Yanks walk-off with fourth straight

After Rivera falters in ninth, Yanks rally to take down O's
08/13/2007 10:04 PM ET
By Bryan Hoch /

Derek Jeter attempts to break up a double play.(AP)
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's infield dribbler scored Melky Cabrera with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Yankees edged the Orioles on Monday, 7-6.

Facing Orioles reliever Chad Bradford, pinch-hitter Jason Giambi punched a single through the right side, moving Melky Cabrera -- who was hit by a pitch and saved a run with a terrific outfield assist -- to third. Jeter followed with a roller to the right side that got past Bradford and forced second baseman Brian Roberts to throw home offline on an RBI fielder's choice.

The ninth-inning heroics followed Mariano Rivera blowing his first save in 19 opportunities, surrendering a game-tying single to Roberts in the ninth inning and nullifying an outfield assist by Cabrera, who had gunned down Melvin Mora at the plate a batter earlier.

The slugging Yankees delivered a lead to the ninth inning behind power from Bobby Abreu and Wilson Betemit, who clubbed two-run homers off Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie.

Coming back from the worst effort of his career, Chien-Ming Wang wasn't stellar, but he got enough support to leave as the pitcher of record. Wang allowed five runs and eight hits over six-plus innings, walking one and struck out two.

He allowed a solo home run to Corey Patterson in the fifth -- the first blast allowed by Wang in 56 2/3 innings -- while also throwing a wild pitch and hitting a batter. Left-hander Ron Villone inherited a runner in the seventh and threw two wild pitches, allowing a run.

Rookie right-hander Joba Chamberlain stole the show in the eighth, bringing the crowd of 54,398 to chant his first name as he made his Yankee Stadium debut, striking out two in a perfect frame. Cabrera extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games with a run-scoring double to right off Guthrie in the fourth. comments