Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/26)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 25
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 26
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Game 3: Thursday, April 27
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Devil Rays 4

(9-12, 5-9 away)

Yankees 2

(10-9, 6-2 home)

7:05 PM ET, April 26, 2006

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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W: C. Orvella (1-1)

L: M. Rivera (0-2)

S: S. Camp (2)

Yanks strand 16 runners in wasted effort by Wang

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Yankees did plenty of walking -- just not enough hitting.

Carl Crawford delivered a tiebreaking double off Mariano Rivera in the 10th inning and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat New York 4-2 Wednesday night despite setting a team record by walking 14 batters.

"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 it."

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 save.

"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 hits.

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 said.

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 the year.

"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 mistakes."

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 three weeks.

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.

Sheffield connected in the fifth off starter Seth McClung, tying Frank Thomas for 27th place on baseball's career list with 453 homers.

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."

Game notes


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.

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