NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Yankees did plenty of walking --
just not enough hitting.
"I guess it was one of those games you weren't supposed to win.
We certainly had plenty of chances," Yankees manager Joe Torre
said. "We did all the right things and the wrong things happened.
These games spring up from out of nowhere. There's no explaining
Gary Sheffield hit a two-run homer for the Yankees, who wasted a
strong start by Chien-Ming Wang and fell to 1-9 when scoring fewer
than six runs. They stranded 16 runners, the last three when Shawn
Camp retired Sheffield on a bases-loaded grounder for his second
"We got ourselves in some holes. Fortunately tonight we were
able to dig ourselves out," said third baseman Ty Wigginton, who
knocked down Sheffield's hard grounder and calmly threw to first
for the final out. "I'm sure if you ask anybody around here,
you're not going to expect to win too many ballgames when you walk
that many guys. But they pitched their hearts out and came through
with the `W' for us."
Jason Giambi drew four of New York's walks, but incredibly, none
of those batters came around to score. The Yankees got their
leadoff man on nine times in 10 innings, with seven walks and two
It was the first time in exactly 13 years that a team won when
it walked at least 14 in 10 innings or less, according to the Elias
Sports Bureau. Philadelphia walked 14 and beat San Francisco 9-8 in
10 innings on April 26, 1993.
"That's the game of baseball -- amazing things happen," Rivera
The Devil Rays snapped a four-game skid and improved to 2-6 on
their nine-game trip. New York had won three in a row.
Chad Orvella (1-1) pitched three hitless innings, walking four.
Joey Gathright singled on an 0-2 pitch leading off the 10th
against Rivera (0-2) and stole second. After Nick Green walked,
Crawford sliced an RBI double over third baseman Alex Rodriguez for
a 3-2 lead.
"I just tried to fight it off and luckily it got over Alex's
head," Crawford said.
Wigginton added a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to right, his
second RBI of the game.
Rivera gave up four hits in two innings, his longest outing of
"I want that back -- 0-2 I have a lot to play with. I didn't
finish Gathright and everything was bad after that. It wasn't away
enough, it was over the plate," Rivera said. "I made a lot of
The Devil Rays put hard-hitting second baseman Jorge Cantu on
the 15-day disabled list before the game, leaving them without
three-quarters of their starting infield.
Cantu, who hit 28 homers with 117 RBI last season, has a broken
bone on the top of his left foot and is expected to miss two to
Crawford, who missed Tuesday night's 9-1 loss to attend his
grandmother's funeral, drew a walk in the first inning, stole
second and scored on Wigginton's two-out single.
In the second, Damon Hollins singled and stole second before
scoring on an RBI grounder by Gathright.
Pitching in short sleeves on a 50-degree night, the 6-foot-6,
250-pound McClung walked the leadoff batter in the first four
innings but escaped unscathed despite throwing 87 pitches.
The right-hander, who entered with a 10.90 ERA in four starts,
threw 58 strikes and 56 balls in five innings. He has walked 22
batters in 22 1-3 innings.
Wang gave up two runs and three hits, all singles, in seven
innings. He retired 12 straight during one stretch and did not
yield a hit after the third.
The Yankees ran themselves into an inning-ending double play in
the sixth. With runners at second and third, Robinson Cano and
Bubba Crosby were both tagged out in rundowns after Jeter's
grounder to third.
"This was a real intense game," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon
said. "I think it was a growth moment for our group."
Johnny Damon tied a career high with three stolen bases for
the Yankees. He also had three steals exactly six years before with
Kansas City against Tampa Bay. ... Cano extended his team-high
hitting streak to 13 games, matching a career best. It is the
longest current streak in the majors. ... Tampa Bay is also missing
injured SS Julio Lugo (abdominal strain) and third baseman Aubrey
Huff (sprained left knee). Speedy outfielder Rocco Baldelli has
been on the DL all season, too. ... The Yankees have not made an
error in eight games at home, where they are 6-2. ... New York
reliever Kyle Farnsworth struck out two in a perfect eighth.