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Yankees remain on the skids

Orioles triumph in ninth on walk

BALTIMORE -- Corey Patterson spent much of the night running the bases and sprinting after fly balls in center field.

At the finish, however, he won the game with a leisurely jog from third to home.

Patterson capped a perfect performance at the plate by scoring on Scott Proctor's bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning, giving the Baltimore Orioles a 3-2 victory over the skidding New York Yankees last night.

Patterson led off the ninth with a walk and Brian Roberts singled. Proctor (1-5) then made a sensational diving catch on a bunt by Chris Gomez, but missed an opportunity to double up Patterson, who had strayed three-quarters of the way to third base.

After a walk to Nick Markakis loaded the bases, Proctor appeared to hit Ramon Hernandez with a pitch. Plate umpire Rob Drake ruled otherwise, but Hernandez drew a walk when Proctor missed on a 3-2 count.

"We walked ourselves right out of this game," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

Patterson went 3 for 3 with a walk, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove in one.

Johnny Damon hit a two-run homer for the Yankees, who have lost three straight and six of seven. New York went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Chris Ray (4-5) worked the ninth to complete a solid performance by the Baltimore bullpen, which gave up one hit over 2 2/3 scoreless innings.