August 19, 2006

Damon leads Yankees to third straight win over Red Sox

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Johnny Damon starred against his
former team mates to help the New York Yankees pound the Boston
Red Sox 13-5 and record a third straight win over their
arch-rivals on Saturday.

Damon had three hits for the third game in a row and drove
in a run while Randy Johnson hung in for seven innings to give
New York's weary bullpen badly needed rest after a marathon
doubleheader between the teams on Friday.

The Yankees took a season high 4 game lead on the Red Sox
in the AL East with the victory, their third in two days over

New York has scored 39 runs in the first three games of
this five-game series and after trailing 4-3 after four
innings, scored twice in the fifth and five more in the sixth
to pull away.

They took advantage of 13 walks on Saturday and made the
most of their 10 hits, according to manager Joe Torre.

"Big things happen when you think small," Torre told

"These guys are taking what they give us; we've taken
advantage of it."

Robinson Cano drove in five runs for the Yankees and had
two hits, including a three-run homer in the eighth inning.
Jorge Posada had a three-run triple in the sixth inning and
drove in four runs for New York.

Johnson (14-9) allowed five runs on just four hits and was
hurt by six walks, while striking out just three.

But it was "The Big Unit's" 112-pitch effort that allowed
the Yankees to use just two relievers, Jaret Wright and T.J.
Beam, who both tossed a scoreless inning.

"I feel like I pitched a lot better than the numbers show,"
Johnson told reporters.

Josh Beckett's control was even worse for Boston as he
walked nine batters in his 5 2/3 innings.

Beckett (13-8) was charged with nine runs on seven hits
with two strikeouts to take the loss.

"It's unacceptable, it's brutal," Beckett told reporters.
"They're the Yankees, and they have a tough lineup."

Manny Ramirez hit a three-run hone run off Johnson in the
fourth inning and Mike Lowell had two hits for the Red Sox.

In Baltimore, Daniel Cabrera pitched a five-hit shutout as
the Orioles crushed the fading Toronto Blue Jays 15-0.

Cabrera (6-8) struck out 10 and walked two for his second
career shutout as the Orioles became the last team in the
majors to put together a four-game winning streak.

Kevin Millar drove in five runs for the Orioles, while Nick
Markakis, Brian Roberts and Miguel Tejada all homered, with
Tejada driving in three runs.

Shaun Marcum (1-3) allowed nine runs on seven hits in 4 1/3
innings, striking out five and walking three.

The Blue Jays dropped nine game behind the first place
Yankees in the AL East, but third baseman John Hattig made
baseball history by becoming the first player from Guam to play
in the majors.

(Writing by Roger Lajoie in Montreal)