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Yankees rally from six-run deficit to edge Seattle

Postby WebHamster » Sun May 09, 2004 11:00 pm

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Hideki Matsui lofted a sacrifice fly to plate the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, as New York rallied to defeat Seattle, 7-6, in the rubber match of a three-game set at Safeco Field.

Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer and Derek Jeter belted a two-run shot for the Yankees, who won for the 10th time in 12 games. Alex Rodriguez added a solo homer for New York, which scored seven unanswered runs after falling behind 6-0 in the second inning.

"I think its our biggest win of the year," said Rodriguez. "Being down 6-0 and obviously the big hit coming from Derek Jeter tying the game."

Dan Wilson had a three-run homer and Jolbert Cabrera added a pair of RBI for the Mariners, who dropped the final two games of the series.

Jamie Moyer worked six innings for Seattle, but did not figure into the decision despite leaving with the lead. He permitted four runs on six hits while striking out five.

The Yankees snapped a tie game with a run on Matsui's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Rodriguez led off with a walk off reliever Rafael Soriano and moved to second on Giambi's base hit. Gary Sheffield followed by grounding into a fielder's choice where Giambi was erased at second. Shigetoshi Hasegawa came out of the bullpen, but Matsui greeted him by lifting a fly ball to the warning track in left field that scored Rodriguez for a 7-6 edge.

The sac fly made a winner of Paul Quantrill (4-1), who permitted only one hit in his inning of work. Soriano (0-3) suffered the setback after being charged with the one run in only one-third an inning.

Tom Gordon then worked a perfect eighth for New York before turning it over to Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning.

Rivera retired the first two hitters he faced, but then walked pinch-hitter Dave Hansen. However, Suzuki lined out sharply to Rodriguez to end the game and Rivera earned his 12th save of the season.

The Yankees' pitching dominated after allowing the six second-inning runs. Five New York relievers held the Mariners scoreless while allowing just two hits and striking out eight over the final seven frames.

"After you score six runs, you need to pile on and score a couple more runs," said Seattle manager Bob Melvin. "Offensively we didn't get anything going so that's a tough defeat."

Trailing 6-0, the Yankees slowly chipped away and got on the board courtesy of Rodriguez's homer to lead off the fourth inning. It was the All-Star's seventh homer of the campaign.

In the sixth, New York got right back in the game as Giambi blasted a three- run homer into deep right field. Jeter led off with a single, and later moved to second on a base hit by Rodriguez. Giambi followed with a shot that just cleared the right-field wall -- his eighth homer of the season -- to bring the Yankees within 6-4.

New York came all the way back to tie the contest in the seventh inning. Miguel Cairo doubled with one out and after Jorge Posada struck out, Jeter hit a two-run homer, his second of the season, to deep center field to knot the game at 6-6.

Seattle exploded for six runs in the second inning, keyed by Wilson's three- run homer, to seize a 6-0 advantage off Donovan Osborne. Edgar Martinez led off with a walk and moved to second after Raul Ibanez singled. Cabrera followed with a two-run double to the gap in left center and then advanced to third on a base hit by John Olerud.

After Rich Aurilia plated Cabrera with a single, Wilson belted a three-run shot to deep left field for his third homer of the season.

Osborne, who was making his first start of the season, was hammered for six runs on six hits over just 1 1/3 innings, while walking two.
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