Giambi's 3 RBI Drive Yankees Past Cubs

The first meeting between the Yankees and Cubs since 1938 was much of the same. In the '38 World Series New York swept Chicago, and the Yankees picked up right where they left off by beating the Cubs 5-3 on Friday. Jason Giambi homered and drove in three runs behind David Wells (8-2), who picked up his eighth win of the season.

The game finally began after an 85-minute rain delay, and the Yankees came out swinging. After Derek Jeter reached on a one-out walk, Giambi launched his fourteenth homerun of the season to left centerfield off of Carlos Zambrano (5-5). The blast put the Bombers up 2-0, and they never looked back.

The Yanks put three more runs on the board in the third inning. Giambi drove home Alfonso Soriano with a sacrifice fly. After Derek Jeter emptied the bases by getting caught stealing, the Yankees just reloaded them. Robin Ventura walked, Raul Mondesi doubled and Hideki Matsui was intentionally walked to bring up Juan Rivera. Rivera knocked a single to center, plating two runs and giving New York a 5-0 lead.

Zambrano decided to give himself some help by reaching base on an infield single. Two pitches later, Ramon Martinez launched a homerun to left field cutting the Yankees' lead to three runs.

Corey Patterson added a homerun off of Wells in the eighth inning to chase the Boomer from the game, but by then the game was out of reach.

Wells lasted 7 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits for three runs while striking out four. For the third consecutive start, Wells did not allow a walk. In the fourth inning, the portly lefty showed off his "skill" with the bat, legging out a double to deep centerfield. It was Wells' first hit since 2000 when he was a member of the Blue Jays.

Zambrano pitched six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walks. He also struck out five while taking the loss. The Cubs bullpen corps of Mark Guthrie, Antonio Alfonseca, Kyle Farnsworth and Mike Remlinger combined on three innings of hitless relief.

Mariano Rivera entered the game in the ninth to nail down his fifth save of the season. Still shaking off some rust, Rivera allowed a couple of hits before striking out Hee Seop Choi with runners on second and third to end the game.

Sammy Sosa, appealing his eight-game suspension for corking his bat, played in the game and went 1-4 with a single and two strikeouts.

The second game of the three-game series will be on Saturday at 1:15 pm. Roger Clemens (6-3, 3.89) will look to win career victory number 300, against his only mate in the 20-strikeout club, Kerry Wood (4-4, 3.14).

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