|N.Y. Yankees (32-22) «||1||0||0||0||5||0||0||2||x||8||10||1|
NEW YORK -- Chien-Ming Wang bounced a few sinkers, slipped on the mound and watched his final pitch sail far over the fence.
David Robertson took a more simple approach.
The Yankees rallied from a 5-1 deficit and took two of three from the AL West leaders. Robertson threw only one pitch and wound up with the win.
"Never knew it was going to come out like that," Robertson said. "Every now and then you're going to catch a lucky one."
Cabrera kept up his run of big hits and helped the Yankees win for the 17th time in 22 games. They did it despite Wang's wobbles.
Wang returned to the rotation and produced his best start of the season. Too bad for him, it was another stinker as his sinkers were either too high or too low.
Texas tagged him for five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Nelson Cruz chased him with a long home run -- the first by a right-handed hitter off Wang in 22 starts, since Adrian Beltre connected in September 2007.
"I thought he pitched better than his numbers indicated," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
"I'm not making excuses," he said. "I was happy with what I saw. I know people are going to say, 'Oh boy, he gave up five runs."'
Wang will make his next start as scheduled, Tuesday night against Boston at Fenway Park.
The former ace lost his first three starts of the season. He went on the disabled list with a 34.50 ERA because of weakness in the muscles in his hips and came back with three solid relief appearances.
Wang said he felt OK and was excited to make this start.
"It's not the Wang I'm used to seeing," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "I'm sure he's got some things to work on. But I thought he threw pretty well."
It was another game of home run derby at the new Yankee Stadium. Johnny Damon started it with a leadoff shot for New York, Cruz finished Wang in the fifth with a long drive and Ian Kinsler's solo homer for Texas in the sixth tied it at 6.
"It was a deep fly ball to short left field," Wilson said.
Robertson (1-0) relieved with two outs and none on in the eighth and retired Elvis Andrus on a fly ball, and Cabrera delivered in the bottom half.
"He has a knack of doing it," Girardi said.
Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances. With runners at the corners, he struck out Cruz and retired Murphy on a popup to end it.
Chris Davis doubled in the third and scored when Wang slipped and skipped a wild pitch several feet short of the plate. Davis had a two-run double in the fourth and Cruz hit his 16th homer -- and ninth in 15 games -- for a 5-1 lead in the fifth.
After Damon homered, Texas' Brandon McCarthy avoided further trouble until the fifth.
Francisco Cervelli and Ramiro Pena opened with soft singles, and walks to Damon and Nick Swisher forced home a run. Mark Teixeira followed with cue shot down the third-base line for a three-run double that made it 5-all, and he laughed at his good fortune while Jason Jennings trotted in from the bullpen.
"For every time you hit a ball to the warning track, for every line drive you hit that gets caught, it's nice to get one of those," Teixeira said. "Everyone says they equal out, but they never do."
Alex Rodriguez greeted Jennings with a single that bounced to the right-field wall for a 6-5 lead.
|Melky Cabrera helps the Yanks win for the 17th time in their past 22 by hitting a two-run shot. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||2||1||1||1||2||1||.282|
|Michael Young, 3B||5||0||3||0||0||0||0||.338|
|Hank Blalock, DH||5||0||2||1||0||1||1||.262|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||5||1||1||1||0||3||4||.295|
|David Murphy, LF||4||1||1||0||1||1||2||.240|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.296|
|Chris Davis, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||1||2||.198|
|Taylor Teagarden, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.239|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.277|
|2B - Michael Young (20, M. Rivera), Marlon Byrd (19, Wang), Chris Davis 2 (6, Wang, Wang)|
|HR - Ian Kinsler (14, Aceves), Nelson Cruz (16, Wang)|
|SH - Taylor Teagarden (1)|
|RBI - Ian Kinsler (41), Hank Blalock (29), Nelson Cruz (41), Chris Davis 2 (26)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler (10), Hank Blalock (9), Nelson Cruz (17)|
|SB - David Murphy (4, 3rd base off Aceves/Cervelli)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Nelson Cruz 1|
|DP - Cruz-Andrus, Kinsler-Andrus, Kinsler-Andrus-Davis|
|E - David Murphy (1, Dropped fly)|
|C.J. Wilson (L,3-3)||1||1||2||2||1||1||1||3.47|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 79-50, Jason Jennings 40-22, C.J. Wilson 16-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 4-5, Jason Jennings 3-3|
|Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 21, Jason Jennings 10, C.J. Wilson 5|
|New York Yankees|
|Johnny Damon, LF||3||2||1||1||1||0||1||.297|
|Nick Swisher, RF||3||1||2||1||1||1||0||.251|
|Brett Gardner, PR-CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||1||2||3||0||0||1||.284|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.250|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.305|
|Hideki Matsui, DH||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.256|
|Melky Cabrera, CF-RF||4||1||1||2||0||1||3||.311|
|Francisco Cervelli, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.283|
|Ramiro Pena, SS||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.243|
|2B - Nick Swisher (13, McCarthy), Mark Teixeira 2 (14, McCarthy, McCarthy)|
|HR - Johnny Damon (11, McCarthy), Melky Cabrera (6, Wilson)|
|RBI - Johnny Damon (33), Nick Swisher (32), Mark Teixeira 3 (47), Alex Rodriguez (22), Melky Cabrera 2 (22)|
|SB - Robinson Cano (3, 2nd base off J. Jennings/Teagarden)|
|CS - Ramiro Pena (1, 2nd base by J. Jennings/Teagarden)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Francisco Cervelli (1, Throwing)|
|New York Yankees|
|David Robertson (W,1-0)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.08|
|Mariano Rivera (S,12)||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||2.38|
|WP - Chien-Ming Wang (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 69-47, Alfredo Aceves 34-20, Phil Coke 19-11, David Robertson 1-1, Mariano Rivera 24-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 8-1, Alfredo Aceves 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 22, Alfredo Aceves 9, Phil Coke 4, David Robertson 1, Mariano Rivera 5|
|Attendance - 45713|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|