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Alex Rodriguez, Mark Reynolds (Nick Wass/AP Photo)

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By DAVID GINSBURG,  AP Sports Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Derek Jeter reached another milestone with the
New York Yankees, only this one wasn’t nearly as memorable as the
last.

Rookie Zach Britton outpitched Bartolo Colon, and the Yankees
lost to the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Sunday in the first game of a
split doubleheader.

It was Deter Jeter’s 2,402nd game with New York, breaking a tie
with Mickey Mantle for most in a Yankees uniform. Jeter went 0 for
4 as the designated hitter, and during his second at-bat he fouled
a ball off his right knee.

He was subsequently robbed of a base hit when right fielder Nick
Markakis fielded his short-hop liner and got a forceout at second
on Francisco Cervelli, who had to wait to see if the ball dropped
in.

Asked how his knee felt, Jeter said, “I mean, it hurts.” But
he quickly added, “It’s really nothing” and was placed in the
leadoff spot for Game 2.

On July 9, Jeter became the first Yankee to get 3,000 hits with
a first-inning homer. He then singled in the winning run in the
eighth inning to cap a five-hit game in a 5-4 victory over Tampa
Bay.

In this one, Jeter and the Yankees went quietly against Britton
(8-9), who permitted only four hits in seven innings. It was a
stark contrast from his previous outing against New York, when the
left-hander gave up nine runs and got only one out.

“He threw his sinker, two-seamer, mixed in the breaking ball,”
Jeter said. “He threw the ball well. I mean the last time we faced
him, that’s a fluke.”

It was the sixth straight win for the Orioles, their longest
such run since an identical streak in April 2008. Britton is 2-0
during Baltimore’s six-game roll.

“When you pitch like that, you feel like you’re playing in a
baseball game instead of trying to survive,” Orioles manager Buck
Showalter said.

The game was scoreless until the seventh, when Markakis doubled
and Vladimir Guerrero singled. Baltimore added a run in the eighth
when Mark Reynolds led off with his third hit and scored on a
two-out single by J.J. Hardy.

Jim Johnson pitched a perfect eighth inning and Kevin Gregg
worked the ninth for his 19th save, getting Alex Rodriguez to hit
into a double play after giving up a one-out single to Mark
Teixeira, who had three hits.

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano went 0 for 3, ending his
17-game hitting streak. He had also hit in 18 consecutive games at
Camden Yards.

New York has lost four of five. The Yankees failed to get a
runner past first base in their first shutout loss since June 13.

“I thought (Britton) threw the ball _ totally different from
what we saw at our place last time,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I
thought his sinker was really good and I thought he mixed his
pitches.”

Colon (8-9) gave up two runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings. He
had a two-hitter through six innings before faltering. He has lost
his last three starts and is 2-6 in his last eight decisions.

But he considered this effort to be a breakthrough.

“I feel very happy. Thank God that everything is back
together,” he said through a translator. “We’ll see how far we’re
going to go.”

Colon surrendered five runs in each of his previous two outings
and was winless in his last four starts. But that shortcoming was
offset by his exceptional performance in day games: The
right-hander was 6-0 with a 1.80 ERA in seven afternoon starts.

This loss could be attributed to a lack of run support.

“It was unfortunate we were unable to get him a win,” Girardi
said. “Two runs in eight innings. I thought he threw the ball
really well.”

NOTES: The nightcap was rescheduled from Saturday’s rainout.
Reacting to New York manager Joe Girardi’s assertion that the teams
should have played a doubleheader on Friday _ two days after former
Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan took his own life _ Showalter said
Sunday, “I felt that some of the stuff was a little disrespectful
to Flanny, quite frankly. That didn’t sit with me very well. I can
tell you that.” … Five of Baltimore’s six shutouts this season
have come at home. … Britton’s 120 pitches were most by an Oriole
this season.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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