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Jays beat Yankees for first time this season

4/17/2003

NEW YORK -- After playing the New York Yankees six times
already this season, the Toronto Blue Jays know how difficult it is
to beat them.

Carlos Delgado hit a three-run homer and Dave Berg's RBI double
broke a sixth-inning tie as Toronto snapped a six-game losing
streak Wednesday night with a 7-6 victory over the Yankees.

"We feel pretty good about the win, especially anytime you win
against these guys,'' Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said.

Toronto starter Cory Lidle (2-2) blew a 5-0 lead in the fifth,
but the Blue Jays bounced back to beat New York for the first time
in six meetings this year.

David Wells, who pitched a three-hit shutout against Minnesota
in his last start and entered with a 0.53 ERA, gave up 11 hits and
five runs in five innings.

The Blue Jays took a 6-5 lead in the sixth on Berg's RBI double
off little-used reliever Sterling Hitchcock (0-1).

"Tonight was just a matter of doing too much and giving a good
impression,'' Hitchcock said. "It was more a matter of trying to
get comfortable. My stuff was there, just a matter of locating.''

Hitchcock was making just his second appearance of the season.

"He hasn't had a lot of work, so it's unfair to judge him at
this time,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

Wells did not walk a batter and struck out seven.

"He had a good warmup but just wasn't very good,'' Torre said.
"He was frustrated. He threw the ball hard but wasn't very
consistent.''

Tom Wilson added a solo homer in the ninth for the Blue Jays.

Kelvim Escobar got three outs for his second save, allowing a
leadoff homer to Alfonso Soriano in the ninth before striking out
Jorge Posada _ who went 0-for 5 _ with runners at the corners to
end it.

"A five-run lead in the American League is not a big lead,
unlike the National League. You're always prepared for those
things,'' Tosca said.

The Blue Jays got to Wells in the fourth, ending his scoreless
streak at 19 innings. Josh Phelps led off with a single and Wilson
doubled off the right-center field wall. Wilson overran second,
thinking Phelps was about to score, but no one was covering the
bag.

Eric Hinske followed with an RBI grounder, and Mike Bordick
drove in a run with a two-out bloop single.

Delgado's fifth homer of the season made it 5-0 in the fifth.
Berg started the inning with a leadoff single and Vernon Wells
followed with a double.

The Yankees rallied in the bottom half with six consecutive
hits. Robin Ventura started it with a double, and Raul Mondesi
drove in Ventura with an RBI single.

Erick Almonte followed with a bunt single, Soriano singled to
score Mondesi and Nick Johnson added an RBI single to right.

Berg's errant throw to the plate skipped toward the dugout,
enabling Soriano and Johnson to advance. Jason Giambi, who came in
batting just .200 with three home runs and five RBI, hit a two-run
double to tie it.

"The positive part was that we kept coming back,'' Giambi said.
"We had our chances. We had a couple of guys on at third but we
didn't get them in.''

Game notes
Yankees starters remained 9-0 this year. ... Lidle lasted
only five innings. He allowed five runs and seven hits. ... The
Yankees put runners on second and third in the sixth with none out,
but left-hander Trever Miller struck out Johnson to end the threat.
... Vernon Wells had a pair of singles and a double. He is 6-for-12
on the road trip. ... Lidle retired seven in a row before giving up
six straight hits in the five-run fifth inning.