November 2, 2009 in Sports

Yankees steal game four

A-Rod drives in winning run in ninth inning
Pete Caldera Hackensack (N.J.) Record
Associated Press photo

Alex Rodriguez hits a double for the go-ahead run in the ninth.
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Through the years

The Yankees are trying to become the fifth team to lose the opener then win the World Series by taking the next four games.

World Series

New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Game 1: Philadelphia 6, New York 1
Game 2: New York 3, Philadelphia 1
Game 3: New York 8, Philadelphia 5
Game 4: New York 7, Philadelphia 4
     Yankees lead series 3-1
Game 5: New York at Philadelphia, today, 4:57 p.m.
     Burnett (13-9) vs. Lee (7-4)
Game 6*: Philadelphia at New York, Wed., 4:57 p.m.
Game 7*: Philadelphia at New York, Thurs., 4:57 p.m.
*if necessary
All games on Fox 28 and 700-AM

PHILADELPHIA – In a season filled with comeback wins, the New York Yankees completed their most important late victory yet – with Alex Rodriguez at the center of it all.

A-Rod’s two-out double to left in the ninth scored Johnny Damon with the go-ahead run, and Jorge Posada’s two-run single – both off Phillies closer Brad Lidge – brought the Yankees one win away from their 27th world championship.

Mariano Rivera quickly finished off an improbable 7-4 Yankees’ victory at stunned Citizens Bank Park, where a sellout crowd had just celebrated Pedro Feliz’s game-tying, eighth-inning homer off Joba Chamberlain.

Making his first appearance in the Series, Lidge got two quick outs in the ninth before Damon – on a gritty nine-pitch at-bat – singled to left. Then things got really weird.

With the right-side shift on Mark Teixeira, Damon stole second, got up and raced to an unoccupied third base; he was credited with two steals on the play.

“I’m just glad when I started running I still had those young legs behind me,” Damon said. “By getting to third base, that takes away a tough slider in the dirt (for a potential wild pitch); one I may be able to score on.

“(Alex) is the reason we’re sitting here. Without him, who knows when our road would have stopped? He’s been driving us through the playoffs.”

Teixeira was hit by a pitch, and A-Rod untied the game with his 15th RBI of the postseason.

That tied a Yankees record shared by Bernie Williams (’96) and Scott Brosius (’98).

On three days’ rest, CC Sabathia restlessly navigated through six innings, charged with three runs. Chase Utley had connected on another Series homer off the lefty ace, cutting the Yankees’ lead to a single run in the seventh inning and putting a charge back into the sellout crowd.

Sabathia’s evening ended after Utley concluded his trot around the bases.

“This is a very tough lineup to navigate through,” said Yanks manager Joe Girardi. “I thought he gave a gutsy performance.

“I felt all year long this team has been extrememly resilient. (Tonight), all I’m thinking about is to go out and play a good game and see where we’re at.”

Damaso Marte continued his renaissance postseason, striking out Ryan Howard after the home run to end the inning.

Yankees 7, Phillies 4

Jeter ss 412111.412
Damon lf 523101.294
Teixeira 1b 410101.071
A.Rodriguez 3b 411101.143
Posada c 301312.308
Cano 2b 401001.133
Swisher rf 210022.222
Me.Cabrera cf 311000.154
Gardner cf 100000.000
Sabathia p 300002.000
H.Matsui ph 100000.500
Totals 34797411
Philadelphia ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
Rollins ss 501000.200
Victorino cf 411010.200
Utley 2b 412200.267
Howard 1b 411001.176
Werth rf 300012.308
Ibanez lf 400003.188
P.Feliz 3b 413200.267
C.Ruiz c 300011.250
Blanton p 200002.000
B.Francisco ph 100000.000
Stairs ph 100000.167
Totals 3548439
New York 200020003—791
Philadelphia 100100110—481

E—Posada (1), Ibanez (1). LOB—New York 7, Philadelphia 7. 2B—Damon (2), A.Rodriguez (1), Victorino (1), Utley (1). HR—Utley (3); P.Feliz (1). RBIs—Jeter (1), Damon (3), Teixeira (2), A.Rodriguez (3), Posada 3 (5), Utley 2 (4), P.Feliz 2 (2). SB—Damon 2 (3), Howard (1). SF—Posada. RLSP—New York 3; Philadelphia 4. RMU—Teixeira, C.Ruiz

Sabathia 6 2/3 733363.29
D.Marte H, 1/3 000000.00
Chamberlain W,1-0 BS,1-1 1111034.50
Ma.Rivera S,2-2 1000000.00
Blanton 6544276.00
Park 1000110.00
Madson 1100120.00
Lidge L,0-1 13330127.00

IBB—off Sabathia (Werth, C.Ruiz). HBP—Teixeira, A.Rodriguez.T—3:25. A—46,145 (43,647).

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