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Against the Twins, Orioles starters pitched a collective 22 innings and allowed one earned run.
Not this time.
"Stuff was pretty good. Command wasn't what it's going to be or what it has been up to this point," manager Buck Showalter said. "Brian's stuff was pretty crisp. Got some counts away from his favor."
Matusz kept it close until New York sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth. Russell Martin followed two straight walks with his first hit of the season, an RBI single, and Eduardo Nunez hit a sacrifice fly before Jeter doubled in a run.
Jones homered off Darren O'Day in the sixth, and Brett Gardner singled in a run in the seventh for a 6-1 lead.
Chris Davis doubled in a run for Baltimore in the seventh.
New York's big-name players wasted no time pushing the team in the right direction. Jeter began the game with a single, Alex Rodriguez drew a two-out walk and Teixeira -- who stepped to the plate with a .111 batting average and no RBIs -- delivered a run-scoring single.
It was the first time this season that Baltimore trailed. Wieters rectified that in the second inning by hitting a 2-0 pitch over the right-field wall.
NOTES: Jeter is 11 for 22 lifetime against Matusz. ... In his last three starts against New York, Matusz is 0-2 with a 12.66 ERA. ... Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte allowed one run and two hits over three innings for Class-A Tampa Monday night in his second game since ending a one-year retirement. ... Orioles LHP Wei-Yin Chen makes his U.S. debut Tuesday night against Yankees RHP Freddy Garcia. Chen, a Taiwan native who pitched in Japan for the last four seasons, says he's familiar with Jeter and Rodriguez. "I heard about them in Taiwan and Japan. They are really big names over there, too." ... Baltimore LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left elbow, pitched six innings in an extended spring training game Monday.
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