"Four months ago, nobody gave us credit. And now we're close to winning the division," said Mariano Rivera.The closer, who made sure to give Pettitte the game ball, wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning after allowing a bloop double and two walks. Rivera saved his 30th game in 33 opportunities though, as the Yanks scraped by the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 to complete the three-game sweep in which they allowed only 6 Orioles to cross home plate.
Hideki Matsui homered and Doug Mientkiewicz scored the other run on a wild pitch for New York, who are on a nice little streak of four straight victories. They've won 12-of-14 to bring themselves a season-high 24 games over .500 for a 5.5-game lead over the Detroit Tigers.
Pettitte allowed seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks to improve to 10-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 14 second-half starts, becoming the 27th lefty to reach the 200-win milestone.
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