Published: Saturday, June 9, 2007
Jeter's game-winner sinks Pirates
New York has a four-game winning streak for the first time since September.
NEW YORK (AP) Derek Jeter hit a game-winning infield single in the 10th inning as the New York Yankees overcame a defensive blunder to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Friday night and extend a winning streak to four for the first time this season.
Robinson Cano doubled to left-center leading off the 10th against Matt Capps (3-3) and Cabrera sacrificed him to third. Miguel Cairo followed with a bouncer to third baseman Jose Bautista, who looked back at Cano, then didn't throw to first as Cairo reached on the single.
Cairo went to second on defensive indifference, Johnny Damon was intentionally walked and Jeter hit a slow bouncer that second baseman Freddy Sanchez couldn't come up with.
New York, which had won its last three games in Chicago, hadn't stretched a winning streak to four since taking six in a row from Sept. 9-14.
Chris Duffy hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run, putting the Pirates ahead 4-2 in the seventh when his catchable seventh-inning liner sailed over Melky Cabrera and bounced to the center-field wall.
But the Yankees came right back to tie in the bottom half and went on to win the opener of an interleague homestand. Mariano Rivera (2-3) pitched his first two-inning outing of year in relief of Andy Pettitte, who allowed four runs and nine hits in eight innings. Rivera had gotten five outs Thursday night in Chicago.
Pittsburgh lost for the seventh time in 10 games.
New York overcame a 2-0 deficit on Hideki Matsui's two-run, sixth-inning homer off Tom Gorzelanny, but Pittsburgh went ahead in the seventh after Ronny Paulino singled with one out.
Jack Wilson hit a grounder to first that could have been an inning-ending double play, but Cairo fumbled it and got only the out at first. Duffy, Pittsburgh's No. 9 hitter, then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending liner but Cabrera seemed to freeze on the ball. It sailed over him and bounced to the center-field fence. Duffy scored without a throw to complete the two-run homer, sliding even when he didn't have to.
New York tied the score on the bottom half of the seventh when Jeter chased Gorzelanny with an RBI single and Jorge Posada hit a run-scoring single off Salomon Torres. Bobby Abreu was held up at third on Posada's hit, even though he likely would have scored, and that proved costly when Matsui took a called third strike on a 3-2 pitch from Damaso Marte and Cano flied to center.