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Wang wallops Jays with eight shutout innings, earns fifth win in row

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Whether it's Toronto's big bats or punchless Tampa Bay, Chien-Ming Wang is overpowering everybody lately.

That's a momentous development for the surging New York Yankees, who need as much consistent pitching as they can get.

Wang tossed eight more shutout innings to win his fifth straight start, and Alex Rodriguez got two key hits in a six-run sixth that broke open New York's 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

"That sinkerball, it's a lot like a knuckleball pitcher. You can tell them what's coming and there's not a lot anybody can do about it," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "I feel so good when we write his name in the lineup."

Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada homered for the AL East-leading Yankees, who won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 10-1-1 in their last 12 series.

Bobby Abreu singled and doubled for his first two hits with New York, and fellow newcomer Craig Wilson added a pair of singles in his Yankees debut.

Coming off a two-hitter against the Devil Rays last Friday for his first career shutout, Wang (13-4) buzzed through the best-hitting team in the major leagues and ran his scoreless streak to 18 innings.

"Before, sometimes my arm dropped down. Now, I stay on top," Wang said, adding that he's having "a lot of fun."

Pitching on a sweltering 97-degree night before a sellout crowd of 54,414, he allowed four hits and got 16 outs on grounders to beat the Blue Jays for the second time in 12 days. The right-hander walked three, all in the second inning, and struck out three.

"He's got that power sinker. He's a groundball machine," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Wang has a 1.64 ERA in his past five starts. With that string of stingy performances, he has surpassed an inconsistent Randy Johnson and become New York's No. 2 starter -- right behind Mike Mussina.

"It's really tough to say who's been the best for us," Johnny Damon said. "He's been as good as Moose has all season long."

Ron Villone gave up a two-run homer in the ninth to Troy Glaus, his 28th.

The Blue Jays, who have lost four straight and eight of 11, entered leading the majors in batting average (.293) and slugging percentage (.480). But Wang shut them down.

"The guy throws 95-plus with a sink like that, you've got to tip your cap to him," Toronto's Aaron Hill said.

Jeter hit a solo homer in the third off ex-Yankee Ted Lilly (9-10).

Rodriguez hustled his way to a leadoff double in the sixth, evading a tag at second base with a clever slide. Beaten badly by the throw, he pulled back his left arm and reached around to touch the base with his right -- drawing laughs from Jeter and other teammates on the bench.

"I was pretty confident until I saw the ball beat me by 25 feet," Rodriguez said. "It feels like you came in without your homework and the teacher calls your name."

Posada followed with his 13th homer, and Melky Cabrera's one-out double chased Lilly.

Damon hit an RBI single off Dustin McGowan, and Jeter walked with the bases loaded to make it 5-0.

After Abreu struck out against Scott Downs, Rodriguez hit a two-run single to left off the glove of diving shortstop John McDonald.

Lilly gave up five runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"Sometimes we want to win the game so bad it works against us," he said.

Notes

  • The Yankees are 9-2 in their last 11 home games.
  • New York is 23-9 against left-handed starters.
  • The Yankees held a moment of silence before the game and a video tribute before the seventh for former captain Thurman Munson. The catcher was killed in a plane crash 27 years ago on this date.
  • Lilly dropped to 2-7 against the Yankees.
  • The Blue Jays are 3-9 in their past 12 games at Yankee Stadium.
  • Jeter extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • RHP Cory Lidle, acquired from Philadelphia on Sunday with Abreu, is slated to start Thursday for his Yankees debut.
 
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The Jays get bent out of shape facing Wang, who allows just four hits in eight shutout innings.  (AP)
The Jays get bent out of shape facing Wang, who allows just four hits in eight shutout innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Wang
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 3
New York

D. Jeter
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF4010000
Frank Catalanotto, LF4000001
Vernon Wells, CF4120010
Troy Glaus, 3B3112111
Lyle Overbay, 1B3000011
   a- Gregg Zaun, PH1000010
Eric Hinske, DH3010110
Bengie Molina, C3010001
    Jason Phillips, C1000000
Aaron Hill, 2B1000100
   b- Ryan Roberts, PH-2B1000000
John McDonald, SS3000003
Totals31262357 
a-struck out for Overbay in the 9th
b-grounded out for Hill in the 7th
Batting
2B - Eric Hinske (, Wang)
HR - Troy Glaus (, Villone)
RBI - Troy Glaus 2 ()
CS - Troy Glaus (, 2nd base by Wang/Posada)
Team LOB - 5
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly (L,-) 5.11055022
Dustin McGowan0122200
Scott Downs 2.2300030
WP - Scott Downs ()
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 96-64, Dustin McGowan 12-4, Scott Downs 53-31
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 4-10, Scott Downs 1-4
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 26, Dustin McGowan 3, Scott Downs 11
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF5111000
    Bubba Crosby, CF0000000
Derek Jeter, SS4122110
Bobby Abreu, RF5020014
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5132002
Jorge Posada, C4122024
Craig Wilson, 1B4120010
Bernie Williams, DH4010003
Melky Cabrera, LF4110003
Miguel Cairo, 2B3100103
Totals3871472519 
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (, Lilly), Alex Rodriguez (, Lilly), Melky Cabrera (, Lilly)
HR - Derek Jeter (, Lilly), Jorge Posada (, Lilly)
RBI - Johnny Damon (), Derek Jeter 2 (), Alex Rodriguez 2 (), Jorge Posada 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (), Alex Rodriguez 2 ()
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Rodriguez-Cairo-C. Wilson
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang (W,-) 8400330
Ron Villone 1222021
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 104-69, Ron Villone 26-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 15-4
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 29, Ron Villone 5
Game Information
Attendance - 54414
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 97
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Gary Darling