Giambi belts two of Yankees' four homers

NEW YORK (AP) -- Thanks to Jason Giambi and Hideki Matsui, the
runs came as fast as the rain for the New York Yankees.

Giambi hit a pair of two-run homers and Matsui had four RBIs as
the Yankees roughed up the St. Louis Cardinals 13-4 on a damp

Ruben Sierra and Raul Mondesi also homered as the Yankees won
their third in a row since manager Joe Torre called a team meeting
after New York was no-hit by a record six Houston pitchers.

"When you're on the bench, you can feel a lot more
electricity,'' Torre said.

With rain already falling and winds swirling as a storm
approached, Matsui got the big hit in the first inning. His
three-run double with two outs made it 3-0, and a pitch later the
umpires called for the tarp. A delay of 1 hour, 27 minutes

"We didn't slow down after the rain,'' Giambi said.

Giambi homered in the second inning and Matsui hit an RBI single
for an 8-2 lead. Giambi's homer made it 10-2 in the third and the
recently acquired Sierra homered for the second straight day in the

Along with his two homers, Giambi singled and walked twice. He
began the day with one homer at Yankee Stadium all season. Giambi
has three multihomer games this year and 22 in his career.

"You know it's just a matter of time,'' Torre said.

Bothered by an eye infection, Giambi was hitting below .200
recently. But the former AL MVP has reached base in 22 straight
games and raised his average to .240.

"Not having to take the drops anymore, my eyes have cleared
up,'' he said.

A day after Roger Clemens earned his 300th career victory and
got his 4,000th strikeout, the Yankees won with hitting. New York
built an 11-2 lead after four innings, and that let Andy Pettitte
(6-6) coast.

Former Yankees star Tino Martinez did the only damage for the
Cardinals, twice hitting two-run homers and drawing a big cheer
from the crowd of 55,174 each time.

"You play hard for them and win, they appreciate it and
remember it,'' Martinez said.

Matt Morris (7-4) leads the NL with four complete games, but the
New York bats and the bad weather combined to chase him after just
two outs.

Morris, who felt tightness behind his shoulder after his last
start, did not return following the delay. He said manager Tony La
Russa made the right call in pulling him, but Morris was
disappointed -- he grew up in nearby Middletown, N.Y.

"I was lobbying for this start anyway, and the rain made it
difficult,'' he said.

Instead, La Russa called on Brett Tomko, who was scheduled to
start Monday at Milwaukee.

Tomko gave up an RBI single to Sierra in the first and basically
took one for the team, absorbing a nine-run, 12-hit pounding over 5
1/3 innings. All four Yankees homers came against him.

La Russa praised Tomko for staying out there, calling him "our

Pettitte was pulled after seven innings. He gave up two runs and
five hits, striking out eight and walking one.

He had won only once in his previous seven starts and was tagged
for six runs in 1 2/3 innings last Sunday night at Wrigley Field.

"I felt strong to start with,'' said Pettitte, who threw into a
net in the clubhouse during the delay.

Game notes
Despite losing two straight days in the Bronx, the
Cardinals are 9-8 at Yankee Stadium. That includes five World
Series. ... Former Yankees C Joe Girardi got a big ovation when he
entered in the sixth inning for St. Louis. His picture was flashed
on the scoreboard and he waved to the fans. ... Matsui tied a
season high with four RBIs. ... The Cardinals gave up 13 runs for
the second time in four days. They lost 13-1 at Boston on