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"We needed to win that game," Derek Jeter said. "Wang deserves all the credit."
Meeting for the first time this season, the Indians and Yankees entered tied for the major league lead with 359 runs apiece.
But Wang and Byrd silenced the offenses in an old-fashioned pitchers' duel, and New York's bullpen closed it out.
"That's one thing that has never changed in this game -- pitching can control the hitting," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.
After stranding five runners in his first two at-bats, Cano connected on a 1-1 pitch from Byrd (5-5) with one out in the sixth, sending a drive over the right-field fence.
"It was a hanging curveball," Byrd said. "He wasn't hitting anything soft off me, particularly. So I tried to locate it down and away. I just missed it. It's a shame that was the game."
The Indians had their best scoring chance in the top half, when Grady Sizemore led off with a double off the center-field fence and moved to third on a long flyout.
But after an intentional walk to Travis Hafner, Wang got streaking slugger Victor Martinez to ground into an inning-ending double play.
"It worked out perfect for them," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "That kid has a real heavy sinker, too. It has some run on it as well as some down to it."
Aaron Boone reached on an infield single to start the eighth and advanced on a sacrifice, chasing Wang.
Mike Myers and Kyle Farnsworth got out of the inning unscathed, and Mariano Rivera fanned two in a hitless ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances.
"Mo's got that glare about him right now," Torre said.
In his second major league season, the 26-year-old Wang (7-2) pitched five-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings -- improving to 6-1 with a fill-in save in his past nine appearances.
"We needed him and he came through," Rivera said.
Wang walked one, struck out three and has allowed only one run in 14 1/3 innings over his last two starts -- against Boston and Cleveland.
"Most guys, if they make it to second, they say how good he is," Jeter said.
This performance was especially important for the Yankees, who had dropped four straight, all at home, to match their longest skid of the year.
"He goes out there and just goes about his business. I don't think he gets too concerned about what's going on," catcher Jorge Posada said. "You can call any pitch and you know where he's going to be."
Byrd yielded six hits and three walks in seven innings. He struck out six, tying a season high.
The Indians, blanked for the fourth time this year, have lost four of five and seven of 10.
"You hate to waste an effort like that," Boone said. "We just couldn't get much going and couldn't get that big hit. But Wang had a lot to do with that."
The Yankees put their leadoff batter on in each of the first five innings but Byrd pitched out of trouble.
Jeter was back at shortstop after three games as the designated hitter because of a bruised right thumb. He shook his hand in obvious pain immediately after a fifth-inning check swing that resulted in a 1-6-3 double play. But he made a strong, accurate relay throw on Martinez's double-play ball the following inning.
|Chien-Ming Wang allows five hits for 7 1/3 innings, improving to 6-1 in his last nine appearances. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Grady Sizemore, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.302|
|Casey Blake, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.304|
|Travis Hafner, DH||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.312|
|Victor Martinez, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.300|
|Ben Broussard, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.359|
|a- Eduardo Perez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.302|
|Ron Belliard, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.276|
|Todd Hollandsworth, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|Aaron Boone, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.282|
|Ramon Vazquez, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.147|
|a-struck out for Broussard in the 9th|
|2B - Grady Sizemore (16, Wang)|
|SH - Ramon Vazquez 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Byrd-Vazquez-Broussard|
|E - Paul Byrd (3, wild throw)|
|Paul Byrd (L,5-5)||7||6||1||1||3||6||1||4.81|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 115-73, Fausto Carmona 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 7-8, Fausto Carmona 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 30, Fausto Carmona 3|
|New York Yankees|
|Johnny Damon, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.290|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.274|
|Derek Jeter, SS||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.332|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.278|
|Jorge Posada, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.292|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||0||5||.322|
|Bernie Williams, DH||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Andy Phillips, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.260|
|Kevin Thompson, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.273|
|2B - Bernie Williams (9, Byrd)|
|HR - Robinson Cano (4, Byrd)|
|RBI - Robinson Cano (26)|
|SB - Derek Jeter (11, 2nd base off Byrd/Martinez)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Cano-Jeter-Phillips|
|E - Andy Phillips (4, misplayed groudner)|
|New York Yankees|
|Chien-Ming Wang (W,7-2)||7.1||5||0||0||1||3||0||4.15|
|Mike Myers (H,8)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.73|
|Kyle Farnsworth (H,9)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.60|
|Mariano Rivera (S,13)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.91|
|IBB - Hafner by Chien-Ming Wang|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 90-61, Mike Myers 4-3, Kyle Farnsworth 4-3, Mariano Rivera 12-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 13-5, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0, Mariano Rivera 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 27, Mike Myers 1, Kyle Farnsworth 1, Mariano Rivera 4|
|Attendance - 50365|
|Game Time - 2:31|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Dana DeMuth|