Seattle at New York

N.Y. Yankees
W: C. Wang (10-4) L: J. Washburn (4-10)
S: M. Rivera (22)
HR: SEA - None   NYY - J. Giambi (28)

Wang shuts down Mariners, Rivera escapes jam in ninth

CBS wire reports

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees are riding Mariano Rivera's right arm during an impressive winning streak.

Now, they're hoping for good news about Alex Rodriguez's big toe.

Rivera wriggled out of another jam for his 401st save, Jason Giambi homered and Chien-Ming Wang pitched around some sloppy defense to lead the surging Yankees past the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Monday night.

Coming off a sweep of the World Series champion Chicago White Sox, New York won its fourth straight and eighth in nine games to move a season-best 18 games above .500.

Johnny Damon had three hits and an RBI, Miguel Cairo hit a two-run single and the Yankees remained a half-game behind first-place Boston in the AL East.

"That's what we're supposed to do. We're a team that's put together to win every single day," Damon said.

After making a career-worst three errors, Rodriguez was lifted in the eighth inning because of a sore left big toe. The star third baseman fouled a ball off his toe in the fifth and plans to go for X-rays on Tuesday morning.

"I've never done that before," he said. "It was nice icing on a bad night."

Yankees manager Joe Torre wasn't sure if A-Rod would be able to play Tuesday night. New York is already missing three injured All-Stars in Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano.

"I felt it getting a little bit worse as the night went on," Rodriguez said. "I hope that it's not broken. I hope that it's not serious. But you never know if it's a small fracture or something. We'll see."

Wang (10-4) used his heavy sinker to overcome the errors by Rodriguez, who was replaced at third by Nick Green.

New York took advantage of a key Seattle error, sending the last-place Mariners to their ninth loss in 11 games.

"Sometimes you're going to win ugly. As long as you win, that's the important thing," Derek Jeter said.

Following consecutive extra-inning losses in Toronto, the Mariners got a solid start from fast-working Jarrod Washburn (4-10) but couldn't capitalize on four errors overall by the Yankees in the first meeting between the teams this season.

"We had our chances," manager Mike Hargrove said. "We made three errors and they scored three runs off one of them. They made four errors and we scored one run off them. All their runs came with two outs. We just didn't get the big hit."

Rivera gave up a double and a single to start the ninth, putting runners at the corners. Then he struck out pinch-hitter Eduardo Perez, got Ichiro Suzuki on a popup and fanned Willie Bloomquist to draw a roar from the sellout crowd of 53,444.

Wang allowed two runs and seven hits over seven strong innings in 93-degree heat, improving to 7-1 in 11 starts at home. The right-hander has gone at least seven innings in seven of eight starts.

"He got everybody out of a lot of jams tonight," Torre said. "You have to play better defense than that."

Mike Myers and Scott Proctor combined for a perfect eighth against Seattle's 4-5-6 hitters. Rivera, who escaped two jams and got six outs for save No. 400 on Sunday against Chicago, has converted 22 of 24 chances this season.

Just like Wang, Washburn didn't get much help from his defense. The Seattle starter yielded four runs -- one earned -- and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.

He dropped to 0-3 in six starts since his last win, a 4-1 victory over his former team, the Los Angeles Angels, on June 9. But the lefty has pitched well in his past three outings, allowing only four earned runs in 19 1/3 innings.

"It seems I've had a lot of these this year where you don't give up very many runs, but you don't win, either," Washburn said. "But what concerns me is that the team is losing. I don't worry too much about my record, but it's depressing if the team is losing these games."

Giambi drove his 28th homer into the right-field upper deck with two outs in the fifth, giving New York a 4-1 lead. He leads the team with 76 RBI.

Kenji Johjima hit an RBI single in the sixth for the Mariners, but Yuniesky Betancourt grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Rodriguez's third error could have extended the seventh inning for Seattle, but Bloomquist got trapped off second base and was tagged in a rundown for the third out.

With two outs in the New York second, Melky Cabrera hit a hard smash at the feet of big first baseman Richie Sexson. The ball got by him and was scored a tough error, leading to three unearned runs against Washburn.

Cairo followed with a two-run single and Damon added an RBI single, making it 3-1 Yankees.

"A very, very costly error," Sexson said. "I feel sorry for Wash. I had my glove down. I've made that play before. It's too bad it had to lead to three runs."

Suzuki singled on the first pitch of the game and scored on Raul Ibanez's sacrifice fly.


  • Rodriguez has 16 errors.
  • The Yankees became the first team in the majors with three 10-game winners in Mike Mussina (11-3), Randy Johnson (10-7) and Wang.
  • Bloomquist started at 2B, giving All-Star Jose Lopez a rest.
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There's no doubt about it! Jason Giambi watches his monster shot in the fifth inning.  (AP)
There's no doubt about it! Jason Giambi watches his monster shot in the fifth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Damon
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
New York

C. Wang
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 2
K 1

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5110003 .340
Willie Bloomquist, 2B3010212 .252
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000005 .257
Raul Ibanez, LF3111001 .281
Richie Sexson, 1B4020021 .225
Carl Everett, DH4000013 .230
Kenji Johjima, C4021000 .292
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4020001 .289
Adam Jones, CF3000000 .000
   a- Eduardo Perez, PH1000012 .305
a-struck out for Jones in the 9th
2B - Kenji Johjima (16, M. Rivera)
SF - Raul Ibanez (5)
RBI - Raul Ibanez (77), Kenji Johjima (42)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 1
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (11, wild throw), Willie Bloomquist (2, missed catch), Richie Sexson (2, misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn (L,4-10) 6.1941111 4.41
Mark Lowe 1.2100020 0.00
IBB - Giambi by Jarrod Washburn
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 102-65, Mark Lowe 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 9-10, Mark Lowe 2-1
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 30, Mark Lowe 6
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF4031000 .296
Derek Jeter, SS4010001 .343
Jason Giambi, DH3111112 .264
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000015 .284
    Nick Green, 3B0000000 .104
Jorge Posada, C4010004 .279
Bernie Williams, RF3010001 .284
    Bubba Crosby, RF1000010 .213
Andy Phillips, 1B4110002 .254
Melky Cabrera, LF4110002 .278
Miguel Cairo, 2B4112002 .250
2B - Jorge Posada (14, Washburn)
HR - Jason Giambi (28, Washburn)
RBI - Johnny Damon (46), Jason Giambi (76), Miguel Cairo 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon (12), Jason Giambi (23), Miguel Cairo 2 (9)
CS - Johnny Damon (6, 2nd base by Washburn/Johjima)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Cairo-Jeter-Phillips, Jeter-Cairo-Phillips
E - Jorge Posada (6, wild throw), Alex Rodriguez 3 (16, wild throw)
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang (W,10-4) 7722210 3.92
Mike Myers (H,11) 0.1000000 1.50
Scott Proctor (H,13) 0.2000020 4.42
Mariano Rivera (S,22) 1200020 1.98
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 96-62, Mike Myers 2-2, Scott Proctor 9-8, Mariano Rivera 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 15-5, Mike Myers 1-0
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 30, Mike Myers 1, Scott Proctor 2, Mariano Rivera 5
Game Information
Attendance - 53444
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg