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Yankees fall to 1-6 on 12-game road trip

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The ball just isn't slicing the Yankees' way
right now.

Geoff Jenkins ran down Derek Jeter's drive in the right-field
corner for the final out, preserving the Brewers' 4-3 victory
Monday night and ruining New York's first trip to Milwaukee since
1997.

"Two more inches," Jenkins marveled. "It was one of those
balls where you're running all out. Luckily, I had enough Rawlings
to glove it."

Junior Spivey hit a go-ahead homer off Randy Johnson, Jeff
Cirillo also connected and Derrick Turnbow escaped a ninth-inning
jam to send the slumping Yankees to their eighth loss in nine
games.

With pressure mounting from impatient owner George Steinbrenner,
the $200 million Yankees fell to 1-6 on their 12-game road trip and
dipped below .500 at 28-29.

"We're certainly going to have to earn our money to turn this
thing around because it's just not a lot of fun right now,"
manager Joe Torre said.

New York put the potential tying run on second base with none
out in the ninth, but Turnbow struck out rookie Robinson Cano and
got pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra on a groundout.

Jeter then sliced a drive to right that appeared headed for the
corner -- probably an extra-base hit that would tie the game. But
Jenkins, running at full speed, reached out and made a terrific
grab, leaving Jeter grimacing as he rounded first base.

Most of the crowd of 37,627 figured the game was tied, and so
did Jeter.

"I don't know what he was doing over there," Jeter said,
referring to Jenkins. "I guess it was good placement on his part,
good coaching or scouting, whatever. But when I hit it, I thought
the game was going to be tied."

Turnbow saw the ball come off Jeter's bat and, "I was just
like, 'Get foul! Get foul!" he said.

Then, he noticed Jenkins was in position to rob Jeter of the
tying hit thanks to first base coach Dave Nelson, who positioned
Jenkins just right.

Nelson motioned for Jenkins to take a few steps in and a couple
steps toward the line so he could have a play at the plate to throw
out pinch-runner Tony Womack should Jeter hit a single in front of
him.

"I wasn't concerned about the double over his head," Nelson
said. "And then I also felt that the way Turnbow was throwing that
Jeter wasn't going to pull the ball."

Still, he thought it was all for naught when the ball left
Jeter's bat.

"I just said, 'Oh shoot, that's trouble," Nelson said.

Because the play occurred deep in the corner at Miller Park,
most of the Brewers had to watch the first base umpire, Sam
Holbrook, make the call -- some just watched for Jeter's reaction.

"It seems like when you're scuffling, you don't get any
breaks," Jeter said. "And then when you're playing well, it seems
like everything goes your way. If we had won 10 in a row, Jenkins
is probably in right-center and the ball drops."

Spivey broke a 3-all tie with his fifth homer leading off the
sixth, sending Johnson's first pitch over the left-field wall. It
was the first hit Johnson allowed since Cirillo's solo shot in the
third.

Johnson (5-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.
He walked three and struck out eight.

"I'm just not pitching as well as I thought I would be,"
Johnson said. "Unfortunately, everybody's struggling at the same
time."

Cirillo doubled home Brady Clark in the first and scored on
Carlos Lee's single for a 2-0 lead. Cirillo's homer in the third
made it 3-0, a lead that was erased an inning later.

Jason Giambi started the comeback with a run-scoring single.
Then, with the bases full and one out, first baseman Wes Helms made
a diving stop of Cano's high-hopper, but instead of flipping to
pitcher Doug Davis covering the bag for the second out with the
pitcher on deck, he made a sidearm throw home that was off-target,
allowing Jorge Posada to score the Yankees' second run.

Giambi tied it at 3 when he scored from third on Davis' wild
pitch with Johnson up at bat.

Davis recovered to strike out Johnson and Jeter with runners at
second and third and had to rescue himself again an inning later
when he walked the bases full with nobody out before striking out
Posada and inducing Giambi to hit into a double play.

The Yankees didn't get another baserunner until the ninth.

Davis (8-5), who allowed three runs and four hits with five
walks and eight strikeouts, finished his up-and-down outing with a
1-2-3 sixth before giving way to Matt Wise, who pitched a perfect
seventh and eighth. Turnbow earned his ninth save in 11
opportunities.

Game notes
Lee doubled in the seventh, his eighth hit in his last
eight at-bats, tying a club record. ... Jeter opened the game with
a single for the sixth straight time, a career best. ... With C
Damian Miller expected to miss the three-game series, the Brewers
designated RHP Gary Glover for assignment and purchased C Julio
Mosquera's contract from Triple-A Nashville. ... Baseball
commissioner Bud Selig made his first appearance at Miller Park
this season, joining Mark Attanasio, who bought the team from the
Selig family last winter.