The Yankees took a 3-0 lead early in the game thanks to a game starting home run from Johnny Damon and a double from Miguel Cairo. Randy Johnson struggled for most of the game and gave back two runs when the bottom of the order got three straight singles and the O's scored two runs before the inning was over.

The O's took the lead later in the game. Fernando Tatis homered off of Johnson and they added another run to take the lead at 4-3. The Yankees battled back when newcomer Craig Wilson hit a double down the right field line with runners on to tie the score.

Johnson was relived by Ron Villone who pitched 1 and 1/3 inning of scorless relief. Scott Proctor was next and struggled before the got an inning ending double play in the eight to keep the score tied at 4.

Jorge Posada homered to deep right in the top of the 9th with the ball landing out on Eutaw Street to give the Yankees the lead at 5-4. Rivera closed out the O's in the ninth to give the Yankees the win.