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Damon's six hits lift Yankees to wild win

Jun 7, 2008 - 10:57 PM By Larry Fleisher PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- On a record-setting day at Yankee Stadium, Johnny Damon was the last man standing. The last thing he wanted to do was spend another inning in the field.

Damon went 6-for-6, including a two-out single off Joakim Soria that scored Wilson Betemit with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the New York Yankees rallied for a wild 12-11 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

When Damon's winning hit landed just inside the right-field foul line, he had tied an American League record for hits in a game and became the first Yankee with a six-hit game at Yankee Stadium. The only other Yankee with six hits in a nine-inning contest was Myril Hoag, who did it on June 6, 1934. Gerald Williams collected six hits in a 15-inning contest against Baltimore in 1996.

Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada homered for the Yankees, who had a season-high 19 hits and won for only the third time in 30 games this season when trailing after seven innings.

"It was kind of the last man standing," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It was a quite a game. It was a lot of offense and what can say about Johnny Damon, 6-for-6."

Damon, who tied the game, 10-10, with a two-run single in the eighth, wasn't sure that his game-winning hit would land fair.

"It actually started a little off the line in fair territory," he said. "But it eventually cut back over and it was a fair ball."

The big day by Damon, who also drove in four runs, sent the Yankees to their second walk-off win in three games. Giambi hit a walk-off two-run homer as a pinch hitter to give the Yankees a 9-8 victory over Toronto on Thursday.

Damon's first walk-off hit as a Yankee came after an awful outing from Andy Pettitte, who gave up a grand slam to Jose Guillen and allowed 10 runs to match a career high.

It also came on the same day that Mariano Rivera surrendered a solo home run to David DeJesus in the top of the ninth that staked the Royals to an 11-10 lead.

After DeJesus' blast off Rivera stunned the crowd, the Yankees went to work against Soria (0-1), who had converted his first 13 save opportunities this season.

With one out, Posada hit a first-pitch fastball over the right-field wall. Following a groundout by Robinson Cano, Betemit drew a walk and advanced to second on an infield single by Melky Cabrera, setting the stage for Damon.

"I tried to get on base," Damon said "His pitches were quite up in the zone. I faced him yesterday and he had a pretty good cutter, so I was trying to stay inside the ball "

Damon capped a three-hour, 50-minute marathon by lining Soria's 3-1 pitch into the right-field corner.

"Not a whole lot of guys go 6-for-6," Posada said. "So, we were hoping that he kept going. He did. He had a amazing day."

Damon, whose six hits came one day after his 14-game hitting streak was snapped, expressed relief that he did not have to spend another inning playing defense in the humid conditions.

"That we don't have go out for defense again, I think that was the biggest thing," Damon said. "As the game went on, we were pretty tired, especially me. I ran around a lot today."

Damon spent part of the day watching two home runs from Guillen sail over the left-field wall. Guillen homered in the first and then connected for his fourth career grand slam in the seventh.

It appeared that Guillen's franchise record-tying seven RBI day would be enough to give Kansas City consecutive wins at Yankee Stadium for the first time since August 1999. But the Yankees twiced erased four-run deficits.

"We gave it away three separate times," Royals catcher John Buck said.

"I didn't have luck today," Soria added. "I tried to do my best. They hit my best and we lost."

The Yankees, who had earlier rallied from a 5-1 deficit, pulled within 10-8 in the seventh, when Rodriguez blasted a two-run homer off Brett Tomko into the visiting bullpen. Rodriguez became the first Yankee to hit a ball that far in the new Yankee Stadium.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    KANSAS CITY 2 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 1 11 12 0
    NY YANKEES 1 0 0 4 1 0 2 2 2 12 19 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: KAN - BRIAN BANNISTER, JOEL PERALTA (4TH), BRETT TOMKO (5TH), RAMON
    RAMIREZ (7TH), JIMMY GOBBLE (8TH), YASUHIKO YABUTA (8TH),
    JOAKIM SORIA (9TH) AND JOHN BUCK
    NYY

    Jun 7 5:01 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOHNNY DAMON SCORED WILSON BETEMIT.
    FINAL SCORE: NY YANKEES 12, KANSAS CITY 11

    Royals 11, Yankees 12  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 7 5:01 PM
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    Royals 10, Yankees 8  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 7 4:54 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JORGE POSADA (2) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF JOAKIM SORIA.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 11, NY YANKEES 11
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.231, 2-FOR-4, RBI)

