Series: Game 1 of 4

NY Yankees leads 1-0 (as of 9/12)

Game 1: Friday, September 12
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NY Yankees10
Game 2: Saturday, September 13
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Game 3: Saturday, September 13
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Game 4: Sunday, September 14
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Devil Rays 4

(58-87, 24-46 away)

Yankees 10

(90-56, 45-30 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 12, 2003

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

    R H E
    TB - -
    NYY - -

    W: D. Wells (14-6)

    L: V. Zambrano (10-9)

    New York 10, Tampa Bay 4

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Jason Giambi and Aaron Boone tinkered with their batting stances. Yankees manager Joe Torre thought they looked more relaxed at the plate.

    No matter how you analyze it, Giambi and Boone emerged from long slumps in a big way Friday night, leading New York over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-4 for its sixth straight win.

    Giambi had four hits and a homer, and Boone hit a three-run shot and had his first three-hit game since July 27 with Cincinnati as the Yankees got 17 hits.

    "His body is quieter. He doesn't seem to be swinging as hard," Torre said. "I think Jason just had trouble getting through this thing. Tonight he looked a lot more relaxed, a lot more comfortable."

    Giambi had just four hits in 49 at-bats, including a career-worst 0-for-25 skid, before breaking out for his second four-hit game of the season Friday. His 37th homer, a high fly that barely cleared the wall in right during the fifth inning, was just his third since Aug. 23.

    "I tinkered with my stance a bit -- for my knee; spread out a bit more, tried to set a bit more and not be so jumpy," Giambi said.

    Boone was hitting just .212 since coming over from the Reds on July 31, but he has eight hits in his last 11 at-bats and thinks the problems are over.

    "I feel like I've identified a flaw in my swing," Boone said. "I think it's been a little bit of a mechanical flaw ... I don't want to start analyzing things."

    Boone homered off Brandon Backe in the seventh, his third with the Yankees. He also hit an RBI double off Victor Zambrano in the second, which tied it 1-all.

    David Wells (14-6) pitched seven innings for his 199th win and improved to 8-1 in his career against the Devil Rays.

    "It's nice to have that kind of run support, but you still have to go out and try to shut these guys down," Wells said

    Wells gave up nine singles and Jonny Gomes' double -- his first major league hit -- and two runs. The left-hander struck out four and walked none.

    He got help from baserunning blunders by Carl Crawford in the fifth and Marlon Anderson in the seventh.

    After hitting a run-scoring single, Crawford was doubled off first on Julio Lugo's liner to left. Crawford was around second when Hideki Matsui caught Lugo's drive and made an easy throw to shortstop Derek Jeter, who made the relay to first.

    With none out, Anderson broke from third on Lugo's grounder to third baseman Boone, who threw home. Anderson was tagged out by catcher Jorge Posada when he tried to return to third.

    New York has won its first five in a stretch of 15 games against losing teams, increasing its AL East lead to four games over Boston after it was cut to 1{ last Saturday.

    "We've really tried to push ourselves not to let down after some big series," Giambi said. "They've got some young talent over there trying to prove themselves in the big leagues so we can't let down."

    Zambrano (10-9) didn't allow a run at Yankee Stadium in 25 2-3 innings (seven appearances) before giving up Boone's run-scoring double with two outs in the second.

    He gave up 11 hits and seven runs in 4 1-3 innings Friday, and it could've been worse if the Yankees didn't run themselves out of two potentially big innings.

    "I tried to use all my pitches but nothing was working," Zambrano said. "I had a lot of trouble today, especially with my slider."

    Matsui was denied his 100th RBI for the second consecutive night on a play at the plate in the second when he singled to center and Giambi was thrown out by 10 feet on a perfect throw by Rocco Baldelli. Giambi ran over Toby Hall, but the catcher held on as he was sent sprawling. Posada was thrown out by Detroit's Craig Monroe on Matsui's single Thursday.

    With none out in the third, Nick Johnson ended up in a rundown between second and third after third-base coach Willie Randolph waited until the last moment to hold up Alfonso Soriano on Jeter's sharp hit to left. Giambi then followed with an RBI single.

    Baldelli had assists on both plays and has 13 this season.

    Game notes

    The teams will play their second day-night doubleheader of the season Saturday. The night game is a makeup of a rainout on June 19. Two days earlier, the teams split two games. ... A scoring change in the Yankees' 5-2 win over Detroit on Thursday gave Posada his second stolen base of the season. Tigers SS Ramon Santiago had been charged with an error. ... Soriano is 13-for-28 lifetime against Zambrano after going 1-for-3 Friday. ... Crawford's RBI single in the fourth extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. He drove in two runs.

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