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Yankees 9, Rangers 8

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

NEW YORK -- There's no surprise Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera played key roles in the New York Yankees' victory.

But Scott Proctor filled a void better than anyone could have expected.

Jeter hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning after the Yankees bullpen blew a strong spot start by Proctor, and Rivera shut down one last Texas Rangers rally in a 9-8 win Thursday night.

Proctor was making his first big-league start in place of Randy Johnson, who was skipped because of a bad back, and held Texas to three hits -- two on solo homers to David Dellucci -- before leaving with a 6-2 lead after five-plus innings.

"He did a magnificent job," said Yankees manager Joe Torre. "He was the star of the night for me."

But the Yankees' weak middle-inning relievers let the Rangers back in the game. Trailing 8-4 in the seventh, Texas scored four runs off Felix Rodriguez and Tanyon Sturtze (4-1), who gave up a tying three-run home run to Michael Young.

In the bottom half, Jeter hit a 2-0 fastball from James Baldwin (0-2) to give the Yankees the lead.

"I got ahead in the count so I was trying to drive it," Jeter said. "The ball was carrying pretty good."

Texas loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth against Tom Gordon and Torre reluctantly summoned Rivera, who pitched two innings Wednesday.

"This was a panic move," Torre said jokingly.

After falling behind 3-1, Rivera got Dellucci to foul out to end the inning.

"It's not the first time anyone has been in that situation facing Rivera," Texas manager Buck Showalter said.

Rivera then finished for his 31st consecutive save, the longest streak of his career.

The Yankees moved within five games of the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox. Texas matched a season-high with its fifth straight road loss.

New York trailed 2-0 in the third after Dellucci homered in his first two at-bats. Dellucci tied a career high with four hits and scored four runs.

The Yankees closed to 2-1 on Hideki Matsui's RBI single in the bottom of the third and went ahead on Robinson Cano's two-run double in the fourth.

Matsui's leadoff homer -- his 18th of the season -- in the fifth inning made it 4-2, chasing John Wasdin.

Reliever Erasmo Ramirez hit Jason Giambi with a pitch and Jorge Posada followed with a two-run homer to deep left-center to make it 6-2.

Wasdin, making his seventh start of the year, allowed four runs and eight hits in four-plus innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Dellucci's home run leading off the game was Texas' first homer in four games. The Rangers have 192 home runs, most in the majors. It was Dellucci's third multihomer game this season and sixth in his career.

Texas scored twice in the sixth inning. Alan Embree relieved Proctor with Rod Barajas on first. Embree relieved and allowed an RBI double by Young and a run-scoring groundout by Mark Teixeira.

Proctor gave up three runs and struck out three without walking a batter.

The Yankees made it 8-4 on a throwing error by Young and a sacrifice fly by Tino Martinez in the bottom half.

Felix Rodriguez gave up an RBI single to Rod Barajas to make it 8-5. After Dellucci doubled, Sturtze entered and Young greeted him with a three-run homer to tie it.


Proctor's most recent start was in 2002 with the Los Angeles Dodgers' Double-A Jacksonville farm team. ... The section of the center-field scoreboard that highlights total pitches thrown for balls and strikes did not function after the Rangers were retired in the first inning. ... Proctor was the 14th starter used by the Yankees this season.
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Players of the Game

D. Dellucci
AB 5
R 4
H 4
HR 2
New York

D. Jeter
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, LF5442003 .267
Michael Young, SS5124020 .326
Mark Teixeira, 1B4011100 .279
Hank Blalock, 3B5000013 .282
Alfonso Soriano, 2B5010012 .285
Phil Nevin, DH4000001 .252
Gary Matthews Jr., CF3110110 .278
Kevin Mench, RF3000101 .268
Rod Barajas, C3211110 .259
2B - David Dellucci (13, F. Rodriguez), Michael Young (24, Embree)
HR - David Dellucci 2 (21, Proctor, Proctor), Michael Young (17, Sturtze)
RBI - David Dellucci 2 (45), Michael Young 4 (64), Mark Teixeira (94), Rod Barajas (36)
2-OUT RBI - David Dellucci (13), Michael Young 3 (29), Rod Barajas (18)
SB - Gary Matthews Jr. 2 (6, 2nd base off F. Rodriguez/Posada, 2nd base off Gordon/Posada)
Team LOB - 6
E - Michael Young (8, wild throw)
Texas Rangers
John Wasdin 4844341 4.56
Erasmo Ramirez 1222001 5.40
James Baldwin (L,0-2) 1.2333311 3.18
Brian Shouse 1000100 4.69
Steve Karsay 0.1000100 6.55
HBP - Giambi (by Erasmo Ramirez)
WP - Brian Shouse (1)
Pitches-Strikes - John Wasdin 87-56, Erasmo Ramirez 11-7, James Baldwin 47-23, Brian Shouse 16-7, Steve Karsay 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Wasdin 2-6, Erasmo Ramirez 2-1, James Baldwin 3-1, Brian Shouse 2-1, Steve Karsay 1-0
Batters Faced - John Wasdin 23, Erasmo Ramirez 6, James Baldwin 11, Brian Shouse 4, Steve Karsay 2
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS6231005 .309
Robinson Cano, 2B4112102 .282
Gary Sheffield, RF5130012 .305
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3000234 .314
Hideki Matsui, LF5222003 .298
Jason Giambi, DH3100112 .284
Jorge Posada, C4112102 .247
Tino Martinez, 1B2011200 .232
Tony Womack, CF3120002 .244
   a- Bernie Williams, PH0000100 .242
    Bubba Crosby, PR-CF0000000 .189
a-walked for Womack in the 8th
2B - Derek Jeter 2 (20, Wasdin, Wasdin), Robinson Cano (24, Wasdin), Gary Sheffield (24, Baldwin)
HR - Derek Jeter (13, Baldwin), Hideki Matsui (18, Wasdin), Jorge Posada (15, Ramirez)
SF - Tino Martinez (4)
SH - Tony Womack (7)
RBI - Derek Jeter (48), Robinson Cano 2 (42), Hideki Matsui 2 (83), Jorge Posada 2 (50), Tino Martinez (43)
SB - Derek Jeter (11, 3rd base off Wasdin/Barajas)
Team LOB - 13
DP - Jeter-Cano-T. Martinez
New York Yankees
Scott Proctor 5333032 5.20
Alan Embree 0.2211010 7.53
Felix Rodriguez (H,2) 1233100 5.30
Tanyon Sturtze (BS,3; W,4-1) 0.1111101 4.40
Tom Gordon (H,21) 0.2100200 2.88
Mariano Rivera (S,31) 1.1100020 1.03
WP - Scott Proctor (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Proctor 76-50, Alan Embree 10-7, Felix Rodriguez 18-10, Tanyon Sturtze 11-4, Tom Gordon 18-7, Mariano Rivera 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Proctor 4-8, Alan Embree 1-0, Felix Rodriguez 1-2, Tanyon Sturtze 1-0, Tom Gordon 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Proctor 18, Alan Embree 4, Felix Rodriguez 6, Tanyon Sturtze 3, Tom Gordon 5, Mariano Rivera 5
Game Information
Attendance - 54283
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Angel A. Hernandez, Third Base - Chad Fairchild