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|N.Y. Yankees (40-35)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||1|
NEW YORK -- Daryl Thompson woke up early Saturday, too excited to sleep. His major league debut just hours away, he joined two teammates for the subway ride to Yankee Stadium, got lost and ended up in Brooklyn.
"That's why I got here late," Thompson said. "Kind of a bad impression, you know, first day."
"It was nice," said Ken Griffey Jr., who had two hits and scored two runs. "He held his own out there."
Edwin Encarnacion's two-out, two-run single off Dan Giese (1-2) in the seventh gave Cincinnati the lead and Corey Patterson followed with a drive to right off Jose Veras for his 100th career homer. Brandon Phillips tacked on a two-run single in the eighth.
"That was like a boxing match, momentum going back and forth," Giese said.
Cincinnati has won the first two games in its first trip to the Bronx since it swept New York in the 1976 World Series.
Thompson and Giese locked up in the first matchup of pitchers making their first major league start at Yankee Stadium since Boston's Tony Welzer faced New York's Myles Thompson on April 22, 1926, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Yankees put at least one runner on in eight innings and stranded 12. They've scored just four runs in their last three games.
"You only get so many opportunities," manager Joe Girardi said. "We had a lot of men on today and couldn't score."
Giese made three relief appearances for New York and got the start Saturday when ace Chien-Ming Wang injured his right foot running the bases last Sunday in Houston.
He breezed through the Reds lineup early, getting through the first six innings in just 62 pitches. He was in good shape in the seventh, too, before his costly throwing error kick-started Cincinnati's big inning.
Griffey led off the seventh with a single to center and Phillips followed with a grounder up the middle. Giese grabbed the ball and tried to retire Griffey but his throw pulled second baseman Robinson Cano off the bag.
"It was just a bad throw," Giese said. "There's no excuse for it."
Griffey and Phillips moved up on Joey Votto's groundout to third -- with Griffey narrowly avoiding Alex Rodriguez's tag attempt -- and Giese struck out Adam Dunn for the second out. Encarnacion then chased the right-hander and put Cincinnati ahead 2-0 with a sharp single to left.
Giese allowed four hits and three runs, all unearned. He threw 53 of his 75 pitches for strikes.
Thompson allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in each of the first four innings and a two-out walk in the fifth but escaped unscathed each time. He allowed four hits, walked four and struck out two.
"If you're going to be a good pitcher, you've got to get out of trouble," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Everybody's going to get in it, but you have to have the fortitude and stuff to get out of it, which he showed today."
New York loaded the bases with no outs in the second against the 22-year-old right-hander, who bounced back in a hurry after a visit from Baker. Thompson struck out Jorge Posada, got Cano to foul out to catcher Paul Bako and fanned Melky Cabrera to get out of the inning.
"To get out of that was a big thing for me," Thompson said. "It boosted me up a lot."
Thompson, who was acquired by the Reds in an eight-player trade with Washington in 2006, leaped off the mound after Cabrera swung and missed at strike three.
"We let him off the hook early," Posada said. "We had a lot of guys on base and didn't score."
|There's no better feeling than getting out of a jam. Daryl Thompson escapes in the second. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jay Bruce, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.302|
|Paul Janish, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.183|
|Ken Griffey Jr., DH||4||2||2||0||0||1||0||.248|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.267|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.289|
|Adam Dunn, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.220|
|Norris Hopper, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.290|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.242|
|Corey Patterson, CF||4||1||1||2||0||0||0||.193|
|Paul Bako, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.230|
|2B - Brandon Phillips (15, Giese)|
|HR - Corey Patterson (6, Veras)|
|RBI - Brandon Phillips 2 (43), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (29), Corey Patterson 2 (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (8), Corey Patterson 2 (9)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Thompson-Janish-Votto|
|Bill Bray (W,2-0)||1.1||1||0||0||1||0||0||2.38|
|David Weathers (H,7)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - Daryl Thompson 96-59, Bill Bray 22-13, David Weathers 7-5, Jared Burton 17-12, Jeremy Affeldt 17-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daryl Thompson 3-9, Bill Bray 2-2, Jared Burton 2-1, Jeremy Affeldt 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Daryl Thompson 22, Bill Bray 6, David Weathers 2, Jared Burton 5, Jeremy Affeldt 4|
|New York Yankees|
|Johnny Damon, LF||2||0||0||0||3||0||0||.327|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||0||2||0||0||1||3||.278|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||4||0||0||0||1||0||5||.270|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.333|
|Hideki Matsui, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.324|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.260|
|Jorge Posada, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.303|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||6||.229|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.253|
|2B - Alex Rodriguez (17, Thompson)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Outfield Assists - Johnny Damon 1|
|E - Dan Giese (2, Throwing)|
|New York Yankees|
|Dan Giese (L,1-2)||6.2||4||3||0||0||5||0||0.64|
|WP - Ross Ohlendorf (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Giese 75-53, Jose Veras 4-2, Billy Traber 6-5, Ross Ohlendorf 16-8, LaTroy Hawkins 8-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Giese 7-9, Billy Traber 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Dan Giese 25, Jose Veras 2, Billy Traber 3, Ross Ohlendorf 3, LaTroy Hawkins 3|
|Attendance - 54509|
|Game Time - 2:55|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Brian Runge|