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Yanks' Womack wins it in 11; Giambi closes torrid July in style

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- With Jason Giambi driving one ball after another into the seats, the New York Yankees can overcome just about any deficit these days.

Giambi hit two home runs to reach 300 for his career and Tony Womack had an 11th-inning single through a five-man infield as New York rallied from a four-run deficit for the second straight day, beating the Los Angeles Angels 8-7 Sunday.

"As long as those home runs are contributing to wins, I'm happy," Giambi said. "I can't stop and smell the roses now; we've got to keep getting wins."

Brothers Bengie and Jose Molina both homered in a major-league game for the first time, connecting against Randy Johnson, but the Angels still lost their sixth in seven games, trimming their AL West lead to 1½ games over Oakland.

Derek Jeter had four hits to help the Yankees, who stranded 14 runners. New York took two of three from a longtime nemesis and finished 4-2 on a homestand that included another possible playoff opponent, the Minnesota Twins.

"I think it definitely builds confidence on our team, especially doing it against one of the best bullpens in the game," Alex Rodriguez said. "You have to really battle those guys."

Hideki Matsui tripled off the center-field fence against Kevin Gregg (1-2) to start the 11th, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia brought Chone Figgins in from center field to give his team five infielders. But Womack, who entered as a pinch-runner in the 10th, grounded a one-out single through the left side, ending a four-hour, 20-minute game.

Tom Gordon (4-4) pitched a perfect 11th for the win.

With two on in the ninth, third baseman Maicer Izturis made a diving play on Andy Phillips' grounder down the third-base line to send the game into extra innings.

Figgins then led off the 10th with a triple against Mariano Rivera, and Vladimir Guerrero's single on a 3-0 pitch gave Los Angeles a 7-6 lead.

But with runners at the corners and two outs in the bottom half, Gary Sheffield's grounder took a bad hop and glanced off Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera for an RBI single that evened the score.

An error by Gold Glove first baseman Darin Erstad, a defensive replacement for Jose Molina, helped New York score four times in the eighth. Matsui had an RBI single, and Jeter's two-out single off Scot Shields tied it at 6.

"They've played us tough for years now," Jeter said. "They made a few mistakes today, and that's sort of out of character. They're a pretty solid team."

Making his second major-league start, Chris Bootcheck held the Yankees to five hits through six innings and left with a 4-1 lead before the bullpen and some shoddy defense cost him his first career win.

"It's a tough one to swallow," Bootcheck said. "I was hoping to eat up as many innings as I could and keep us in the ballgame."

Bengie Molina hit a three-run shot in the fourth, his 10th homer this year and second of the series. Jose connected leading off the fifth.

It was the first time brothers homered for the same team in one game since Aug. 11, 2001, when Jason and Jeremy Giambi connected for Oakland against the Yankees, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"It doesn't matter right now," Jose Molina said. "We lose."

Normally Bengie's backup at catcher, Jose Molina made his first career start at first base to give Erstad a rest with Johnson on the mound. Their other brother, Yadier, is the regular catcher for the Cardinals.

Jason Giambi connected in the second inning off Bootcheck and the seventh against Esteban Yan, giving the streaking slugger three homers in four at-bats. Giambi's two-run shot in the eighth Saturday began New York's comeback in another 8-7 victory.

Giambi hit a major league-best 14 homers in July, the most in a month by a Yankees player since Mickey Mantle hit 14 in July 1961. Roger Maris had 13 that month, too.

"That's the exciting part about being a Yankee," Giambi said. "Whenever you do anything special, you're joining Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, DiMaggio. That's one of the reasons I came here."

He took a curtain call after No. 300 cut Los Angeles' lead to 4-2.

Cabrera hit an RBI double in the eighth, and Juan Rivera added a sacrifice fly. Johnson allowed six runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and two walks, his ERA rising to 4.11.

"I'm glad we battled back. I hate to leave the team in a hole," he said.

Figgins made an incredible, diving catch to rob Bernie Williams of extra bases in the second, probably saving a run. The catch was so good he got a standing ovation from the crowd of 53,653.

"As a kid, you look to make plays like that at a place like Yankee Stadium," Figgins said. "Just one of those moments."

Notes

  • During the game, the Yankees traded LHP Buddy Groom to Arizona for a player to be named or cash. Groom lashed out at manager Joe Torre after he was designated for assignment Saturday to make room for newly acquired LHP Alan Embree.
  • It was Giambi's 27th multihomer game, his fourth this season.
  • The Angels entered with only 54 errors, best in the AL.
 
