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Yankees waste A-Rod's two-homer outing

5/15/2004

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners spent all afternoon trying
to put away the New York Yankees.

Dan Wilson finally got it done.

Wilson hit a pair of three-run doubles and the Mariners overcame
two homers by Alex Rodriguez, snapping their six-game losing streak
with a 13-7 victory in 13 innings Saturday.

Scott Spiezio broke a 7-all tie with a two-run double. After
blowing leads of 4-0 and 7-4, the Mariners sealed it at last by
scoring six times in the 13th against Gabe White.

"It was great to finally finish that off and win the game,"
Spiezio said.

Rodriguez had his first multihomer game for the Yankees before a
sellout crowd of 54,531 on a gorgeous afternoon. New York hit a
season-high five homers -- four off Jamie Moyer -- but wasted two
great opportunities to win in the late innings.

"You felt like it was a game that you were meant to win because
we kept fighting back," manager Joe Torre said. "But you
understand you're not going to go home with the ice cream cone all
the time."

Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams also connected
for New York, which lost for only the fourth time in 17 games. The
Yankees dropped to 16-1 when scoring at least five runs.

"The game was so long I don't even remember some of the home
runs," Derek Jeter said.

Ramon Santiago opened the 13th with a double off White (0-1).
Two intentional walks sandwiched around a sacrifice loaded the
bases for Spiezio, who sent an 0-1 pitch to the left-center fence
for a 9-7 lead.

Raul Ibanez was hit by an 0-2 pitch to force home another run,
and Wilson cleared the bases with a double to center, sending
teammates into a frenzy back in the clubhouse.

"You should have heard it in here, everybody jumping around and
high-fiving," rookie reliever J.J. Putz said. "This obviously is
something that can jump-start this team."

Wilson also hit a three-run double in the sixth, and his six
RBI matched a career high.

Eddie Guardado (1-0) worked two scoreless innings for the win,
ending a game that lasted 4 hours, 24 minutes.

Mariners manager Bob Melvin was long gone by then -- he was
ejected in the third for arguing balls and strikes with plate
umpire Chris Guccione.

"It was almost like two games today," Melvin said. "It was a
really good win for us."

Williams connected against Shigetoshi Hasegawa in the seventh to
tie it at 7. Putz then escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth by
retiring Rodriguez and Jason Giambi.

"We were one hit short," Rodriguez said. "I just blew it. I
had my chance."

Putz has not allowed a run in 11 1-3 innings this season.

"J.J. did a great job -- a young kid coming into Yankee Stadium
and pitching like that," Guardado said. "He didn't buckle. It
kind of pumps you up out there, at least it did me."

With the infield in, Rodriguez got thrown out at the plate on
Matsui's grounder to second baseman Jolbert Cabrera in the 12th.

"I thought I beat it," Rodriguez said.

Seattle jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Donovan Osborne in the
second. Ibanez hit an RBI double and scored on Rich Aurilia's
broken-bat single. Two unearned runs scored when Rodriguez couldn't
come up with Randy Winn's two-out grounder to third.

It was A-Rod's third error at his new position.

Sheffield hit his third homer on Moyer's first pitch in the
second.

Moments after Melvin was tossed, Rodriguez hit a two-run shot.
He tied it at 4 in the fifth with a solo drive to left-center, his
ninth of the year, and came out for a curtain call.

But Osborne gave up consecutive hits to start the sixth, and
reliever Paul Quantrill hit Ibanez with his first pitch. Wilson
cleared the bases with a liner to left-center, giving Seattle a 7-4
lead.

Matsui hit a two-run shot off the facade of the upper deck in
the bottom half, cutting the deficit to one. But the Yankees never
took the lead.

"It seemed like everyone had a chance to win the game today,"
Jeter said.

Game notes
The Yankees acquired RHP Tanyon Sturtze from Los Angeles
for a player to be named. Sturtze has pitched for five teams during
eight big league seasons. He was 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA in six starts
for Triple-A Las Vegas this year. ... Moyer allowed four homers for
the first time in his 18-year career. He hasn't won in five starts
since April 17 against Texas. ... Ichiro Suzuki had three hits,
extending his hitting streak to 14 games. ... Rodriguez has reached
base safely in 25 consecutive games. He has 34 career multihomer
games. ... Giambi was back in the lineup after not starting Friday
night because of a sore hip. But he came out in the 13th because of
back spasms and is doubtful for Sunday. ... Wilson also drove in
six runs July 17, 1998, against Kansas City.