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Wang pitches into ninth as Yanks win fourth straight since rout

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Johnny Damon felt good enough to play, and Joe Torre was looking for the right situation to get the ailing Yankees star into the game.

Out of the starting lineup for the third straight day because of a pulled muscle in his right side, Damon came off the bench to score as a pinch runner for Jason Giambi and later hit a two-run triple off Scott Kazmir to help New York beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-1 on Saturday night.

"It worked out perfectly," Damon said. "The timing, running for Jason, caught me off guard. But (Torre) knew exactly what he was doing. I'm just happy everything worked out."

Chien-Ming Wang (9-4) pitched 8 1/3 solid innings, allowing six hits, striking out two and walking two to help the Yankees win for the fourth straight time since an embarrassing 19-1 loss at Cleveland.

Jonny Gomes' sacrifice fly off Kyle Farnsworth in the ninth snapped Tampa Bay's scoreless innings streak at 19. Four Yankees pitchers teamed for a 1-0 shutout Friday night, and the Devil Rays hadn't scored since the seventh inning of a 12-5 loss to Boston on Thursday.

Farnsworth replaced Wang with runners at first and third after one-out singles by Aubrey Huff and Jorge Cantu.

Damon entered the game as a pinch runner after center fielder Rocco Baldelli misplayed Giambi's fly ball for a two-base error. He sprinted home, breaking a scoreless tie, when Jorge Posada singled off Kazmir (10-6) to snap an 0-for-13 streak.

Damon remained in the game as the designated hitter and tripled off the Devil Rays All-Star -- making it 3-0 -- after Melky Cabrera doubled and Derek Jeter drew an intentional walk with one out in the seventh.

"I knew he could play, but I just didn't want to throw him to the wolves out there with the first guy he's going to face being a tough left-hander," said Torre, who tied former Yankees manager Casey Stengel for 10th on baseball's career list with 1,926 victories.

Kazmir, coming off a two-hit, complete-game shutout of Boston, allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old left-hander struck out seven and walked four, two intentionally.

"Not too many people hit Kazmir well," Damon said. "He threw me four straight curveballs after having me down 0-2. I was able to stay on one. It worked out perfect."

Kazmir pitched the seventh despite some discomfort in the middle finger on his left hand.

"It was a callus that was just getting a little soft," Kazmir said. "It didn't affect me at all. It's fine."

The Yankees added two runs in the eighth when Cabrera and Jeter had RBI singles off reliever Edwin Jackson.

Kazmir struck out 10 and pitched the first complete game of his career against Boston last Monday. He limited the Red Sox to a third-inning single by Alex Gonzalez and ninth-inning double by Manny Ramirez, and was just as tough on the Yankees early.

He struck out Jeter and Giambi after giving up an infield hit to Kevin Thompson and a ground single to Cabrera with one out in the third. Kazmir gave up another infield hit to Thompson in the fifth, but worked out of a jam after Thompson stole second by getting Cabrera and Jeter to ground out.

But Wang was sharp, too, holding Tampa Bay to singles by Baldelli, Huff and Julio Lugo through five innings. The Devil Rays were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position during Friday's loss and failed to come up with the big hit again after Baldelli and Huff reached base in the fourth with one out.

It was the same story in the sixth after Carl Crawford tripled with one out. The speedy Tampa Bay star was easily thrown out at the plate when Baldelli hit a high-hopper to Jeter at shortstop.

"It's amazing after how well we swung the bats against a good Boston staff," manager Joe Maddon said of the Devil Rays' hitting woes. Tampa Bay won three of four from the Red Sox before facing the Yankees.

"I thought we would at least be able to produce a couple of runs, but you've got to tip your hat to them. They prepared well for this series. They're playing very well. Their pitching has been fantastic."

Notes

  • Damon was 1-for-12 against Kazmir before his triple.
  • Jeter has gone 177 at-bats without a home run, the second-longest homerless streak within the same season in his career. He went 313 at-bats without a homer in 1997.
  • Thompson started in right field and went 2-for-3 after being recalled from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day. To make room on the roster, RHP T.J. Beam was optioned to Columbus.
 
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Chien-Ming Wang allows six hits over 8 1/3 to lead the Yankees over the Devil Rays.  (AP)
Chien-Ming Wang allows six hits over 8 1/3 to lead the Yankees over the Devil Rays. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

C. Wang
IP 8.1
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 2
 
New York Yankees
Melky Cabrera, LF5131011 .276
Derek Jeter, SS4111113 .343
Jason Giambi, DH3000012 .261
    Johnny Damon, PR-DH2112002 .292
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3000222 .286
Jorge Posada, C4011104 .280
Bernie Williams, CF2010212 .279
    Bubba Crosby, CF1000010 .203
Andy Phillips, 1B5110014 .250
Miguel Cairo, 2B5110002 .246
Kevin Thompson, RF3020010 .357
Totals3751156922 
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (9, Kazmir)
3B - Johnny Damon (2, Kazmir)
SH - Kevin Thompson (1)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (28), Derek Jeter (52), Johnny Damon 2 (44), Jorge Posada (46)
SB - Kevin Thompson (1, 2nd base off Kazmir/Paul)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Derek Jeter (7, Wild throw)
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang (W,9-4) 8.1611220 4.00
Kyle Farnsworth 0.2000010 4.42
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 103-67, Kyle Farnsworth 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 15-7
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 32, Kyle Farnsworth 2
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS3010101 .297
Carl Crawford, LF4010002 .321
Rocco Baldelli, CF4010000 .314
Aubrey Huff, 3B4120001 .273
Jorge Cantu, 2B4010022 .269
Jonny Gomes, DH3001002 .246
Ty Wigginton, 1B4000012 .252
Damon Hollins, RF3000000 .227
Josh Paul, C2000100 .239
Totals311612310 
Batting
3B - Carl Crawford (8, Wang)
SF - Jonny Gomes (7)
RBI - Jonny Gomes (52)
CS - Carl Crawford (7, 2nd base by Wang/Posada), Josh Paul (2, 2nd base by Wang/Posada)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Lugo-Cantu-Wigginton
E - Rocco Baldelli (1, Dropped fly)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Scott Kazmir (L,10-6) 6.1732470 3.27
Chad Harville 0.2000110 5.19
Edwin Jackson 0.1422000 7.71
Jon Switzer 0.2000100 1.17
Travis Harper 1000010 4.33
IBB - Williams by Scott Kazmir, by Jeter
WP - Scott Kazmir (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 101-58, Chad Harville 16-9, Edwin Jackson 13-11, Jon Switzer 18-9, Travis Harper 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 7-5, Edwin Jackson 1-0, Travis Harper 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 30, Chad Harville 3, Edwin Jackson 5, Jon Switzer 3, Travis Harper 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34787
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Joe West