August 12, 2006

Big inning enough for Yankees

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Robinson Cano and Johnny Damon both
belted homers as the New York Yankees scored all their runs in
a second-inning explosion on their way to a 5-2 victory over
the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

Cano connected on three-run blast and Damon followed with a
two-run shot as the Yankees erased a 1-0 Angels lead, then rode
strong pitching performances from starter Jaret Wright and
three relievers for a first win in three contests.

Sidelined with a pulled hamstring since June 27, Cano came
off the disabled list after missing 34 games and has
immediately embarked on a hot hitting streak, going
nine-for-19, including two home runs.

"I'm not surprised, but I never thought I would do that
good," Cano told "It's just everything is going well
right now."

The victory allowed the Yankees to maintain a two-game
advantage top the American League East over archrivals the
Boston Red Sox, who kept the pressure on with an 8-7 extra
innings win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Wright (9-6) struggled at times during his 5 1/3 innings of
work, walking four batters and allowing the leadoff hitter to
reach base three times.

But the righthander left the game in the sixth inning to a
loud ovation after yielding just one run on two hits to collect
his third straight decision.

"He keeps you on the edge of your seat but he's got a big
heart," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He certainly likes to

Scott Proctor took over from Wright and also allowed one
run on a pair of hits in 1 2/3 innings before turning the mound
over to Kyle Farnsworth who tossed a perfect eighth.

Mariano Rivera then completed the four-hitter, recording
the final three out for his 30th save of the season.

It marked the fourth straight season, Rivera has registered
30 or more saves.

Kelvim Escobar (8-10) took the loss for the Angels after
giving up five runs on eight hits over six innings.

In Boston, Manny Ramirez singled in the winning run in the
bottom of the 10th inning to extend his hitting streak to 27
games as Red Sox edged the Baltimore Orioles.

Deadlocked at 7-7, Ramirez belted a single to left that
scored Mark Loretta, who had led off the 10th with a walk,
lifting the Red Sox to a second straight win following a
five-game losing streak.

It was the eighth walkoff win of the season for the Red
Sox, who twice faced four-run deficits before tying the contest
with a big sixth inning.

Wily Mo Pena finished the day with three hits, including a
fifth inning homer, three RBI and three runs scored, while
light hitting Doug Mirabelli also drove in three runs.

In Chicago, Brian Anderson drove in a pair of runs and the
White Sox took advantage of a pair of Detroit errors to fashion
a 4-3 comeback win that sent the slumping Tigers to their
fourth straight defeat.

As a result of their tailspin, the surprising Tigers have
seen their 10-game lead in the AL central trimmed to 6 by the
World Series champions.

With six wins in their last nine, the White Sox also
continue to set the pace in the AL wild card race.

Tied 3-3 entering the seventh, Sandy Alomar sent a
sacrifice fly to right field scoring Jermaine Dye with the
go-ahead run.