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NEW YORK -- Down by four runs and facing a blazing closer, the New York Yankees sure seemed to be in trouble.
Then again, startling comebacks are nothing new for this team. Not this week, anyway.
Johnny Damon hustled to beat a double-play relay that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning against Billy Wagner, then pinch-hitter Andy Phillips lined an RBI single in the 11th Saturday to lift the Yankees to an improbable 5-4 win over the New York Mets.
Trailing Texas 9-0 on Tuesday night, the Yankees matched their greatest comeback in team history. That might've been one for the record books, but this stunning turnaround in the Subway Series was just as sweet.
"Two memorable games in a week, but this one was maybe much more unlikely," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "We hadn't done anything today."
Pedro Martinez outpitched Mike Mussina and matched his season-high with seven innings, leaving with the Mets leading 4-0 and the sellout crowd at Shea Stadium shouting. The home fans were still screaming later, albeit for a different reason, when Wagner self-destructed.
"It stinks," Wagner said. "We deserved that game."
Phillips, hitting only .174, delivered a two-out single off Jorge Julio (1-2) after Miguel Cairo drew a leadoff walk and stole two bases.
Mariano Rivera (2-3) pitched two scoreless innings, a night after giving up David Wright's winning single in the bottom of the ninth.
Wagner looked nothing like the pitcher who overpowered the Yankees on Friday in striking out the side. He has already blown three of 11 save chances, and admitted he was surprised to get this call.
"We can make up all kinds of excuses, but I just stunk," he said.
Mussina did not expect to see Wagner, either.
"I was surprised Wagner was back in there, especially since it wasn't a save situation," he said. "Of course, you don't expect a closer of the quality of Billy Wagner to get wild like that."
But he did, in a big way.
Jason Giambi led off the ninth with a single, Alex Rodriguez walked and Robinson Cano singled for a run. With one out, rookie Melky Cabrera worked for an 11-pitch walk that loaded the bases, Kelly Stinnett walked to force home another run and pinch-hitter Bernie Williams was hit by a pitch, making it 4-3.
Pedro Feliciano relieved with the bases loaded and almost received the break the Mets needed to escape. Damon, who grounded into his first double play of the season in his previous at-bat, hit a slow bouncer to shortstop Jose Reyes, who threw to second baseman Kaz Matsui.
Damon, slowed by a bad foot, barely beat Matsui's relay as the tying run scored. Mets manager Willie Randolph argued first base umpire Tom Hallion's ruling, and later said he thought his team could've turned the DP. Whatever, replays showed Hallion made the right call.
"I made an all-out push to beat it," Damon said. "We had a shot to go down 2-0 to the Mets in the Subway Series, and we wanted to enjoy our dinner tonight. I was going to do everything I could."
The banged-up Yankees, with Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui on the disabled list, did not start Jorge Posada and Williams after they were injured Friday night.
They did nothing against Martinez, who blanked them on four hits and struck out eight. Carlos Delgado and Cliff Floyd homered, and Carlos Beltran and Wright hit RBI doubles off Mussina.
The Yankees did not help Mussina in making four errors, giving them 22 in 13 games. Overall, the Yankees made an error in their eighth consecutive game -- earlier, Torre called his team's fielding "terrible."
Speedy Reyes pressured the jittery Yankees into three misplays. He put them on the defensive from the get-go, when Rodriguez charged a slow chop and snapped a wide throw. Torre thinks his All-Star third baseman is moving his feet too much before pitches and not getting set.
Reyes stole second and continued to third when Stinnett's throw sailed into center field. Reyes reached in the fifth when Giambi fielded a slow grounder and flipped it high off Mussina's glove.
Delgado opened the fourth with a drive over the wall in left-center field. His 14th home run of the season also was his 383rd lifetime, tying Larry Walker for 50th place on the career list.
|Billy Wagner leaves Willie Randolph's Mets in a bind after giving up four runs in the ninth inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Johnny Damon, CF||5||0||0||1||1||0||2||.269|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.344|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.259|
|Mariano Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||4||1||2||0||1||1||2||.277|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||5||1||1||1||0||0||2||.313|
|Miguel Cairo, LF||4||1||0||0||1||1||3||.205|
|Melky Cabrera, RF||4||1||1||0||1||2||0||.310|
|Kelly Stinnett, C||4||0||0||1||1||3||3||.212|
|Mike Mussina, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|a- Kevin Reese, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Ron Villone, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Bernie Williams, PH||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.240|
|Scott Proctor, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andy Phillips, 1B||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.191|
|a-singled for Mussina in the 8th|
|b-hit by pitch for Villone in the 9th|
|RBI - Johnny Damon (23), Robinson Cano (18), Kelly Stinnett (4), Bernie Williams (17), Andy Phillips (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Andy Phillips (1)|
|SB - Johnny Damon (10, 3rd base off P. Martinez/Castro), Miguel Cairo 2 (3, 2nd base off Julio/Castro, 3rd base off Julio/Castro), Melky Cabrera (1, 2nd base off P. Martinez/Castro)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Jason Giambi (4, Wild throw), Alex Rodriguez (8, Wild throw), Kelly Stinnett (1, Wild throw), Ron Villone (1, Wild throw)|
|New York Yankees|
|Mariano Rivera (W,2-3)||2||1||0||0||0||4||0||3.05|
|IBB - Wright by Ron Villone|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Mussina 98-68, Ron Villone 21-11, Scott Proctor 14-10, Mariano Rivera 34-23|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Mussina 7-9, Mariano Rivera 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Mussina 28, Ron Villone 5, Scott Proctor 3, Mariano Rivera 7|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||1||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Kaz Matsui, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||1||2||.245|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||5||1||1||1||0||1||2||.252|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||5||1||1||1||0||1||3||.284|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||1||1||1||3||0||.314|
|Cliff Floyd, LF||5||1||1||1||0||1||3||.200|
|Xavier Nady, RF||5||0||0||0||0||3||0||.276|
|Ramon Castro, C||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.265|
|Pedro Martinez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.105|
|a- Julio Franco, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Duaner Sanchez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Billy Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Bradford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jose Valentin, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.255|
|Jorge Julio, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-doubled for P. Martinez in the 7th|
|b-popped out for Bradford in the 9th|
|2B - Carlos Beltran (7, Mussina), David Wright (12, Mussina), Julio Franco (1, Mussina)|
|HR - Carlos Delgado (14, Mussina), Cliff Floyd (4, Mussina)|
|RBI - Carlos Beltran (29), Carlos Delgado (30), David Wright (27), Cliff Floyd (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Wright (12)|
|SB - Jose Reyes (16, 3rd base off Mussina/Stinnett)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Delgado-Reyes-Matsui, Matsui-Reyes-Delgado, Reyes-Delgado|
|E - Ramon Castro (1, Wild throw), Cliff Floyd (1, Misplayed grounder), Pedro Martinez (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Pedro Feliciano (BS,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.71|
|Jorge Julio (L,1-2)||2||1||1||1||2||2||0||5.31|
|HBP - Williams (by Billy Wagner)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 102-67, Duaner Sanchez 10-6, Billy Wagner 31-14, Pedro Feliciano 2-2, Chad Bradford 5-3, Jorge Julio 32-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 5-8, Duaner Sanchez 2-0, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Chad Bradford 1-0, Jorge Julio 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 26, Duaner Sanchez 3, Billy Wagner 7, Pedro Feliciano 1, Chad Bradford 1, Jorge Julio 8|
|Attendance - 56185|
|Game Time - 3:36|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez|