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Giambi cranks 16th homer, Yanks send four out

6/5/2002

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles made a small mistake.
Jason Giambi and the New York Yankees took advantage.

First baseman Jeff Conine failed to convert a potential double
play in the sixth inning, and Giambi hit a three-run homer as the
Yankees scored eight runs with two outs in a 13-5 victory over the
Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

"I had an easy double play to turn and I didn't turn it,'' said
Conine, who fielded Alberto Castillo's one-out grounder with Shane
Spencer on first base.

Conine's poor throw was in time to get Spencer, but when Orioles
shortstop Mike Bordick returned the throw, Conine wasn't on the
base.

"I was surprised, for one thing, that Bordick came up wiith the
throw. I didn't know where the bag was,'' Conine said.

Alfonso Soriano's single and a walk to Nick Johnson loaded the
bases, and Derek Jeter drove a two-run single through the middle to
put the Yankees ahead 6-5.

"Knowing you should be in the dugout with a 5-4 lead, rather
than watching them run around the bases, is not a good feeling,''
Conine said.

Before it was over, Giambi hit a three-run homer, Robin Ventura
hit a two-run drive and Rondell White completed the scoring with a
solo shot.

"The biggest thing we did tonight was take advantage when we
did get that extra out,'' said Giambi, who drove in five runs.

Giambi hit a two-run double in the first and added his 16th home
run in the sixth. Soriano also homered, a solo shot in the seventh,
for the Yankees, who lead the majors with 96 homers in 59 games.

Jeter's single knocked out Orioles starter Scott Erickson (3-6).

Giambi greeted B.J. Ryan by hitting his 11th homer in the past
30 games. After Bernie Williams singled, Ventura hit his 14th home
run of the season to chase Ryan. White followed with his seventh
homer, off Calvin Maduro.

Soriano added his 15th in the seventh.

Ramiro Mendoza (3-2) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win.

Mike Thurman, making his second start for the Yankees, was
staked to a 4-0 lead in the first two innings but failed to get
through the fifth, when the Orioles scored four runs to take a 5-4
lead.

Giambi's two-run double in the first and Alberto Castillo's
two-run double in the second gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

Baltimore scored on a throwing error by Ventura at third base in
the third and went ahead 5-4 with a four-run fifth.

Jeff Conine hit a two-run double to finish Thurman. Jay Gibbons'
RBI double and Marty Cordova's sacrifice fly off Mendoza gave the
Orioles the lead.

Thurman allowed four runs, seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3
innings.

Erickson gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- and 10 hits in 5
2/3 innings.

Game notes
Geronimo Gil threw out Jeter attempting to steal in the
fifth inning, the first caught stealing for Jeter after 12
successful attempts. ... Castillo has hits in each of his last four
games after starting the season 0-for-14. ... Baltimore's Brian
Roberts matched his career high with three hits. ... The Yankees'
eight-run inning matched their high for the season (April 8 at
Toronto in the sixth), and the three homers in that inning gave
them their third three-homer inning of the season.