(Sports Network) - The New York Yankees hope to make it two straight wins this evening when they play the middle contest of their three-game set against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium.
On Tuesday, Ruben Sierra's go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning helped lead the Yankees to a 10-8 come-from-behind win in the opener of the set.
Bernie Williams had a hit and scored two runs for New York, which scored six runs in the eighth inning and snapped a four-game losing streak. Hideki Matsui added two hits and scored twice in the win, while Miguel Cairo added two RBI in the win.
Derek Jeter, though, continued to struggle at the plate, as he finished 0- for-3 and is now hitless in his last 28 at-bats. His average has dipped to .169.
Donovan Osborne (1-0) pitched one-third an inning, allowing one hit to record his first win since May 1, 1999, when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals. Mariano Rivera worked the ninth to nail down his sixth save of the season.
Starter Mike Mussina, who was taken off the hook thanks to the rally, gave up five runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits in six innings of work. He struck out seven and walked one, but did not factor in the decision.
Heading to the hill tonight for the Yankees will be Cuban righthander Jose Contreras, who has been nothing short of horrendous this season for the Bronx Bombers. In his most recent outing, the 32-year-old hurler allowed the Boston Red Sox five runs on five hits in just 3 1/3 frames and fell to 0-2 on the season, while raising his earned run average to 10.64
In his last two starts, Contreras has been pounded for eight runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Contreras will be facing Oakland tonight for the first time in his brief major league career.
Alex Rodriguez has an eight-game hitting streak. The reigning AL MVP also needs just two home runs for 350, and four RBI for 1,000 in his career.
New York, in the midst of a nine-game home stretch, is just 4-5 in the Bronx this season.
Last year Oakland claimed six of the nine matchups and is 16-12 against the Yankees since the start of the 2001 campaign. The A's also won two of three at Yankee Stadium last season.