Andy Pettitte, who outpitched Sir Sidney Ponson, by giving the Yankeesseven innings in which he permitted just three hits and a run. And,with the right-handed bat of Guillen absent, the heart of the lineup –lefties all in David DeJesus, Mark Teahen and Alex Gordon — went acollective 0-for-9 against Pettitte.
The only run off Pettitte came in the second inning when, after atwo-out walk to Billy Butler, Mike Jacobs lofted a pop fly that rightfielder Nick Swisher couldn’t handle as he rushed toward the infield.Jacobs was given a double and an RBI, but Pettitte could just as easilyhave had a shutout.
Johnny Damon singled and Mark Teixeira walked.Hideki Matsui’s hopper glanced off Ponson’s hand, the ball rolled away and Matsui was thrown out as the runners moved up.Jorge Posada’s hot one-hopper zipped through Mike Jacobs and two runs werehome. The ball was smashed at the new first baseman, but it wasscored a single.
The Yankees got a single by Cano, who scored on Swisher’s double intothe left-center gap. Aviles fielded Cody Ransom’s grounder and tried tonail Swisher retreating to second base but his throw was high to alate-arriving Alberto Callaspo. Swisher was safe, he moved up on a buntand scored on a fielder’s choice for a 4-1 lead.