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Giambi drives two out to push Yankees to fifth straight win

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- This one was easy for the surging New York Yankees.

Jason Giambi homered twice and Andy Pettitte pitched seven sharp innings as New York beat the sloppy San Diego Padres 8-0 Tuesday to match a season high with its fifth straight victory.

Alex Rodriguez also connected off an ineffective Randy Wolf for the Yankees (38-33), who have won 10 of 13 to move a season-best five games above .500. New York has outscored its opponents 35-6 during the five-game winning streak.

"It definitely feels like we're really starting to put it together," Giambi said.

Including a 13-0 whitewash Sunday at Houston, the Yankees have tossed consecutive shutouts for the first time since May 7-8, 2005, against Oakland.

This gem came in their first game since ace Chien-Ming Wang sustained a foot injury that is expected to keep him sidelined until at least September.

"He's out. Nobody can do anything about it. You can't put any more pressure on yourself," Pettitte said. "With our offense, you don't need to throw eight shutout innings."

Pettitte (7-5) tied a season high with nine strikeouts, improving to 4-0 in his past six starts. He allowed five hits and walked one, passing former pitching coach Ron Guidry for fourth place on the franchise list with his 171st win for the Yankees.

Coincidentally, it was the 30th anniversary of Guidry's 18-strikeout game against the California Angels at Yankee Stadium, a club record.

"He's so loved here," Pettitte said. "It makes me feel good."

Pettitte, who owns a 208-118 career mark, has allowed one run over 15 innings in his past two starts since giving up 10 in a no-decision against Kansas City on June 7.

The Padres brought about 150 extra people in their traveling party, mostly front-office staff and invited guests, so they could visit Yankee Stadium in the storied ballpark's final season.

But San Diego played a messy game in this 1998 World Series rematch, throwing two wild pitches and committing three errors -- two by fill-in second baseman Craig Stansberry.

The Padres also recalled prized prospect Chase Headley from the minors. Headley made an error in left field and finished 2-for-4 as San Diego lost for the fourth time in 12 games and fell to 11-23 on the road.

"When I first got here, I went out and just kind of looked around, went out to the monuments and did that thing and tried to get the awe out of the way," Headley said. "Unfortunately, it really didn't work. Once the game started and the people started filling in and they're chanting up there, it's a little bit different atmosphere. But it's fun. I had a blast. I had a few nerves, but I had a blast."

Rodriguez homered to center leading off the second, his third in three games and No. 531 career. Giambi connected one batter later and added a two-run shot in the fourth after a leadoff walk to Hideki Matsui.

Giambi leads the team with 17 home runs, three more than he hit last season. He has 37 career multihomer games.

The Yankees tacked on three more runs in the fourth off Wolf (5-5), making his first career appearance at Yankee Stadium in his 10th major league season.

The left-hander entered 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his past five starts, but lasted only four innings. He was tagged for seven runs -- five earned -- and six hits.

It was the first time Wolf served up three homers in a game since April 29, 2005, with Philadelphia against Florida.

"I was, quite honestly, awful today," he said. "I could count on one hand the number of pitches I actually executed today. The rest were bad."

Giambi was lifted for pinch-hitter Wilson Betemit in the seventh. Derek Jeter finished with two RBI.

Jose Veras, Billy Traber and Mariano Rivera (three strikeouts) completed the seven-hitter, New York's fifth shutout this season, which equals last year's total. San Diego was blanked for the fifth time.

Notes

  • The Yankees also won five straight from May 21-25.
  • On Wednesday night, Padres ace Jake Peavy makes his second start since coming off the disabled list.
  • Ex-Yankee Tony Clark was San Diego's DH.
  • Stansberry was a late addition to the lineup after 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff tweaked his back while taking grounders during batting practice. Edgar Gonzalez shifted from second to third.
  • Giambi has both of New York's multihomer games this season, the other coming on April 25 at Cleveland.
  • The Yankees have homered in 10 straight games.
  • New York struck out 14 batters, its most since July 7, 2006, at Tampa Bay.
  • Six of Giambi's last 11 homers have come off left-handers.
  • The Padres began the night with a major league-best .990 fielding percentage.
 
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Jason Giambi hits two homers and has both multihomer games for the Yankees this season. (AP)
Jason Giambi hits two homers and has both multihomer games for the Yankees this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Giambi
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
New York

A. Pettitte
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 9
 
San Diego Padres
Jody Gerut, CF4000022 .279
Edgar Gonzalez, 3B4010021 .312
Brian Giles, RF4010010 .303
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000012 .289
Tony Clark, DH4010020 .246
Chase Headley, LF4020020 .500
Khalil Greene, SS4010033 .226
Michael Barrett, C2000103 .183
Craig Stansberry, 2B3010013 .375
Totals33070114  
Batting
PK - Edgar Gonzalez (1, Pettitte)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Chase Headley (1, Misplayed grounder), Craig Stansberry 2 (2, Missed catch of throw)
San Diego Padres
Randy Wolf (L,5-5) 4675223 4.16
Mike Adams 2100020 2.65
Carlos Guevara 2411030 7.04
HBP - Cano (by Randy Wolf)
WP - Randy Wolf (1), Carlos Guevara (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 89-48, Mike Adams 39-26, Carlos Guevara 38-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 4-7, Mike Adams 2-2, Carlos Guevara 1-3
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 22, Mike Adams 7, Carlos Guevara 11
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, LF4110110 .327
Derek Jeter, SS5012000 .272
Bobby Abreu, RF5011012 .283
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5121024 .328
Hideki Matsui, DH3100100 .321
Jason Giambi, 1B3223000 .268
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH-1B1000012 .220
Jorge Posada, C4120012 .326
Robinson Cano, 2B3220001 .230
Melky Cabrera, CF4000014 .254
Totals37811727  
a-struck out for Giambi in the 7th
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (16, Wolf), Alex Rodriguez (16, Guevara), Robinson Cano (14, Wolf)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (13, Wolf), Jason Giambi 2 (17, Wolf, Wolf)
RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (32), Bobby Abreu (43), Alex Rodriguez (38), Jason Giambi 3 (40)
Team LOB - 8
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte (W,7-5) 7500190 4.29
Jose Veras 0.2200020 3.20
Billy Traber 0.1000000 4.32
Mariano Rivera 1000030 0.84
WP - Andy Pettitte (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 103-63, Jose Veras 14-10, Billy Traber 7-4, Mariano Rivera 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 5-6, Billy Traber 1-0
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 26, Jose Veras 4, Billy Traber 1, Mariano Rivera 3
Game Information
Attendance - 52306
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Field Culbreth