Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

NY Yankees leads 2-1 (as of 5/17)

Game 1: Monday, May 15
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Game 2: Tuesday, May 16
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Game 3: Wednesday, May 17
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Game 4: Thursday, May 18
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Rangers 3

(20-19, 11-7 away)

Yankees 4

(23-15, 14-7 home)

7:05 PM ET, May 17, 2006

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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W: C. Wang (4-1)

L: K. Loe (2-4)

S: M. Rivera (8)

Posada stays hot, drives in two more as Yanks nip Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jorge Posada had plenty left after an exhausting performance the night before.

Posada followed up a memorable game with two more RBI and Chien-Ming Wang pitched New York past the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Wednesday night. Robinson Cano and Bernie Williams each added a run-scoring single for the Yankees, who were coming off a stunning comeback Tuesday night.

New York rallied from 9-0 down behind Posada, who hit a game-winning two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and withstood a violent collision at the plate in a 14-13 victory -- matching the biggest comeback in franchise history.

"It has to do something for your confidence, especially following it up with a game like tonight," manager Joe Torre said.

Posada singled twice Wednesday and reached base safely in all four plate appearances. The All-Star catcher has seven RBI in the past two games.

"I slept real well last night. It helps out," he said. "Right now it just feels good. I feel comfortable."

Wang (4-1) tossed eight efficient innings again to win his third straight start, allowing six hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Featuring a sharp sinker, he threw only 81 pitches and got 17 of his 24 outs on grounders.

"His pitch count is remarkable," Torre said.

Gary Matthews Jr. hit a two-run homer in the eighth for Texas, cutting it to 4-3. Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

The Yankees broke a 1-all tie with five consecutive two-out hits off Kameron Loe (2-4) in a three-run fifth and beat the Rangers for the 10th time in 11 meetings dating to last season.

"It's tough to lose like that. I didn't think they hit me very hard. They just found holes at opportune times," Loe said. "I felt like I was making my pitches. I felt like I was in control. Maybe my pitch selection could have been better."

Wang beat Oakland 2-0 last Friday night (getting 20 outs on grounders) and went 15 innings without allowing an earned run before Matthews hit his third homer of the season.

"Everything is working," Wang said.

The right-hander also defeated the Rangers 8-5 in Texas on May 7 and hasn't lost in five starts since April 21 against Baltimore.

"He just keeps getting groundballs. He doesn't get rattled by the things that are happening behind him," said Posada, scheduled for a day off Thursday afternoon.

"Hopefully, the guys can give me a little breather," he said.

Loe was coming off his first career complete game, a 6-0 victory in Boston that was shortened to 5½ innings because of rain. He gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings this time.

Kevin Mench had an RBI single for the Rangers in a game that took just 2 hours, 34 minutes, after Tuesday night's game lasted 3:49.

New York made three errors, two by Cano at second base. Wang joked with him in the dugout afterward.

"What happened?" Wang said.

Posada got a standing ovation before his first at-bat in the first and looped a two-out RBI single to left, scoring Derek Jeter.

Wang escaped a first-and-third, none-out jam in the third when Matthews lined out to third and Michael Young grounded into a 1-4-3 double play. Wang pumped his fist as he walked off the mound.

"I was trying to drive in a run on the first pitch. I should have had a more disciplined at-bat. That's one of the adjustments I have to make," Young said. "When we had our chances, we didn't have our best at-bats."

Cano's first error led to Mench's tying RBI single in the fourth.

Jason Giambi, who sat out Tuesday night with a stiff neck, doubled with two outs in the fifth and scored on Posada's single. Cano and Williams followed with RBI singles for a 4-1 lead.

"If I can't do it with my glove, I want to do it with my bat," Cano said.

Game notes


Yankees right-hander Carl Pavano left his rehabilitation start for Double-A Trenton against Portland after one inning because of tightness in his right triceps. He was to be evaluated Thursday at Yankee Stadium by team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon. ... Texas reliever Antonio Alfonseca was unavailable because of soreness just above his right elbow. If he doesn't feel better Thursday, he could be put on the disabled list. He hasn't pitched since May 9. ... Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock went 0-for-4, ending his 11-game hitting streak. ... The Yankees have made 15 errors in the past 10 games after committing 10 in their first 28 games.

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