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Jeter's ninth-inning ribby pushes Yankees past Orioles

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- The list of big-name players unavailable to New York Yankees manager Joe Torre was staggering.

Alex Rodriguez. Hideki Matsui. Gary Sheffield. Mariano Rivera.

None of them were healthy enough to face the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. Derek Jeter was in the lineup, though, and he provided two clutch hits to lift New York to a 6-5 victory.

Returning from a two-day absence because of a hand injury, Jeter put New York ahead with an RBI single in the seventh inning, then drove in the tiebreaking run in the ninth to cap a 3-for-4 night.

"I can't say you don't appreciate him until you see something like that. You appreciate him all the time. He's very special," Torre said. "Something happens when a must-situation comes up and there he is, twice in a row."

Andy Phillips and Jason Giambi homered for the Yankees, who finished with 12 hits. New York has at least 10 hits in nine straight games for the first time since July 1958, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

With the score 5-all in the ninth, Johnny Damon singled off Chris Ray (1-1). With two outs, Damon tried to steal second and was called out when tagged by Brian Roberts, but the second baseman was charged with an error when the ball popped from his glove.

"The guy slid, the tag was put on him," crew chief Bruce Froemming said. "But upon the tag, the ball came out and when he brought his glove up, he didn't have the ball. The call was changed."

Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo came out to argue, but without much fervor.

"I didn't see a big argument out of Brian," Perlozzo said. "We still had to get Jeter out, and he came through."

Jeter followed with an opposite-field single to right, assuring the Yankees their sixth win in seven games.

With Rodriguez out with a stomach ailment, Jeter batted third for the first time since Sept. 28, 2003, against Baltimore.

"I was able to play the last couple of days, (but) he gave me those days off," Jeter said. "Fortunately, I felt pretty good today."

Miguel Tejada, Ramon Hernandez and Javy Lopez all had three hits for the Orioles.

Rodriguez was a late scratch, and may not be ready Saturday. But the Yankees played another game without Sheffield and Matsui, who are both on the disabled list with wrist injuries.

Rivera, the closer, was also unavailable because of a sore back, and catcher Jorge Posada was rested until being summoned as a pinch hitter in the ninth.

But the Yankees did have Jeter, who provided enough offense to enable New York to overcome the Orioles' 13 hits.

"It was an exciting game once you look back," Torre said, "but I don't want to play it again."

With the score 3-3, Baltimore's Todd Williams struck out the first two batters in the seventh before Damon singled and Melky Cabrera walked. Jeter then bounced an RBI single up the middle, and Cabrera scored on a wild pitch by Kurt Birkins.

Baltimore tied it in the eighth. After Luis Matos hit an RBI double off former Oriole Scott Erickson, Kyle Farnsworth (2-3) entered with the bases loaded and one out. Melvin Mora hit a potential double-play grounder to Miguel Cairo, who was playing third for Rodriguez. Cairo momentarily lost control of the ball and had to throw to first as the tying run crossed the plate.

Farnsworth, who had blown two straight save chances, worked a perfect ninth.

"That's the one thing you need to do, get right back out there, get that taste out of your mouth," Torre said. "I know he was still struggling with it somewhat today."

New York trailed 2-0 before Phillips homered off Kris Benson leading off the fifth.

The Yankees went up 3-2 in the sixth when Jeter walked and Giambi hit a 3-2 pitch from Benson over the right-field wall, his 15th homer of the season and third in four games.

New York starter Jaret Wright allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings. He retired 10 straight before he mishandled a bunt by Corey Patterson with two outs in the sixth. Patterson stole his AL-leading 22nd base and scored on a single by Lopez.

After a double by Nick Markakis put runners at second and third, Wright finished up by getting Matos to ground out.

The Orioles got a run in the first inning when Tejada hit a two-out single, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Hernandez.

The duo helped produce another run in the third. Tejada singled, took third on a double by Hernandez and scored on a groundout by Kevin Millar.

Notes

  • The Orioles put OF Jay Gibbons (hip, knee) on the 15-day disabled list after the game.
  • New York has held the lead in 14 straight games.
  • The game attracted 46,168 fans, the Orioles' second sellout of the season.
  • Phillips had his fourth straight multihit game.
 
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Jason Giambi hits his 15th homer of the season off Kris Benson in the sixth inning.  (AP)
Jason Giambi hits his 15th homer of the season off Kris Benson in the sixth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Jeter
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Baltimore

J. Lopez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF5220000
Melky Cabrera, LF3110201
Derek Jeter, SS4132101
Jason Giambi, DH5122022
Bernie Williams, RF4010002
Robinson Cano, 2B4010001
Andy Phillips, 1B4121002
Miguel Cairo, 3B4000021
Kelly Stinnett, C3000011
   a- Jorge Posada, PH-C1000010
Totals3761253611 
a-struck out for Stinnett in the 9th
Batting
HR - Jason Giambi (, Benson), Andy Phillips (, Benson)
RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (), Jason Giambi 2 (), Andy Phillips ()
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter 2 ()
SB - Andy Phillips (, 2nd base off Benson/Hernandez)
CS - Johnny Damon (, 2nd base by Ray/Hernandez), Melky Cabrera (, 2nd base by Benson/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1
E - Jaret Wright (, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Jaret Wright 6932020
Ron Villone (H,) 1.1311010
Scott Erickson0111100
Kyle Farnsworth (BS,; W,-) 1.2000100
IBB - B. Roberts by Scott Erickson, Tejada by Kyle Farnsworth
HBP - Conine (by Scott Erickson)
WP - Jaret Wright 2 ()
Pitches-Strikes - Jaret Wright 89-58, Ron Villone 33-20, Scott Erickson 11-3, Kyle Farnsworth 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaret Wright 8-8, Ron Villone 2-1, Kyle Farnsworth 2-3
Batters Faced - Jaret Wright 27, Ron Villone 7, Scott Erickson 3, Kyle Farnsworth 6
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4010102
Melvin Mora, 3B5001000
Miguel Tejada, SS4230100
Ramon Hernandez, C5031003
Kevin Millar, 1B5001003
Corey Patterson, CF5100021
Javy Lopez, DH5131000
Nick Markakis, RF3020000
   a- Jeff Conine, PH-LF0100000
Luis Matos, LF-RF4011014
Totals4051352313 
a-hit by pitch for Markakis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ramon Hernandez (, Wright), Javy Lopez (, Wright), Nick Markakis (, Wright), Luis Matos (, Erickson)
RBI - Melvin Mora (), Ramon Hernandez (), Kevin Millar (), Javy Lopez (), Luis Matos ()
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Hernandez (), Javy Lopez ()
SB - Corey Patterson (, 2nd base off Wright/Stinnett)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Tejada-Millar
E - Brian Roberts (, Missed catch)
Baltimore Orioles
Kris Benson 6733212
Todd Williams 0.2222120
Kurt Birkins 1.1100010
Chris Ray (L,-) 1210020
WP - Kris Benson (), Kurt Birkins ()
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 92-52, Todd Williams 23-13, Kurt Birkins 12-9, Chris Ray 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 7-8, Kurt Birkins 1-2
Batters Faced - Kris Benson 25, Todd Williams 5, Kurt Birkins 5, Chris Ray 5
Game Information
Attendance - 48168
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Bruce Froemming, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Brian Runge