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The Yankees got off their goose egg. Harper didn't.
Mark Teixeira's two-run double to the right-field corner made the difference Saturday as the Yankees won their eighth straight game, beating the Nationals 5-3.
New York outfielder Dewayne Wise, who cut down a runner at the plate in the eighth inning to keep the game tied, said it felt as if the game "was going to go 25 innings. I was looking at the bullpen thinking I may have to come in and throw an inning or two."
Jayson Nix opened the 14th with an infield single, then stole second and advanced to third on Derek Jeter's single to left. Jeter's hit made the Yankees 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position, but Nix couldn't score because he had to make sure the ball made it past the infield.
After Curtis Granderson struck out, Teixeira got the Yankees up to 2 for 16 with the double off Brad Lidge (0-1). It was Teixeira's only hit on a day that started -- seemingly long ago -- with strikeouts in the first, third and fifth innings.
"Find a way to get it done, and that's what our guys did," manager Joe Girardi said. "To be honest, I was having a hard time remembering how we got our other three runs. It was so long ago."
Freddy Garcia (1-2) pitched two innings to get the win.
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Rafael Soriano earned his 12th save, but only after allowing consecutive one-out singles to Jesus Flores and Steve Lombardozzi. The game ended when Soriano got Harper to ground out, ending the rookie's 0-for-7 day that included five strikeouts.
"I thought he was really amped up," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "I've never seen him swing at balls out of the zone. He was chasing balls. He got into that mode of trying to make something happen."
One day after turning 40, Andy Pettitte allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings in his Nationals Park debut. He particularly embarrassed Harper by getting the 19-year-old to strike out three times lunging at off-speed pitches in the lefty-vs.-lefty, old-vs.-young matchup.
Harper laid off the off-speed pitches his fourth time up against Pettitte and hit a fastball deep to left-center with a man on the seventh inning, but Granderson made a running two-out catch that temporarily preserved the Yankees' lead. Harper also was called out on strikes in the 10th against lefty Clay Rapada and went down swinging in the 13th against righty Garcia.
Harper declined to speak to reporters after the game, but he was the talk of the Yankees clubhouse. Despite the kid's tough day, Girardi was concerned about a storybook ending when Harper came up in the 14th.
"You start thinking, 'OK, this guy's has a really tough day, and people are cheering for him, and it could just change his whole day,'" Girardi said.
But it didn't. The Yankees won for the 18th time in 21 games. The only thing missing was the requisite home run: New York won for the first time all season without hitting a homer, ending an 0-12 streak.
Ian Desmond hit a solo homer in the Washington eighth off Cory Wade that made it 3-all. The Nationals had a chance to take the lead later in the inning when pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche singled to right with Tyler Moore on second.
Wise, who had just moved to right field from left field in a double switch for LaRoche's at-bat, charged the ball and threw out Moore on a close play at home. Replays appeared to show that Moore's hand slapped the plate just ahead of catcher Russell Martin's tag.
"I don't want to say it, but, you know, I made a good throw," Wise said with a laugh. "The umpire says he was out, so that kept us going. That's the main thing - you make it close, you never know what might happen."
With Alex Rodriguez taking the day off from the starting lineup, Eric Chavez started at third and reached base four times, including a double off the scoreboard in right-center that gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the sixth.
Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed three runs and five hits over six innings.
|Derek Jeter scores on Mark Teixeira's 14th-inning double, which sends the Yanks to their eighth straight victory. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||7||1||1||0||0||2||2||.316|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||4||0||0||0||3||1||2||.253|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||6||0||1||2||1||3||4||.243|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||1||1||0||3||1||2||.296|
|Nick Swisher, RF||2||1||2||0||1||0||0||.262|
|Andruw Jones, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.225|
|Boone Logan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Alex Rodriguez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Clay Rapada, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cody Eppley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chris Stewart, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.240|
|Freddy Garcia, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||0||1||0||1||3||.246|
|Dewayne Wise, LF-RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.138|
|Russell Martin, C||6||1||0||0||0||1||2||.199|
|Eric Chavez, 3B||5||0||2||1||1||0||0||.263|
|Andy Pettitte, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Cory Wade, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jayson Nix, LF||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|a-grounded out for Logan in the 10th|
|b-struck out for Eppley in the 12th|
|2B - Mark Teixeira (14, Lidge), Nick Swisher (18, Zimmermann), Eric Chavez (7, Zimmermann)|
|SH - Andy Pettitte (1), Jayson Nix (2)|
|RBI - Mark Teixeira 2 (38), Raul Ibanez (32), Eric Chavez (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Eric Chavez (1)|
|SB - Jayson Nix (2, 2nd base off Lidge/Flores)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|Outfield Assists - Dewayne Wise 1|
|E - Derek Jeter (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Yankees|
|Cory Wade (BS,1)||0.2||1||1||1||1||0||1||2.89|
|Freddy Garcia (W,1-2)||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||7.09|
|Rafael Soriano (S,12)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||1.85|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 95-61, Cory Wade 14-8, Boone Logan 16-10, Clay Rapada 5-3, Cody Eppley 23-16, Freddy Garcia 24-18, Rafael Soriano 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 9-6, Cory Wade 1-1, Boone Logan 3-0, Cody Eppley 2-1, Freddy Garcia 4-1, Rafael Soriano 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 29, Cory Wade 4, Boone Logan 4, Clay Rapada 1, Cody Eppley 6, Freddy Garcia 7, Rafael Soriano 5|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||6||0||1||0||1||1||2||.229|
|Bryce Harper, CF-RF||7||0||0||0||0||5||5||.289|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||5||0||0||0||1||0||2||.234|
|Michael Morse, RF||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.226|
|Craig Stammen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Rick Ankiel, PH-CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.224|
|Ian Desmond, SS||6||1||1||1||0||1||2||.264|
|Tyler Moore, 1B||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.303|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Roger Bernadina, RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.240|
|Brad Lidge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Xavier Nady, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.143|
|Ross Detwiler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Adam LaRoche, PH-1B||2||0||1||0||1||0||1||.259|
|Jesus Flores, C||6||0||2||2||0||1||1||.248|
|Jordan Zimmermann, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.318|
|Stephen Lombardozzi, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.276|
|a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Stammen in the 13th|
|b-singled for Detwiler in the 8th|
|2B - Jesus Flores (5, Pettitte)|
|HR - Ian Desmond (10, Wade)|
|SH - Rick Ankiel (1)|
|RBI - Ian Desmond (33), Jesus Flores 2 (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ian Desmond (15), Jesus Flores 2 (5)|
|SB - Tyler Moore (3, 2nd base off Logan/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Outfield Assists - Xavier Nady 1|
|DP - Desmond|
|PB - Jesus Flores (3)|
|E - Ian Desmond (10, Misplayed grounder), Ryan Zimmerman (3, Throwing)|
|Brad Lidge (L,0-1)||0.2||3||2||2||1||2||0||9.64|
|IBB - Cano by Craig Stammen, Cano by Brad Lidge|
|WP - Ross Detwiler (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 108-69, Ross Detwiler 32-14, Tyler Clippard 29-17, Sean Burnett 13-7, Craig Stammen 39-24, Brad Lidge 27-17, Mike Gonzalez 2-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 9-4, Ross Detwiler 1-3, Tyler Clippard 1-1, Sean Burnett 2-0, Craig Stammen 4-4|
|Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 27, Ross Detwiler 7, Tyler Clippard 5, Sean Burnett 3, Craig Stammen 11, Brad Lidge 6, Mike Gonzalez 1|
|Attendance - 41287|
|Game Time - 4:49|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster|