Greene sharp as Yankees beat Orioles 3-0

New York Yankees starting pitcher Shane Greene delivers

New York Yankees starting pitcher Shane Greene delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Credit: AP)

BALTIMORE - (AP) -- Rookie Shane Greene pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning of his second major league start, Derek Jeter had two hits and an RBI and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 Saturday.

Greene (2-0) struck out nine and walked two in his third big league appearance. The right-hander didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning and allowed only two runners past second base in 7 1-3 innings.

It was Greene's second win in six days with the Yankees, the first coming at Cleveland. For most of the season, the 25-year-old put up unspectacular numbers (5-2, 4.61 ERA) for Scranton-Wilkes-Barre of the International League.

David Robertson, the third New York reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his 23rd save.

Brian McCann had three hits for the Yankees, who moved within four games of the first-place Orioles in the AL East. New York is 3-5 against Baltimore this season.

It was only the third loss in 12 games for the Orioles, who finished with five hits. Chris Tillman (7-5) gave up three runs, seven hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings.

The Yankees led 1-0 before chasing Tillman with a two-run seventh. Kelly Johnson led off with a single and advanced on a wild pitch before Jeter hit a two-out RBI single to left.

That prompted the thousands of Yankees fans among the sellout crowd of 46,667 to chant "Derek Jeter! Derek Jeter!" -- saluting the 40-year-old team captain who will retire after this season.

Jacoby Ellsbury greeted T.J. McFarland with a broken-bat RBI double, and the inning ended when Ellsbury was cut down at the plate trying to score on McCann's single to center.

Ellsbury was the second New York runner to be thrown out at home, but it hardly mattered as the Yankees improved to 10-32 when scoring three runs or fewer.

An RBI double by Mark Teixeira gave New York a 1-0 lead in the third, but Jeter was thrown out trying to score on the play.

That would be the Yankees' final hit until McCann singled with one out in the sixth.

Greene allowed only a walk through four innings and struck out the first two batters in the fifth before Manny Machado grounded a single to left. Ryan Flaherty also singled before Nick Hundley struck out.

New York got runners on the corners with two outs in the sixth before former Oriole Brian Roberts whiffed on a high fastball with the count 0-2.

In the bottom half, the Orioles got successive singles from Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce before Adam Jones hit into a double play and Nelson Cruz struck out for the third time.

NOTES: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would wait until after the game to name his starter for Sunday night's series finale. Kevin Gausman will start for Baltimore. ... The Yankees designated RHP Matt Daley for assignment and activated LHP Jeff Francis, obtained in a trade with Oakland on Friday. "You don't want to put a limit on yourself. You just want to come here, you want to give the team good innings and help the team win. That's the goal," Francis said. ... Knowing Miguel Gonzalez wouldn't be needed before the All-Star break, Baltimore optioned the right-hander to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled C Steve Clevenger from the same club. Gonzalez will return July 22 to face the Angels, manager Buck Showalter said. ... The sellout was Baltimore's second straight and seventh of the season.

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