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Jason Giambi and Tony Womack are Sunday's heroes as the Yankees edge the Angels in 11 innings.  (AP)
Jason Giambi and Tony Womack are Sunday's heroes as the Yankees edge the Angels in 11 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Giambi
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Anaheim

O. Cabrera
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF4120010 .287
Orlando Cabrera, SS4231101 .249
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4011013 .307
Garret Anderson, LF4000113 .287
Juan Rivera, RF3101110 .241
Bengie Molina, C5113002 .296
Maicer Izturis, 3B5000010 .275
Jose Molina, 1B3111020 .218
    Darin Erstad, 1B1010000 .280
Adam Kennedy, 2B3100011 .328
Totals367973810 
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (15, R. Johnson)
3B - Chone Figgins (7, M. Rivera)
HR - Bengie Molina (10, R. Johnson), Jose Molina (4, R. Johnson)
SF - Juan Rivera (1)
SH - Chone Figgins (5)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (28), Vladimir Guerrero (65), Juan Rivera (30), Bengie Molina 3 (45), Jose Molina (13)
2-OUT RBI - Bengie Molina 3 (26)
SB - Orlando Cabrera 3 (12, 2nd base off R. Johnson/Flaherty, 2nd base off R. Johnson/Flaherty, 3rd base off Embree/Posada), Vladimir Guerrero (7, 2nd base off Embree/Posada)
CS - Chone Figgins (8, 2nd base by R. Johnson/Flaherty), Orlando Cabrera (1, 2nd base by R. Johnson/Flaherty), Vladimir Guerrero (1, 3rd base by F. Rodriguez/Posada)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Kennedy-Molina
E - Chris Bootcheck (1, Wild throw), Darin Erstad (2, Misplayed grounder), Adam Kennedy (4, Wild throw)
Los Angeles Angels
Chris Bootcheck 6511031 0.60
Esteban Yan (H,1) 0.2111111 3.97
Brendan Donnelly (H,12) 0.2231210 3.35
Scot Shields (BS,5) 0.2110100 2.20
Joel Peralta 1000100 3.81
Kevin Gregg (BS,1; L,1-2) 1.1422240 7.02
IBB - Giambi by Kevin Gregg
WP - Brendan Donnelly (2), Kevin Gregg (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Bootcheck 79-55, Esteban Yan 17-7, Brendan Donnelly 23-13, Scot Shields 26-12, Joel Peralta 22-14, Kevin Gregg 55-32
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Bootcheck 7-8, Brendan Donnelly 1-0, Scot Shields 2-1, Joel Peralta 2-2
Batters Faced - Chris Bootcheck 23, Esteban Yan 4, Brendan Donnelly 6, Scot Shields 5, Joel Peralta 5, Kevin Gregg 10
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5041110 .305
Robinson Cano, 2B6000029 .298
Gary Sheffield, RF5111101 .300
Alex Rodriguez, 3B6010033 .317
Hideki Matsui, LF6221002 .308
Jason Giambi, DH3322301 .286
Tino Martinez, 1B4010010 .222
    Bubba Crosby, PR0100000 .194
    Andy Phillips, 1B2000014 .147
Bernie Williams, CF4011001 .245
    Tony Womack, PR-CF1111000 .249
John Flaherty, C2000000 .150
   a- Jorge Posada, PH-C1000211 .250
Totals4581377922 
a-walked for Flaherty in the 7th
Batting
2B - Bernie Williams (14, Gregg)
3B - Hideki Matsui (2, Gregg)
HR - Jason Giambi 2 (19, Bootcheck, Yan)
SF - Bernie Williams (4)
RBI - Derek Jeter (42), Gary Sheffield (81), Hideki Matsui (81), Jason Giambi 2 (46), Bernie Williams (39), Tony Womack (13)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (19), Gary Sheffield (17), Jason Giambi (15)
SB - Alex Rodriguez (10, 2nd base off Bootcheck/Molina)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Cano-Phillips
New York Yankees
Randy Johnson 7.1666272 4.11
Tanyon Sturtze0000000 4.13
Alan Embree 0.1000100 7.82
Felix Rodriguez 0.1000000 4.41
Mariano Rivera 2311010 0.97
Tom Gordon (W,4-4) 1000000 3.08
IBB - G. Anderson by Alan Embree
HBP - Kennedy (by Randy Johnson), Guerrero (by Tanyon Sturtze)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 114-78, Tanyon Sturtze 2-1, Alan Embree 7-3, Felix Rodriguez 2-1, Mariano Rivera 24-15, Tom Gordon 11-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 8-5, Mariano Rivera 1-3, Tom Gordon 2-1
Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 29, Tanyon Sturtze 1, Alan Embree 2, Mariano Rivera 8, Tom Gordon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 53653
Game Time - 4:20
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Mark Wegner