06/14/2003 7:43 PM ET
Pettitte shines in win over Cardinals
Giambi hits two homers; Matsui drive in four runs
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
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NEW YORK -- After the excitement of Friday night's game, which saw Roger Clemens reach career win No. 300, it would have been easy for the Yankees to come back to earth on Saturday. Instead, New York pounced on St. Louis pitchers for a baker's dozen, handing the Cardinals a 13-4 loss at Yankee Stadium.
"After last night, how high everybody was, to come out and have the game we had today was important," said manager Joe Torre. "It was a good day all around."
Jason Giambi led the way with two home runs and four RBIs, while Hideki Matsui tied a career high with four RBIs of his own, as the Yankees pounded out 15 hits against the Cardinals, winning their third consecutive game.
"We win a game and lose a game, every once in a while, we'll win two in a row, but we haven't had that good feeling that we were going to continue to win," Torre said. "The only way to do that is to put a streak together, so, hopefully, this is the start of it."
Andy Pettitte survived the rain delay to throw seven solid innings, allowing two runs to even his record at 6-6.
"I was tired," Pettitte said. "I was thankful that we had such a big lead and there wasn't that much pressure on me. The runs really helped me pitch deep into the game."
Cardinals starter Matt Morris was ineffective in the first inning, loading the bases with one out on a single and two walks. Morris got Robin Ventura to pop out to third base, but Matsui emptied the bases with one swing, drilling a double to left field, giving New York a 3-0 lead.
"Matsui got us off on the right track," Torre said. "He's so comfortable and so patient, so even when you get two strikes, you don't see any anxiety from him."
With a steady rain falling on the stadium, home plate umpire Chris Guccione halted play. The rain delay lasted 1:27, as play resumed shortly after 5:00 p.m.
Morris (7-4), who threw 33 pitches before the delay, did not come back out when the game started. Brett Tomko relieved Morris, allowing an RBI single by Ruben Sierra, scoring Matsui to give New York a 4-0 lead after one inning.
Pettitte returned the mound after the delay, as the Cardinals cut the lead in half in the second on a two-run home run by former Yankee Tino Martinez, a shot that brought the home crowd to its feet.
"It was weird, having played here so many years with him," Pettitte said. "I threw a cutter, and it just stayed right there for him. Tino was a big part of our family here for a long time."
But the Yankees didn't allow St. Louis to keep the momentum for long, putting up another four-spot in the bottom of the second, highlighted by Giambi's two-run homer to right field.
Giambi bashed his second two-run homer of the afternoon in the third, his 17th, putting the Yankees ahead, 10-2. Giambi has three multi-homer games this season, and 22 in his career.
"I'm from California, so I enjoy the hot weather," said Giambi, referring to the 80-degree day. "I like going out there and sweating a little. I'm feeling good at the plate, I'm seeing the ball well. I hit a couple out tonight, so, hopefully, I can keep it going.
"You knew it was just a matter of time. The first home run was good, a fastball up that he got to, but the second one, to the left of center field, that was the most impressive to me."
Ruben Sierra added a solo shot off Tomko in the fourth, while Raul Mondesi drilled a two-run shot of his own, his 13th, in the sixth.
Pettitte, who suffered his shortest outing in three years last Sunday, bounced back with seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits, walking one and striking out eight.
"I felt good to start the game, like my stuff was right where I wanted it to be," Pettitte said. "To come in here and sit for an hour and a half, it was a good game to win. The offense put up a ton of runs and made this game that much easier."
Tomko, who was hit for nine runs in two innings on Wednesday in Boston, allowed nine more runs Saturday in 5 1/3 innings. In his last 30 innings, Tomko has allowed 35 earned runs, a 10.50 ERA.
Martinez added his second two-run home run of the game in the ninth against Jason Anderson, giving his old fans one more chance to cheer for him, as the fans chanted "Tino! Tino!"
"It was nice to get one here, period," Martinez said. "I got one and it felt good, put us back in the game. The second one, the game was out of hand already so it was really no big deal."
"You have to restrain yourself to keep from applauding for him," Torre said. "I'm glad he had a good game, and we did, too."
The Yankees will go for the three-game sweep Sunday, as Mike Mussina takes the mound against Woody Williams.
"This is the first time we've won three in a row in I don't remember how long," Torre said. "We have a little momentum going into tomorrow with Moose pitching for us, so hopefully we can build on it."
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.