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Sunday May 6, 2001
Yankees 2 @ Orioles 1

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BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- It was Mike Mussina's day, but Scott Brosius' series.

Mussina won in his return to Camden Yards and Scott Brosius hit what amounted to his second game-winning homer in three days as the New York Yankees completed a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1.

After spending the first 10 years of his major league career in an Orioles uniform, Mussina signed a six-year, $88.5 million contract with the Yankees in the offseason and was booed throughout Sunday's contest.

"It was about what I expected," Mussina said. "Some cheering and some not cheering. But I play for the Yankees. It is tough for some people to swallow. But I am glad that I threw well."

"Mike had a plan," said Yankees manager Joe Torre. "He can beat you so many ways, hard or soft."

The righthander allowed just one run and six hits in seven innings, striking out three with a pair of walks. Despite not being overpowering, Mussina (3-3) kept Baltimore off-balance all afternoon with an assortment of off-speed pitches.

"You are not going to have your best stuff all the time," Mussina added. "I was pleased being ahead in counts, throwing the breaking ball for strikes, and was able to get the fastball in and out."

Almost sure to depart after escaping a seventh-inning jam by getting Brook Fordyce to bounce into a double play, Mussina watched as Brosius gave the Yankees' newest ace the run he was looking for.

The New York third baseman deposited a 1-1 delivery from Mike Trombley deep into the left-field seats leading off the top of the eighth inning. It was Brosius' third homer of the series as he also led off the eighth in Friday's contest with a home run that resulted in a 6-5 victory.

"I hit a hanging curve," Brosius said. "I had looked bad earlier in the at-bat and was looking for a pitch I could see and take a hard swing on."

Brosius has 16 homers against the Orioles and 499 career RBI.

"We outscored them in games, that's the only difference I saw (in the sweep)," Brosius added. "Our starting pitching has kept us in games and somebody has been hot."

Yankees reliever Mike Stanton worked around a hit in the eighth and Mariano Rivera survived a leadoff walk in the ninth for his ninth save.

New York also had a four-game sweep at Oriole Park in July 1996 and this trip to Baltimore was made even more special by Friday's visit to the White House in celebration of the team's 2000 world series championship.

"This was a big series for us," Torre said. "You win the first three, you get a little greedy."

The Yankees also continued to beat up on overmatched opposition and in the process tied a major league record by improving to 13-0 against sub-.500 teams. Only the 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates and 1966 Cleveland Indians have ever started a campaign with 13 straight wins against teams with losing records.

It was a milestone day on a couple of fronts. Torre, former skipper of the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, recorded his 1,400th victory.

Meanwhile, Baltimore third baseman Cal Ripken played in his 2,897th game, surpassing the franchise record held by Brooks Robinson.

"It was a little strange seeing (Mussina) out on the hill, playing against him," Ripken said. "He's a great competitor, great pitcher, had great stuff, keeps his composure well. I've always admired him, being teammates, it's the same old Moose."

Lost in everything else was the performance of Jason Johnson, who allowed just one run -- a seventh-inning sacrifice fly by Jorge Posada -- and six hits over seven frames, striking out three with no walks.

Baltimore's only run came in the third on an RBI single by Mike Bordick.

The Yankees have won 19 of their last 24 games at Camden Yards.

"No, I haven't liked the outcome of the last four games, but you've got to look at where our club is trying to get to," said Orioles manager Mike Hargrove. "I think that we were very competitive against the Yankees, we just fell short in four games."