Yankees Lose Heartbreaker To Reds In Ninth

Juan Castro's game-winning single skipped right by a diving Jason Giambi and down the first base line to give the Reds yet another walk-off hit. Castro's single brought home Jason LaRue to give Cincinnati a 4-3 win and the early advantage in their three-game series against the Yankees.

Andy Pettitte pitched well for the second straight start, but some sloppy baseball cost him and the Yankees the game. With a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning, Pettitte gave up a one-out walk to Adam Dunn. Dunn advanced to second on Ken Griffey Jr's single, and then Pettitte fell apart. The lefty threw a wild pitch to move the runners over to second and third, then threw another wild pitch that allowed Dunn to score.

Austin Kearns hit a little nubber toward third, which Pettitte fielded and threw to first. But the ball bounced off of Kearns' helmet and rolled away for an error, allowing Griffey to score and tie the game.

The Yankees took advantage of wildness to score their runs as well. After Jason Giambi led off the second inning with a solo homerun, the Yanks tacked on two more in the sixth against Jimmy Haynes.

Haynes opened the inning by walking Jorge Posada and Giambi, then allowing an RBI single to Raul Mondesi. Juan Rivera was intentionally walked to load the bases for Pettitte, who promptly dumped a single over the shortstop's head to score another run and put the Yankees temporarily up 3-1.

Pettitte and Haynes both left the game in the hands of their respective bullpens, and on this night, Cincinnati's was just a bit better. Gabe White came on in the seventh and retired his three batters. Then Chris Reitsma (4-2) brought his tough changeup with him to start the eighth. Reitsma pitched two perfect innings of relief and was credited with the win when his club pulled it out in the bottom of the ninth.

Antonio Osuna allowed a one-out double off the wall in left-centerfield to Jason LaRue. LaRue's shot missed being a homerun by about two feet, but it wouldn't matter. After Felipe Lopez struck out swinging, Castro knocked in LaRue to end the game.

Before the game, George Steinbrenner announced that he was naming shortstop Derek Jeter captain of the Yankees. The Yankees haven't had a captain since Don Mattingly retired in 1995. In his first game at the helm Jeter went 1-5 with a single, extending his hitting streak to a season-high ten games.

The second game of the three-game series is on Wednesday at 7:10 pm. Mike Mussina (7-3, 2.62) will take the mound for the Yankees as he tries to even the series at one game apiece. Paul Wilson (2-4, 4.80) will try to win the series for the Reds.

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