    Royals 11, Yankees 11  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 7 4:50 PM
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    Royals 11, Yankees 11  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 7 4:50 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DAVID DEJESUS (5) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF MARIANO RIVERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 11, NY YANKEES 10
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M AVILES (.333, 1-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Royals 11, Yankees 10  Top 9, 0 OutsJun 7 4:43 PM
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    Royals 10, Yankees 10  Top 9, 0 OutsJun 7 4:40 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOHNNY DAMON SCORED ROBINSON CANO AND MELKY
    CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J DAMON ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 10
    NY YANKEES 10 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.277, 0-FOR-3, SAC)

    Royals 10, Yankees 10  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 7 4:26 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ (9) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    1 OUT IN THE 7TH OFF BRETT TOMKO SCORED BOBBY ABREU.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 10, NY YANKEES 8
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J GIAMBI (.263, 2-FOR-2, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Royals 10, Yankees 8  Bot 7, 0 OutsJun 7 3:55 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY JOSE GUILLEN (9) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF ANDY PETTITTE SCORED ESTEBAN GERMAN, JOEY GATHRIGHT AND MIKE
    AVILES.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 10, NY YANKEES 6
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M OLIVO (.293, 0-FOR-3)

    Royals 10, Yankees 6  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 7 3:39 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOEY GATHRIGHT SCORED ALBERTO CALLASPO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J GATHRIGHT ON FIRST, E GERMAN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 6
    NY YANKEES 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: D DEJESUS (.301, 1-FOR-3)

    Royals 6, Yankees 6  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 7 3:29 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JASON GIAMBI (13) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF JOEL PERALTA.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5, NY YANKEES 6
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.304, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Royals 5, Yankees 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 7 3:06 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    KANSAS CITY 2 0 3 0 5 6 0
    NY YANKEES 1 0 0 4 5 8 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: KAN - JOEL PERALTA
    NYY - ANDY PETTITTE

    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: D DEJESUS (.302, 1-FOR-2)
    M AVILES (.375, 1-FOR-2, RBI)
    M TEAHEN (.262, 1-FOR-1, HBP)

    Royals 5, Yankees 5  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 7 2:54 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOHNNY DAMON SCORED ROBINSON CANO.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J DAMON ON FIRST, M CABRERA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5
    NY YANKEES 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.279, 0-FOR-1, SAC)

    Royals 5, Yankees 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsJun 7 2:48 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY WILSON BETEMIT SCORED JORGE POSADA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R CANO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5
    NY YANKEES 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M CABRERA (.270, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 5, Yankees 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsJun 7 2:43 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ROBINSON CANO SCORED JASON GIAMBI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R CANO ON FIRST, J POSADA ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5
    NY YANKEES 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: W BETEMIT (.250, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 5, Yankees 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsJun 7 2:42 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JORGE POSADA SCORED ALEX RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J POSADA ON SECOND, J GIAMBI ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5
    NY YANKEES 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.226, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 5, Yankees 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsJun 7 2:40 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOHN BUCK SCORED MARK TEAHEN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5
    NY YANKEES 1 END TOP, 3RD

    Royals 5, Yankees 1  Top 3, 0 OutsJun 7 2:18 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSE GUILLEN SCORED MIKE AVILES.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J GUILLEN ON FIRST, M TEAHEN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    NY YANKEES 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M OLIVO (.297, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 4, Yankees 1  Top 3, 0 OutsJun 7 2:11 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY MIKE AVILES SCORED DAVID DEJESUS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M AVILES ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    NY YANKEES 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M TEAHEN (.262, 1-FOR-1)

    Royals 3, Yankees 1  Top 3, 0 OutsJun 7 2:05 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON GIAMBI SCORED JOHNNY DAMON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J GIAMBI ON FIRST, A RODRIGUEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    NY YANKEES 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.299, 1 HR, 11 RBI)

    Royals 2, Yankees 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 7 1:32 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    KANSAS CITY 2 2 2 0
    NY YANKEES 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: KAN - BRIAN BANNISTER
    NYY - ANDY PETTITTE

    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J DAMON (.308, 6 HR, 27 RBI)
    D JETER (.281, 3 HR, 27 RBI)
    B ABREU (.288, 7 HR, 39 RBI)

    Royals 2, Yankees 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 7 1:19 PM