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Yankees overcome Rivera's first blown save, take it in 12th

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Desperate for a win, manager Joe Girardi went to one of the few players who has shown any kind of consistency for the New York Yankees this season.

Then, Mariano Rivera blew a save for the first time all year.

But just when it looked as though nothing could go right for these stunned and scuffling Yankees, something finally did.

Alex Rodriguez hit a go-ahead homer in the 12th inning and the Yankees overcame Delmon Young's tying shot off Rivera in the eighth, beating the Minnesota Twins 9-6 Tuesday night.

"We haven't seen Mo do that all year," Girardi said. "It's strange when it happens, but obviously you have to find a way to win the game."

Xavier Nady added a two-run shot later in the 12th, also off Matt Guerrier (6-6), to help New York end a four-game skid -- its longest this season. Johnny Damon hit a leadoff homer and finished with three hits. He also scored twice.

Rodriguez was 0-for-5 when he stepped to the plate with one out and nobody on in the 12th, having slammed his helmet down in disgust after grounding out to end the ninth.

His drive easily cleared the center-field fence, and A-Rod flipped his bat before commencing a slow trot around the bases. He called it his biggest hit of the year.

"Without a question," Rodriguez said. "We had to stop the bleeding."

This one was anything but easy, though.

Behind another solid outing from Mike Mussina, New York led 6-3 when Rivera came to the mound with two on and one out in the eighth. Game over, right? Not so fast.

Perhaps the greatest closer in baseball history, Rivera was off to a career-best 28-for-28 start to the season on save chances. But he left a cutter out over the plate and Young made him pay with the first homer by a Twins batter off Rivera.

"I was thinking, hopefully it goes foul," Rivera said. "It didn't go foul. So we have to battle and preserve the tie game."

Battle he did. Rivera pitched 1 2/3 innings, Jose Veras (3-1) worked two innings for the win and Edwar Ramirez earned his first save.

"Frustrating to play 4½ hours and lose," said Twins catcher Mike Redmond, who filled in for All-Star Joe Mauer after he came to the park with a stiff neck.

Young had three hits and scored three runs for the Twins, who couldn't overcome their fourth deficit of the night in the 12th inning against Ramirez.

Justin Morneau finished 0-for-4 with an intentional walk and Twins hitters went 0-for-9 in the 10th, 11th and 12th. Minnesota fell out of first place in the AL Central again, a half-game behind Chicago.

"Delmon hitting the big three-run homer, that was pretty doggone exciting," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's just unfortunate that we couldn't come up with another run after that."

A loss Tuesday could have been a major blow to the Yankees, who haven't missed the postseason since 1993. They moved within eight games of first-place Tampa Bay in the AL East and remained five behind Boston in the wild-card standings by winning for only the sixth time in 17 games.

"We hit into five double plays, Mo gives up three runs," Rodriguez said. "You see things you've never seen before when you're going through struggles like we are right now. And you really come to expect the unexpected. You just have to battle back."

Notes

  • Yankees SS Derek Jeter left the game in the ninth with a bruised instep. Girardi said he expects Jeter to play Wednesday.
  • Yankees RHP Phil Hughes made a rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He allowed two runs and three hits with four strikeouts and a walk in 5 1/3 innings against Pawtucket.
  • RHP Carl Pavano's rehab start for Double-A Trenton on Tuesday didn't go as well. He gave up seven hits, including two homers, and five runs in 4 1/3 innings. He also hit two batters with pitches.
  • Yankees DH-LF Hideki Matsui will run the bases for the second time Wednesday. That puts him on course to start a rehab assignment as soon as Friday.
  • Twins 2B Nick Punto snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a double in the fifth.
 
