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|Monday, 21 May 2007 17:02|
NEW YORK (AP) -Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees have quite a hike if they hope to get back in the AL East race, and they took an important step in the right direction Monday night.|
Rodriguez homered for the third straight game and Chien-Ming Wang stymied Boston, sending the Yankees to a 6-2 victory that moved them within 9 1/2 games of the division-leading Red Sox, who still own the best record in the major leagues at 30-14.
Jason Giambi snapped a 1-for-26 slide with an upper-deck homer and leadoff batter Johnny Damon got the Yankees started all game against his former team. New York improved to 2-5 this year against its biggest rival, with both wins coming against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (4-5).
Building on a crisp victory the night before over the Mets that allowed them to avoid a Subway Series sweep, the patient Yankees drew eight walks and ran on Wakefield all night. New York had five two-out RBIs, and the Red Sox went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Robinson Cano hit a two-run triple and Damon finished with three singles, a walk and two stolen bases.
Wang (3-3) yielded two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings to win his second consecutive start.
David Ortiz drove in both Boston runs.
Indians 5, Mariners 2
CLEVELAND (AP) - Casey Blake homered, Josh Barfield had two RBIs and the Indians remained baseball's best home team.
The game was a makeup of the April 6 home opener at Jacobs Field, which was called after the clubs played 4 2-3 innings in a snowstorm that dumped more than 2 feet on the ballpark and caused the entire four-game series to be postponed.
Blake's fourth homer, a two-out shot off Cha Seung Baek (1-2), snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth.
Cleveland improved to 17-4 at home, with two of those wins coming in Milwaukee when the club had to move a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels under Miller Park's retractable roof in April.
Tom Mastny (3-1) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings to get the win.
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