 ERA in his last two starts, leaving his spot
in the rotation in jeopardy.
''The curveball wasn't there at all,'' he said. ''Definitely trying to pitch without one of your best pitches is hard. The
numbers don't lie obviously and I think I've got better stuff than I have shown.''
Markakis' solo shot in the seventh was the 75th at New York's $1.5 billion stadium, putting it two ahead of the previous mark
for the first 20 games at a new park. Puerto Rico's Hiram Bithorn Stadium was the record holder, according to the Elias Sports
Notes: Orioles SS
(strained left groin) ran in the outfield, fielded some grounders and took batting practice before the game.