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Originally published Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

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Yankees’ Pettitte beats Orioles for win No. 251

Andy Pettitte pitched into the seventh inning to beat Baltimore 5-4 and tie Bob Gibson for 44th place on the career victories list.

The Associated Press

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NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte threw an early pitch exactly where he wanted, and watched Chris Davis launch it over the center-field wall.

Fortunately for Pettitte, most of his later offerings landed in the right spot.

Pettitte persevered on a hot, sticky day, hanging in after falling behind 3-0 to pitch the New York Yankees to a 5-4 victory over Baltimore.

The 41-year-old left-hander snapped a four-start winless streak.

“I’ve been frustrated,” Pettitte said. “Every decision you’re making, you feel like it’s not the right one.”

Pettitte (6-6) earned his 251st career win, tying Hall of Famer Bob Gibson for 44th place.

And he stretched his unbeaten streak against Baltimore to 11 starts. Overall, he is 28-6 against the Orioles. Only Yankees great Whitey Ford (30) has beaten the Birds more often.

Pettitte got a big cheer when he trotted quickly off the field at Yankee Stadium with two outs in the seventh inning after 100 pitches.

“It was smokin’ hot,” he said. “Didn’t want my guys standing out there in the heat.”

The Yankees overcame Davis’ major league-leading 33rd home run for Baltimore and yet another double from Manny Machado, celebrating his 21st birthday.

Davis is tied for the seventh-most homers by the All-Star Game, with more than a week to play before the break. Barry Bonds holds the mark with 39, followed by Reggie Jackson and Mark McGwire with 37 each, according to STATS.

Machado hustled for his 39th double. That’s the second most before the All-Star break, trailing only the 42 by the Mariners’ Edgar Martinez in 1996, STATS said.

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