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A-Rod caps a frustrating night with a tie-breaking drive to center field in the 12th.  (AP)
A-Rod caps a frustrating night with a tie-breaking drive to center field in the 12th. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

X. Nady
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Minnesota

D. Young
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF6231010 .325
Derek Jeter, SS5031020 .284
    Melky Cabrera, PR0000000 .243
    Richie Sexson, 1B1000001 .222
Bobby Abreu, RF5121111 .290
Alex Rodriguez, 3B6111016 .313
Jason Giambi, DH2120200 .257
    Justin Christian, PR-DH0100000 .250
   a- Ivan Rodriguez, PH-DH2110000 .292
Xavier Nady, LF5124032 .332
Robinson Cano, 2B5010103 .264
Wilson Betemit, 1B-SS6011033 .250
Jose Molina, C4100104 .226
Totals479169511  
a-grounded out for Christian in the 10th
Batting
2B - Ivan Rodriguez (17, Guerrier), Xavier Nady (31, Blackburn)
HR - Johnny Damon (8, Blackburn), Alex Rodriguez (27, Guerrier), Xavier Nady (19, Guerrier)
RBI - Johnny Damon (51), Derek Jeter (57), Bobby Abreu (78), Alex Rodriguez (71), Xavier Nady 4 (74), Wilson Betemit (20)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (20), Xavier Nady 2 (30)
SB - Johnny Damon (19, 2nd base off Guerrier/Redmond), Justin Christian (7, 2nd base off Crain/Redmond)
CS - Bobby Abreu (8, 2nd base by Blackburn/Redmond)
Team LOB - 8
New York Yankees
Mike Mussina 7833150 3.30
Damaso Marte (H,19) 0.1222000 4.50
Mariano Rivera (BS,1) 1.2211001 1.56
Jose Veras (W,3-1) 2000020 2.79
Edwar Ramirez (S,1) 1000010 3.77
IBB - Morneau by Mike Mussina
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Mussina 104-68, Damaso Marte 19-12, Mariano Rivera 27-20, Jose Veras 24-15, Edwar Ramirez 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Mussina 10-5, Mariano Rivera 4-1, Jose Veras 2-2
Batters Faced - Mike Mussina 29, Damaso Marte 3, Mariano Rivera 7, Jose Veras 6, Edwar Ramirez 3
Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, RF6010021 .309
Nick Punto, 2B6020021 .258
Mike Redmond, C6120012 .277
Justin Morneau, 1B4000102 .305
Jason Kubel, DH3110002 .265
   a- Randy Ruiz, PH-DH2110000 .364
Delmon Young, LF5333000 .288
Brian Buscher, 3B4001011 .307
Adam Everett, SS4012000 .214
Carlos Gomez, CF5010021 .254
Totals45612618  
a-singled for Kubel in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nick Punto (10, Mussina), Mike Redmond (5, Marte), Delmon Young (21, Mussina)
HR - Delmon Young (6, M. Rivera)
SF - Brian Buscher (4), Adam Everett (3)
RBI - Delmon Young 3 (49), Brian Buscher (31), Adam Everett 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Everett (4)
SB - Delmon Young (13, 2nd base off Mussina/Molina), Carlos Gomez (25, 2nd base off Mussina/Molina)
CS - Denard Span (4, 2nd base by Mussina/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Redmond-Punto, Morneau-Everett, Punto-Morneau, Punto-Everett, Punto-Everett-Morneau
E - Nick Punto (5, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Nick Blackburn 4.2644351 3.73
Boof Bonser 1.1211110 6.37
Craig Breslow 0.1000000 2.45
Jesse Crain 1.2211110 3.28
Dennys Reyes 0.2100020 2.45
Joe Nathan 1.1000010 1.07
Matt Guerrier (L,6-6) 1.1433012 4.67
Brian Bass 0.2100000 4.96
IBB - Cano by Jesse Crain
HBP - Nady (by Boof Bonser)
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 102-64, Boof Bonser 24-16, Jesse Crain 17-13, Dennys Reyes 18-11, Joe Nathan 14-10, Matt Guerrier 36-25, Brian Bass 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 3-4, Boof Bonser 2-1, Craig Breslow 1-0, Jesse Crain 1-1, Joe Nathan 3-0, Matt Guerrier 1-2, Brian Bass 1-0
Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 21, Boof Bonser 8, Craig Breslow 1, Jesse Crain 6, Dennys Reyes 3, Joe Nathan 4, Matt Guerrier 8, Brian Bass 2
Game Information
Attendance - 33036
Game Time - 4:22
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Brian Runge