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Giambi HR lifts Yankees to series sweep of Rangers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- While Shawn Chacon has pitched himself out of the starting rotation, he got the New York Yankees out of a jam -- and helped them gain ground in the AL East.

After Texas scored four times to go ahead in the eighth inning Wednesday night, Chacon got three outs facing two batters -- stabbing a line drive to start an inning-ending double play -- and the Yankees went on to win 8-7 on Jason Giambi's two-run homer in the ninth.

"He kept us in position to do what we did," manager Joe Torre said of Chacon (5-3), who made his fourth relief appearance.

The first six batters in the eighth reached for Texas, which went ahead 7-6 after Michael Young hit a two-run single and scored on Hank Blalock's single. With the bases loaded and no outs, Chacon came on as the third pitcher in the inning.

He struck out Mark DeRosa. Brad Wilkerson then hit a liner back up the middle, and the pitcher caught it and doubled up Kevin Mench at first base.

"I was dancing around looking for a base to throw to. It happened to work out for us," Chacon said. "I stuck my glove out, it was there, and my feet did the rest."

Derek Jeter led off the ninth with a single up the middle against closer Akinori Otsuka (2-4) and Giambi followed with his 29th homer. It was Giambi's first homer in nine games and came after a 6-for-36 slump.

"If Jason was saving up for a hit, that was it," Torre said.

"Derek and I were talking in the on-deck circle. I told him to get me an opportunity," Giambi said. "I haven't been swinging the bat well but this makes up for it. My legs are beat up, my knee is sore, but you have to find a way to contribute."

New York (59-40) completed a six-game season sweep at Texas and got within 1½ games of first-place Boston in the AL East. The Red Sox lost 5-1 at Oakland earlier Wednesday. The Yankees also moved a half-game ahead of Minnesota and the Chicago White Sox in the wild card chase.

It was the first time since 1992 that Texas was swept at home in a season series of at least six games. That had never happened at Ameriquest Field, which opened in 1994 and where the Rangers played their 999th game Wednesday.

When Kyle Farnsworth's back stiffened up while warming up, the Yankees went with T.J. Beam to start the eighth, and the rookie gave up two hits before giving way to Scott Proctor, who Torre had said before the game wasn't available after pitching the previous two games.

Proctor couldn't get an out and Chacon, 4-3 with a 6.58 ERA in 11 starts before being demoted to the bullpen earlier this month, was brought in.

"I always have confidence in myself, but today was good, definitely a boost," Chacon said.

Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 25th save in 27 chances.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 22nd homer to start the four-run eighth that put the Yankees up 6-4.

Rodriguez hit a full-count pitch from Francisco Cordero onto the hill in center field -- a 417-foot shot. Bernie Williams then walked and Andy Phillips, whose two-run single in the first snapped an 0-for-18 slump, had another hit before Melky Cabrera's two-run double made it 5-4.

Cabrera advanced on a sacrifice bunt by newly acquired catcher Sal Fasano -- the first out -- before scoring on a wild pitch.

It was the ninth blown save of the season for Cordero, who lost his job as the Rangers closer after setting a major league record with five blown saves in April. Otsuka has converted 22 of 24 save chances before Wednesday night.

"I'm proud of the way our guys battled back. We just couldn't get the last three outs," manager Buck Showalter said.

Mench drove in three runs with a milestone two-run double for Texas and a sacrifice fly. Mark Teixeira and Blalock both had three hits.

Mench's two-run double in the second tied the game and was the 50,000th hit in the Rangers' 35-season history. That was set up after Teixeira had a leadoff walk and Blalock singled off Yankees starter Jaret Wright.

After Teixeira started the fourth with a single, Blalock drove him home with a double and went to third on a passed ball before the sacrifice fly by Mench.

Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon, who missed the first two games of the series with a stiff back, led off against John Rheinecker with a single, but was thrown out trying to score on Rodriguez's grounder to third. Williams loaded the bases with a two-out single before Phillips' two-run single.

