AMERICAN LEAGUE Yankees rally past Angels
Hideki Matsui's 2-run double in ninth inning was a crucial hit in N.Y. 8-7 win.
NEW YORK -- Francisco Rodriguez looked tired, and he was having trouble throwing strikes. The New York Yankees' patient hitters only made things harder on him.
Hideki Matsui's two-run double in the ninth inning capped a big comeback, and New York took advantage of four walks by Rodriguez Saturday to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 8-7.
"That's what we do best. We take our walks, and eventually somebody's got to be pitched to," Jason Giambi said.
Bernie Williams and Giambi homered for the Yankees, who got a stellar debut from starter Shawn Chacon and defeated the Angels for only the third time in nine meetings this season.
Juan Rivera connected for the AL West leaders and Paul Byrd threw seven solid innings, but Los Angeles' normally dependable bullpen blew a 7-3 lead in the last two innings -- perhaps Thursday's 18-inning loss in Toronto took a toll.
Giambi's two-run shot off Jake Woods in the eighth cut it to 7-5, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia brought in Rodriguez with one out.
"We were a little bit short today. Frankie was a little bit extended, and you've got to give them credit, it just got away from him," Scioscia said. "He's our guy, and he had enough in him to get through that inning."
Pitching for the third straight day, Rodriguez got out of the eighth with no trouble but began to fade in the ninth. The hard-throwing right-hander walked his first two batters before striking out Robinson Cano. Gary Sheffield then walked, and another free pass to Alex Rodriguez made it 7-6.
Francisco Rodriguez (2-2) threw his 36th pitch of the game to Matsui, who lined it into left-center. It was Rodriguez's fourth blown save in 29 chances this season, and second in three days.
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One out when winning run scored.
E--Embree (1). DP--Los Angeles 1. LOB--Los Angeles 7, New York 8. 2B--Paul (1), Jeter (15), Matsui (28), BWilliams (13). HR--JRivera (8), JaGiambi (17), BWilliams (7). SB--Figgins (36), SFinley (8), AKennedy (10), Womack 3 (23). S--Figgins, AKennedy.
Woods pitched to 2 batters in the 8th, FRodriguez pitched to 1 batter in the 7th, Embree pitched to 2 batters in the 7th, Gordon pitched to 3 batters in the 8th. HBP--by Byrd (ARodriguez). WP--FRodriguez. PB--Posada. Balk--Gordon.
Umpires--Home, Mark Wegner; First, Gary Darling; Second, Tom Hallion; Third, Paul Nauert. T--3:43. A--54,220.
White Sox 9, Orioles 6
BALTIMORE -- A.J. Pierzynski and Jermaine Dye hit successive homers in a four-run eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat Baltimore.
Joe Crede also connected for the White Sox, who made up deficits of 4-2 and 6-4 in handing the Orioles their 12th loss in 14 games. The defeat dropped Baltimore (51-52) under .500 for the first time since April 9.
Tadahito Iguchi led off the eighth with a walk off Chris Ray (0-3) and Paul Konerko singled with one out before Pierzynski hit his career-high 15th home run, a shot to right that made it 7-6. Four pitches later, Dye hit No. 21, the seventh time this season the White Sox have homered in consecutive at-bats.
Iguchi capped his second straight three-hit game with an RBI single in the ninth.
Neal Cotts (3-0) worked a perfect seventh, and Dustin Hermanson got three outs for his 24th save.
Rafael Palmeiro gave Baltimore a 6-4 lead in the sixth, hitting his 18th home run with a man on. It was his 1,191st extra-base hit, moving him out of a tie with Lou Gehrig into sole possession of sixth place on the career list.
On July 15, Palmeiro become the fourth player in major league history to have 3,000 hits and 500 homers. He now has 3,017 hits and 569 home runs.
Brian Roberts drove in two runs for Baltimore. Left fielder Eric Byrnes, who flew overnight from Colorado after being traded from the Rockies for outfielder Larry Bigbie, went 1-for-5 with an RBI in his Orioles debut.
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DP--Baltimore 2. LOB--Chicago 4, Baltimore 5. 2B--Pierzynski (13), Uribe (13), BRoberts (29), Byrnes (16). 3B--Iguchi (4). HR--Pierzynski (15), Dye (21), Crede (15), RPalmeiro (18). CS--Podsednik (15). S--Podsednik. SF--CEverett.
WP--Contreras. Umpires--Home, James Hoye; First, Joe West; Second, Mike DiMuro; Third, Mark Carlson. T--3:15. A--40,100 .