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Williams comes up huge as Yanks rally to beat Tigers

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DETROIT -- The New York Yankees know their star-studded team has to keep scrapping for wins to turn around a lackluster season.

Tony Womack hit an RBI single with two outs and an 0-2 count in the ninth to break a tie and Bernie Williams followed with a three-run homer to lift New York to an 8-4 comeback victory Saturday night over Detroit.

The Yankees (40-39) have rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the sixth inning or later in each of their last three victories.

"It was a big hit for Tony, but a bigger hit for the (Bronx) Bombers," said Alex Rodriguez, who scored the go-ahead run after snapping an 0-for-15 slump with a double. "We needed that win on the road, grinding it out like that. When you're scratching and clawing and you get a victory, you feel good."

Williams finished with five RBI, matching a season high, and a season-high four hits that moved him past Don Mattingly for fifth place on the Yankees' career list with 2,157 hits.

"There's been so much talk about him getting on in age, but with that comes longevity where you've been with one organization, which doesn't happen very often," New York manager Joe Torre said. "I'm pleased for him."

Dmitri Young's three-run homer gave Detroit a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning before the Yankees came back with two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and four in the ninth off closer Troy Percival (1-2).

"The Yankees may struggle, but that's a team you never take lightly - there are too many great players over there," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "There's a lot of time for them to get going."

With a little more than half the season left, Torre said his players shouldn't worry about the teams ahead of them in the AL East and wild-card race.

"We just have to fight," he said. "There's plenty of baseball left and we're very fortunate that we're as close as we are, playing .500 ball. They're trying, nobody is throwing in the towel and that's the most important thing."

Tom Gordon (2-3) entered the game in the seventh for New York, and retired five straight before Carlos Guillen reached on an error and Magglio Ordonez walked. Gordon got out of the eighth unscathed by striking out Ivan Rodriguez, who reacted by whipping his bat toward Detroit's dugout, hitting Young's foot in the on-deck circle.

"That was big," Torre said. "He picked everyone up striking out Pudge."

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth, extending the longest active scoreless streak in the majors to 21 innings.

New York's Mike Mussina started and finished strong, but was roughed up in the fourth inning. He gave up four runs -- all in one inning -- on seven hits while striking out five and walking none. He didn't give up a hit until Craig Monroe hit an infield single with one out in the third inning, then gave up just two hits over his final two innings.

Detroit's Sean Douglass gave up three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and two walks. He struck out six in his second start of the season, replacing Wilfredo Ledezma as the Tigers' No. 5 starter.

Fernando Rodney relieved Douglass and gave up a run on two hits, getting only two outs.

Rodriguez hit a one-out double off Percival in the ninth. Hideki Matsui then popped out and Jorge Posada was intentionally walked, bringing Womack, who entered the game as a pinch-runner for Jason Giambi, to the plate.

"The Yankees have been a great challenge for all 11 years I've been in the league," said Percival, who made his 600th appearance. "I've never had a big problem against them, but they got me."

Womack had just nine hits in his previous 61 at-bats.

"I know I can play, that's all that matters," he said.

Detroit went up 4-1 in the fourth on two singles, a double and a home run. Placido Polanco singled and scored on Ordonez's double and Young followed with his 13th homer.

Alex Rodriguez led off the sixth with a strikeout, but reached on a passed ball that skipped off the edge of Ivan Rodriguez's glove, then Matsui walked. Both scored on Williams' single.

Gary Sheffield's double scored Derek Jeter, who reached on an infield single, and tied the game 4-4 in the seventh.

Notes

  • In another setback for New York's rotation, Carl Pavano will not start on Sunday because of a sore shoulder.
  • Ivan Rodriguez was presented with his Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards before the game.
  • The Yankees acquired pitchers Darrell May and Tim Redding from San Diego for Paul Quantrill, but both are expected to go to Triple-A Columbus.
  • OF Rondell White was out of the lineup for the Tigers with a sore shoulder. Ordonez has a home run, a double and three RBI in two games since returning from the DL.
 
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Except for a rough fourth inning, Mike Mussina starts and finishes strong in six innings of work.  (AP)
Except for a rough fourth inning, Mike Mussina starts and finishes strong in six innings of work. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

D. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

B. Williams
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 5
 

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4110121 .302
Robinson Cano, 2B5020004 .292
Gary Sheffield, RF5011013 .297
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4310122 .323
Hideki Matsui, LF4120102 .307
Jorge Posada, C4101113 .270
Jason Giambi, 1B3000112 .249
    Tony Womack, PR-CF1111000 .243
Bernie Williams, DH5145001 .261
Bubba Crosby, CF3010003 .200
   a- Tino Martinez, PH-1B2000001 .223
Totals4081385722 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Crosby in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gary Sheffield (18, Rodney), Alex Rodriguez (17, Percival)
3B - Robinson Cano (2, Douglass)
HR - Bernie Williams (5, Percival)
RBI - Gary Sheffield (57), Jorge Posada (38), Tony Womack (12), Bernie Williams 5 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Womack (2), Bernie Williams 5 (18)
CS - Bubba Crosby (1, 3rd base by Douglass/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Robinson Cano (9, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Mike Mussina 6744051 4.06
Tom Gordon (W,2-3) 2000130 2.90
Mariano Rivera 1000000 0.88
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Mussina 90-60, Tom Gordon 35-23, Mariano Rivera 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Mussina 5-7, Tom Gordon 4-0, Mariano Rivera 3-0
Batters Faced - Mike Mussina 24, Tom Gordon 8, Mariano Rivera 3
Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B4010021 .295
Placido Polanco, 2B4110000 .329
Carlos Guillen, SS4110010 .344
Magglio Ordonez, RF3111110 .118
Ivan Rodriguez, C4010014 .293
Dmitri Young, 1B4113011 .253
Chris Shelton, DH4000000 .333
Craig Monroe, LF4010010 .285
Nook Logan, CF3000011 .279
Totals34474187 
Batting
2B - Magglio Ordonez (1, Mussina)
HR - Dmitri Young (13, Mussina)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez (3), Dmitri Young 3 (38)
SB - Nook Logan (17, 2nd base off Mussina/Posada)
CS - Brandon Inge (2, 2nd base by Mussina/Posada)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Rodriguez-Inge
PB - Ivan Rodriguez (3)
Detroit Tigers
Sean Douglass 6731260 1.50
Fernando Rodney (BS,2) 0.2211010 3.52
Jamie Walker 0.1000000 1.69
Kyle Farnsworth 1100200 2.18
Troy Percival (L,1-2) 1344101 5.24
IBB - Posada by Troy Percival
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Douglass 86-53, Fernando Rodney 18-11, Jamie Walker 4-3, Kyle Farnsworth 19-9, Troy Percival 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Douglass 3-9, Jamie Walker 1-0, Kyle Farnsworth 3-0
Batters Faced - Sean Douglass 27, Fernando Rodney 4, Jamie Walker 1, Kyle Farnsworth 6, Troy Percival 7
Game Information
Attendance - 41207
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Brian Gorman