Notes

  • The Rangers have a day off Thursday, their first after playing 14 straight games since the All-Star break. They then play 17 days in a row, including a 10-day road trip.
  • The Yankees had four hits in the first inning, matching their total in a 7-4 victory Tuesday night.
 
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Jason Giambi gets some credit from A-Rod after making the Texas fans' nightmare come true.  (AP)
Jason Giambi gets some credit from A-Rod after making the Texas fans' nightmare come true. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Giambi
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Texas

K. Mench
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF4010101 .293
Derek Jeter, SS5230010 .347
Jason Giambi, DH5112013 .252
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5221010 .280
Bernie Williams, RF2110210 .277
    Nick Green, 2B1000010 .169
Andy Phillips, 1B5132001 .245
Melky Cabrera, LF4122002 .282
Sal Fasano, C3010002 .245
    Jorge Posada, C0000000 .286
Miguel Cairo, 2B3000001 .237
   a- Aaron Guiel, PH-RF1000010 .221
Totals3881473610 
a-struck out for Cairo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (24, Rheinecker), Melky Cabrera (12, Cordero)
HR - Jason Giambi (29, Otsuka), Alex Rodriguez (22, Cordero)
SH - Sal Fasano (2)
RBI - Jason Giambi 2 (80), Alex Rodriguez (73), Andy Phillips 2 (26), Melky Cabrera 2 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Andy Phillips 2 (9)
CS - Johnny Damon (7, 2nd base by Wilson/Barajas)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Chacon-Phillips
PB - Sal Fasano (3)
New York Yankees
Jaret Wright 5.1543130 4.73
Ron Villone 1.2000020 2.12
T.J. Beam0122100 12.38
Scott Proctor (BS,6)0411000 4.08
Shawn Chacon (W,5-3) 1000010 6.56
Mariano Rivera (S,25) 1100010 1.95
Pitches-Strikes - Jaret Wright 88-55, Ron Villone 19-12, T.J. Beam 15-8, Scott Proctor 11-9, Shawn Chacon 9-6, Mariano Rivera 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaret Wright 6-7, Ron Villone 1-2, Mariano Rivera 1-1
Batters Faced - Jaret Wright 22, Ron Villone 5, T.J. Beam 2, Scott Proctor 4, Shawn Chacon 2, Mariano Rivera 4
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4100120 .323
Ian Kinsler, 2B5120010 .294
    Freddy Guzman, PR0000000 .286
Michael Young, SS5112001 .312
Mark Teixeira, 1B3230100 .279
Hank Blalock, 3B4232011 .279
Kevin Mench, LF3023001 .284
    Jerry Hairston Jr., PR-LF0000000 .206
Mark DeRosa, RF4000024 .310
Brad Wilkerson, DH4000014 .231
Rod Barajas, C4000001 .257
Totals3671172712 
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (14, Beam), Hank Blalock (17, Wright), Kevin Mench (18, Wright)
SF - Kevin Mench (2)
RBI - Michael Young 2 (67), Hank Blalock 2 (64), Kevin Mench 3 (50)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Young-Teixeira, Barajas-Kinsler
Texas Rangers
John Rheinecker 4.1922110 5.06
Wes Littleton 1.2000000 1.00
C.J. Wilson (H,4) 1000120 4.37
Francisco Cordero (BS,9) 1344111 4.81
Akinori Otsuka (BS,3; L,2-4) 1222021 2.30
WP - Francisco Cordero (3)
Pitches-Strikes - John Rheinecker 80-51, Wes Littleton 13-10, C.J. Wilson 5-1, Francisco Cordero 32-17, Akinori Otsuka 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Rheinecker 8-4, Wes Littleton 3-1, Francisco Cordero 1-1, Akinori Otsuka 1-0
Batters Faced - John Rheinecker 23, Wes Littleton 4, C.J. Wilson 3, Francisco Cordero 7, Akinori Otsuka 5
Game Information
Attendance - 43527
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Paul Nauert