BALTIMORE, SEPT. 26 -- Pete Filson?

It was supposed to have been Rick Rhoden, and it might just as well have been as the Baltimore Orioles were defeated, 2-0, by the New York Yankees tonight before 26,608 at Memorial Stadium.

The loss was Baltimore's eighth straight and 17th in 18 games. It also dropped the Orioles' lifetime record against New York to 289-289. They had been the only team with a lifetime winning mark against the Yankees. The Orioles close out their 1987 homestand today at 2:05 against the Yankees before closing out the season at Detroit and New York.

Filson, a journeyman left-hander who turns 29 Monday, allowed five hits in seven innings in taking the injured Rhoden's turn in the starting rotation. Tim Stoddard's two-hit, no-run eighth inning and Dave Winfield's booming home run off Mike Boddicker in the top of the ninth set up Dave Righetti for his 31st save of the season.

The homer was the 1,481st hit allowed by the Orioles this year, a club record, breaking the old mark set in 1985. The Orioles have allowed 217 home runs, three short of the major league record.

"I'm getting a little older and I have to take advantage of every opportunity," said Filson (1-0), who was making his first start of the season for the Yankees after spending most of the season with Class AAA Columbus. "I hadn't started in a long time and I was looking forward to it."

The Orioles should have been looking forward to it, as well. Filson, who previously had been with the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox, had allowed 17 earned runs in 18 2/3 career innings against Baltimore. Theoretically, that is just what a team with eight more strikeouts than hits in its six previous games needs.

However, despite having the leadoff hitter reach base in five of Filson's seven innings, and having at least one baserunner in every inning, the Orioles came up empty.

Boddicker (10-11), on the other hand, did have something new to show the Yankees -- a delivery he started using last Monday against Toronto that he hadn't used since high school.

"He's bringing his hands above his head instead of just up to his chin," Orioles pitching coach Mark Wiley explained. "He was experimenting with it one day on the side, it felt comfortable and he decided to go with it."

As is it did against the Blue Jays, when he allowed seven hits, one walk and two earned runs in 8 1/3 innings, it worked. Tonight, the right-hander allowed just four hits and two walks.

He retired the first 10 men he faced before Willie Randolph handcuffed third baseman Rene Gonzales with a hard grounder that went into left field for what, after considerable deliberation, was ruled a base hit.

New York's Rick Cerone led off the sixth with a blooper to right that Lee Lacy tentatively played into a single and an error. Bobby Meacham attempted a sacrifice, but his weak bunt was scooped up by catcher Terry Kennedy, who threw to Gonzales, who ran down Cerone.

After Rickey Henderson struck out and Randolph walked, moving Meacham to second, Don Mattingly removed any lingering doubts about the no-hitter with a drive to the top of the wall in right. Meacham scored and Randolph would have scored except that first base umpire Joe Brinkman ruled that a fan had touched the ball, making it a ground-rule double.