|Derek Jeter's talk with umpire Brian Runge after he was called out on strikes in the third was to no avail. (BILL KOSTROUN/Associated Press)|
Edinson Volquez pitched seven sharp innings in Cincinnati's first game at Yankee Stadium in 32 years, and the Reds beat Mike Mussina and New York, 4-2, last night to end a five-game skid.
Jolbert Cabrera had four hits before departing with a dislocated finger and Joey Votto homered for Cincinnati, which snapped New York's seven-game winning streak. Ken Griffey Jr. added an RBI single in his first game in the Bronx since 1999.
Mussina (10-5) allowed four runs and 10 hits in eight innings, dropping to 0-2 in two career starts against Cincinnati. It was his first loss since he recorded just two outs against Baltimore May 20.
New York hosted Cincinnati for the first time since the Reds won, 7-2, Oct. 21, 1976, to complete a four-game World Series sweep - the third and last time the Yankees were swept in the Fall Classic. Griffey's father scored the winning run in the ninth inning of the Reds' 4-3 win in Game 2. The two franchises have met in the World Series three times, with the Yankees winning in four games in 1939 and five games in 1961.
Griffey grounded an RBI single into right field to finish Cincinnati's three-run fifth against Mussina, who was 9-1 with a 3.25 ERA in his previous 11 starts.
Johnny Damon had a broken-bat RBI single in the third and Robinson Cano's single drove in another run in the seventh but that was it against Volquez (10-2), who entered leading the majors with a 1.64 ERA and 105 strikeouts.
Pirates 1, Blue Jays 0 - Shortstop John McDonald misplayed Jason Michaels's hard-hit grounder with the bases loaded and none out for a game-ending error in the 12th inning, and host Pittsburgh ruined Cito Gaston's return as Toronto manager.
Jays starter Roy Halladay got a big scare while pitching seven shutout innings. Halladay was struck on the right temple by a Nyjer Morgan ball up the middle to end the seventh, but apparently was not injured and is expected to make his next start.
Pittsburgh loaded the bases in the seventh on singles by Adam LaRoche and Doug Mientkiewicz and an intentional walk, but Halladay threw his glove up to partly deflect the ball hit by Morgan to third baseman Scott Rolen for the inning-ending out.
Mariners 10, Braves 2 - Jose Lopez drove in four runs with three hits, including a three-run double in the eighth, and visiting Seattle enjoyed one of its best offensive games of the year to make Jim Riggleman a winner in his first game as Mariners manager.
Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-1) didn't allow a hit and walked one in 1 2/3 scoreless innings as the second reliever behind Erik Bedard. Bedard left with back spasms in his right side after three scoreless innings, giving up only two hits.
Astros 4, Rays 3 - Roy Oswalt (6-7) gave up two runs and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings, Carlos Lee had a two-run double, and Houston snapped an eight-game losing streak with a win in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Eric Hinske drove in two runs for Tampa Bay, which lost for just the fifth time in its last 30 home games. Tampa Bay righthander Matt Garza (5-4) lost for the first time in five decisions at home this season.
Mets 7, Rockies 2 - Trot Nixon hit his first homer in a Mets uniform, a solo shot in the third, and made a sliding catch in the fourth on Willy Taveras's two-out sinking liner to save two runs, lifting visiting New York over Colorado.
Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer as part of a five-run second and John Maine composed himself after a shaky first.
Twins 7, Diamondbacks 2 - Scott Baker won for the first time in more than two months, Craig Monroe homered, and host Minnesota beat Randy Johnson and Arizona.
The Big Unit (4-5) hasn't won since May 18 and remains stuck at 288 career wins, tied with Tommy John for 24th in baseball history.
Padres 6, Tigers 2 - Adrian Gonzalez drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning and host San Diego beat Detroit to snap a four-game losing streak.
Angels 7, Phillies 1 - Ervin Santana struck out nine in seven impressive innings and Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run homer, lifting visiting Los Angeles past Philadelphia.
Orioles 8, Brewers 5 - Aubrey Huff went 4 for 5 with two homers, and visiting Baltimore's bullpen pitched seven scoreless innings in beating Milwaukee.
A's 7, Marlins 6 - Kurt Suzuki drove in the winning run with a double in the 11th inning and host Oakland withstood four home runs to outlast Florida.
Nationals 4, Rangers 3 - Elijah Dukes drove in the winning run with two outs in the 14th inning with his fifth hit, giving host Washington a win over Texas.
Giants 9, Royals 4 - Ray Durham had three hits, including a bases-clearing double in a four-run sixth, and visiting San Francisco rallied to snap Kansas City's five-game winning streak.