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Giambi coming to life as Yankees roll off 10th consecutive win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- Jason Giambi's hitting finally looks better. Throw in a complete game by Carl Pavano, and the New York Yankees surged to their longest winning streak in almost seven years.

Giambi hit a solo home run, singled twice and drove in three runs, and Pavano pitched a five-hitter as the Yankees won their 10th straight, beating the Seattle Mariners 6-0 on Tuesday night.

"The bat's coming through the strike zone a lot freer," said Giambi, who is back to trying to pull the ball. "I'm not so tied up. It's definitely paying off."

It was Giambi's first three-hit game since June 20. Alex Rodriguez hit his major-league leading 13th home run, a two-run shot, and Jorge Posada had an RBI single as the Yankees collected 10 hits.

This is New York's longest winning streak since a 10-game run from June 30 to July 12, 1998. At 21-19, the Yankees are two games over .500 for the first time since they were 2-0.

"This is very satisfying because of where we were before," manager Joe Torre said. "The fact we were eight or nine games below .500 makes this even more satisfying."

Pavano (3-2) pitched his fourth shutout, his first since a seven-hitter for Florida at the Chicago Cubs last Sept. 10, and his sixth complete game. It was New York's third shutout of the season, and the third time the Mariners failed to score.

"I didn't want to get caught up on that," Pavano said. "Before you know it, you start rushing and making bad pitches. I just tried to stay within myself."

Giambi hit his fourth homer, sending an 0-1 pitch from reliever Matt Thornton deep into the right-field stands in the sixth. The 394-foot shot was his first since April 19 and put the Yankees up 6-0.

He was promised plenty of at-bats during the current nine-game trip. After Giambi's average dropped to .195 last week, Torre and general manager Brian Cashman asked the former AL MVP to consider a trip to the minor leagues, a move than can't be made without Giambi's consent.

But he wanted to work out his problems with the major-league club.

"Of course I was concerned that I was struggling, but I knew I didn't have many at-bats," Giambi said. "Your average isn't going to look too sexy when you've got 30 at-bats and you go 4-for-34."

Now, he's 7-for-20 (.350) with four RBI on the trip. Torre believes Giambi has been showing good signs and will continue to play this weekend in the interleague series at the Mets.

Rebounding from an awful start against Seattle last week in which he allowed four homers, Pavano didn't allow a hit until consecutive two-out singles in the fourth by Richie Sexson and Raul Ibanez. All of Seattle's hits were singles.

"He was tough," said Sexson, who singled twice. "You never ever really got comfortable against him."

Pavano struck out seven, walked none and hit a batter with a pitch.

"That was dominance," Torre said. "He kept the ball down. He changed speeds real well, had command of the strike zone, and we gave him some runs to work with."

It broke his skid of three straight starts without a decision, including a four-inning effort against Seattle last week at Yankee Stadium in which he gave up nine runs on 10 hits in four innings.

"I knew what mistakes I made in the last game," Pavano said. "I was able to execute my pitches. I kept the ball on the ground a lot and I got some great plays. It was a great team effort."

Julio Mateo (1-1) made his first major-league start, allowing five runs and eight hits in five innings.

Rodriguez made it 5-0 in the fifth, lining a 1-1 fastball from Mateo 385 feet into Seattle's bullpen behind the left-field wall. Gary Sheffield was aboard after a one-out single.

New York led 2-0 in the second after Posada and Giambi hit RBI singles.

Notes

  • Seattle RF Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-5, ending his 10-game hitting streak.
  • By taking the first two of a three-game set, the Yankees assured themselves of their eighth series win at Safeco Field in nine visits. They've beaten Seattle in all five games this season and nine straight overall.
  • Mariners 3B Adrian Beltre left after five innings with a tight left hamstring. Team officials described the move as precautionary.
 
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Jason Giambi is all smiles in the dugout after blasting a solo homer in the sixth inning.  (AP)
Jason Giambi is all smiles in the dugout after blasting a solo homer in the sixth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Pavano
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 0
K 7
New York

J. Giambi
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5000014 .317
Tony Womack, LF5000010 .275
Gary Sheffield, RF3110200 .327
Hideki Matsui, CF5110013 .250
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4222001 .297
Tino Martinez, 1B3100112 .277
Jorge Posada, C4021011 .270
Jason Giambi, DH4133001 .227
Robinson Cano, 2B4010023 .327
Totals3761063715 
Batting
HR - Alex Rodriguez (13, Mateo), Jason Giambi (4, Thornton)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (38), Jorge Posada (21), Jason Giambi 3 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (18), Jason Giambi (4)
Team LOB - 7
New York Yankees
Carl Pavano (W,3-2) 9500070 4.00
HBP - Boone (by Carl Pavano)
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 133-90
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 15-5
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 33
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4000010 .338
Randy Winn, LF4000000 .289
Adrian Beltre, 3B2000010 .237
    Dave Hansen, 3B2010000 .143
Richie Sexson, 1B4020010 .230
Raul Ibanez, DH4010022 .266
Bret Boone, 2B3010014 .265
Jeremy Reed, CF3000002 .246
Miguel Olivo, C3000010 .144
Wilson Valdez, SS3000000 .200
Totals32050078 
Fielding
PB - Miguel Olivo (3)
Seattle Mariners
Julio Mateo (L,1-1) 5855111 2.00
Matt Thornton 3211151 6.27
Ron Villone 1000110 4.85
Pitches-Strikes - Julio Mateo 72-54, Matt Thornton 52-31, Ron Villone 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julio Mateo 3-11, Matt Thornton 1-3
Batters Faced - Julio Mateo 24, Matt Thornton 12, Ron Villone 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35549
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Bill Hohn