Play it again -- Yankees 8, Orioles 6 (suspended in 8th)

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There aren't many triples on Kevin Millar's resume. Before last night, he had 14 in a major league career that began in 1998, none since 2005, only one since 2003. But he drove in a run in the seventh inning with a triple that scored Nick Markakis, though right fielder Bobby Abreu assisted him by playing the ball like a bear on roller skates. Freddie Bynum ran for Millar and scored on Jay Gibbons' two-run double that gave the Orioles a 5-4 lead.

Loss of control

Daniel Cabrera retired the first eight batters and reached 96 mph with his fastball before Andy Phillips homered in the third inning. But he lost his command, and a 2-1 lead, in the fourth by allowing two runs in an inning that included two singles, two walks and a hit batter. In the eighth, John Parrish walked the first two batters and eventually was charged with three runs, as the Yankees took an 8-6 lead before the second rain delay and the game's suspension.

Regaining power

The Orioles ranked next-to-last in the American League with 56 home runs, one more than the Kansas City Royals. They've come up short when it comes to hitting the long ball. But leadoff man Brian Roberts deposited a ball onto the flag court in right field in the third, his two-run shot giving the Orioles a 2-1 lead. Roberts, who began the night batting .322, has five homers this season. He also has a nine-game hitting streak.

On deck

The Orioles begin a three-game series tonight against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the team with the longest name in the majors - and the most wins. Steve Trachsel opposes Kelvim Escobar, who lost to the Orioles on May 31 by allowing five runs and nine hits in eight innings. He has gone at least seven innings in nine of his past 11 starts, and won five of his past six decisions. Escobar is 12-5 with nine saves and a 3.87 ERA lifetime against the Orioles.

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