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Rookie pitcher Jaret Wright leads Indians past Yankees

Three 2-0s and one 1-1.

That's where the baseball playoffs stand after three days of postseason play.The Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees 7-5 Thursday night to even their first-round AL series at one game apiece. It's the only best-of-5 series that isn't one game away from a sweep.

The Baltimore Orioles moved into a commanding 2-0 lead over Seattle by beating the Mariners 9-3 for their second dominating victory in as many days.

In the NL, it was an off day Thursday as the teams traveled to Houston and San Francisco.

The Atlanta Braves lead the Astros 2-0 and will be going for a sweep this afternoon (4:07 p.m. EDT) when the series resumes with John Smoltz (15-12) facing Shane Reynolds (9-10).

The Marlins will take the field a few hours later (8:07 p.m.) also looking to close out the series. Alex Fernandez (17-12) pitches for Florida against Wilson Alvarez (4-3).

Indians 7, Yankees 5

The Cleveland-New York series won't resume until Saturday night, which should give the Yankees plenty of time to ponder the performance put on against them at Yankee Stadium by 21-year-old rookie Jaret Wright.

Wright, the son of former major leaguer Clyde Wright, settled down after a shaky first inning in which he fell behind 3-0. After that, he limited New York to three hits in six innings and allowed only one runner past first base.

"How did I do it?" Wright said, repeating a reporter's question. "I basically threw up a wall and just concentrated on pitching out there."

Matt Williams hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Andy Pettitte, who was tagged for seven runs and nine hits over five innings - almost identical numbers to his only other start against Cleveland this season.

Omar Vizquel went 3-for-5 as the Indians ended New York's five-game postseason winning streak that included the last four games of the 1996 World Series.

There was more bad news for the Yankees.

David Cone, hit hard in the AL playoff opener, was taken to a hospital before Game 2 because of discomfort in his shaky right shoulder, leaving his status for the rest of the series in doubt.

"Things did not go well today," Cone said. "I was to the point where I thought I had it under control. Today was a setback. Right now I'm day-to-day. I'm not conceding (that I won't start Game 4). But I would say it's very tenuous."

Orioles 9, Mariners 3

Baltimore went ahead immediately after 17-game winner Jamie Moyer was forced out with a strained flexor muscle in his left elbow. The Orioles rocked Seattle's struggling bullpen for six runs as they posted their second straight 9-3 rout.

Roberto Alomar was 0-for-2 against Moyer when he stepped to the plate With Baltimore trailing 2-1 in the fifth inning. Alomar hit a 3-2 pitch from Paul Spoljaric that glanced off the glove of a leaping Ken Griffey Jr. at the center field wall, a two-run double that put Baltimore ahead to stay.

"The guy's only human," Spoljaric said of Griffey. "I thought he was unbelievable that he got to the ball. I initially thought he had it."

It was the first of nine hits against the Seattle bullpen, which has a 10.80 ERA in the two games. Bobby Ayala was the main culprit Thursday, yielding six runs in 1 1/3 innings.

The Orioles pulled away with a four-run eighth. Ayala walked Baines intentionally to load the bases, then forced in a run by walking Lenny Webster on a 3-2 pitch. Mike Bordick followed with a two-run single and Brady Anderson greeted Norm Charlton with an RBI-double to make it 9-3.

At that point, the Kingdome crowd of 59,309 began to boo the home team.