NEW YORK (AP) -- Jason Giambi stood outside the dugout and raised
his arms to a cheering crowd.
It's been a long time since he -- and the New York Yankees --
heard such a roar.Booed at home for most of the year, Giambi hit a two-run homer
into the upper deck in the 10th inning, and New York rallied past
the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 Wednesday night with help from a
questionable call."For one swing, I put it all together," Giambi said.
"Hopefully, this is a turning point."Jorge Posada tied the game with a two-out double off Jose Mesa
in the ninth, and New York overcame Kevin Brown's latest back
injury to beat Pittsburgh for the second consecutive night.Before the game, the Yankees unveiled plans for a new $800
million ballpark they hope to move into in 2009. It will be built
adjacent to the current stadium, which opened in 1923, and the team
hopes to break ground next spring.But first, the Yankees summoned some of their old late-inning
magic for perhaps their most exciting victory in a sluggish season."If this game doesn't pick us up, I don't know what game will.
We weren't going to be denied," manager Joe Torre said. "That's
the attitude that it looked like we had. Guys kept fighting, biting
and doing everything possible to make sure the game wouldn't end."Trailing 5-4, New York caught a big break in the ninth. With one
out and a runner on first, Gary Sheffield's smash up the middle
appeared headed toward center for a single. But it deflected off
Mesa (0-5) to shortstop Jack Wilson, who tried to start a double
play that would have ended the game.Replays showed the relay from second baseman Jose Castillo beat
Sheffield at first, but he was called safe by umpire Tony Randazzo."I don't need to see a replay. He was clearly out," Pittsburgh
manager Lloyd McClendon said. "It's not easy to take, that's for
sure. We've got a nice little team here, but we're not good enough
to beat the Yankees twice in their own ballpark."Pittsburgh's middle infielders protested a bit, though McClendon
never came out of the dugout to argue."It was a bang-bang play," Randazzo said. "They didn't
complain. That's what I had out there, and that's what I called."
But McClendon said there was only one reason he didn't dispute
the play."I've come to learn that arguing gets me in trouble for some
reason," he said.Alex Rodriguez singled, and Posada doubled off the right-field
fence to tie it. When the throw in trickled away from Wilson,
Rodriguez made an ill-advised decision to try and score. He was
easily cut down at the plate.Not to be deterred, the Yankees got a leadoff walk from
pinch-hitter Tino Martinez in the 10th. After Tony Womack
sacrificed, Giambi drove a 2-2 pitch deep into the right-field
upper deck."It was where I wanted it. Sometimes you have to give the
hitter credit," Mesa said. "Even though the umpire missed the
play, I didn't do my job."It was the first moment of pure elation in a long while for
Giambi, who has all but admitted using performance-enhancing drugs."He's handled his share of problems. To come back in a game
like this and be the hero, it had to mean a great deal to him,"
Torre said.Especially after getting booed loudly by the crowd of 48,828
when he struck out in a key spot in the eighth."Deep inside, I want to get a hit as badly as they want me to
get a hit," Giambi said.His third career game-ending homer -- second with the Yankees --
made New York 1-30 this season when trailing after eight innings.It also was his first homer since May 17 in Seattle, and he took
a curtain call to celebrate."It was incredible," Giambi said.The Pirates dropped to 27-3 when leading after eight, and Mesa
was handed his third blown save in 20 chances.Mariano Rivera (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.Jason Bay and Wilson homered, and Mark Redman shut down the
inconsistent Yankees for 6 2/3 innings.Brown left in the fifth with lower back spasms and will be
re-evaluated Thursday. He gave up RBI singles to Bay, Ryan Doumit
and Daryle Ward, and the Pirates built a 4-1 lead.The Yankees cut it to 5-4 in the eighth on Hideki Matsui's RBI
single and Ruben Sierra's run-scoring double off Mike Gonzalez.Wilson homered on the first pitch from Tanyon Sturtze in the
seventh, and Bay did the same in the eighth, making it 5-2.Posada also connected for New York, and Robinson Cano had an RBI
infield single.Brown allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. The
right-hander missed his previous turn in the rotation because of a
sore left shoulder. He got hurt while covering first base in
Minnesota on June 5. He also missed the first two weeks of the
season with a strained back."I almost cost us the game. But what do you in that situation?
If you don't pitch with a little discomfort, you'll never get on
the mound. I have to figure out where that line is," Brown said.
"This is probably just residual stuff from what happened in
Minnesota. That whole side has just been stiff and sore ever
The Yankees have won consecutive games for the first time
since May 22-27. ... It was Giambi's 99th homer with the Yankees.
... The Yankees optioned INF Andy Phillips to Triple-A Columbus and
recalled OF Bubba Crosby.