Pettitte Wins Sixth Straight Start

Raul Mondesi took a bases-loaded walk to score the go-ahead run off of Scott Service in the seventh inning, and the Yankees went on to beat the Blue Jays by a final score of 8-5. Andy Pettitte didn't have his best stuff, but earned his sixth consecutive victory anyway and Jason Giambi homered to give the Yanks the first game of the three-game series.

With the bases loaded and nobody out in the seventh, Toronto called on Service to get them out of the jam. After striking out pinch hitter Ruben Sierra, Service walked Mondesi to give New York a 6-5 lead. Enrique Wilson followed the walk with an RBI single to right that scored Hideki Matsui, but Jorge Posada was thrown out at home for the second out. Service escaped without further damage, but the Blue Jays wouldn't be able to get back in the game.

The Jays were lucky they were in the game at all though. Starter John Wasdin couldn't retire a batter in the second inning and left after allowing five runs.

Toronto got back in the game by scoring a run in each of the first four innings against Pettitte before finally tying the score in the sixth on Shannon Stewart's RBI single. Stewart also opened the scoring for Toronto with his homerun to lead off the first inning.

Giambi added his 24th homerun of the season in the eighth inning to give the Yanks a three-run lead.

Dan Miceli came on to pitch the eighth inning, but left before he could get anyone out when he was hit on the leg by a batted ball. Mariano Rivera was called on to get the two-inning save, which he did by pitching a perfect eighth and ninth innings. The save was his sixteenth.

Pettitte (11-6) pitched seven innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and three runs while striking out five. Trever Miller (1-1) was charged with the loss in relief. He pitched just 1/3 of an inning and allowed two runs on two hits and a walk.

Carlos Delgado picked up his major-league leading 95th RBI with a single in the third inning.

The second game of the series will be on Saturday at 4:05 pm. Mike Mussina (10-5, 3.14) will take the hill for the Yankees. Toronto will send their ace, Roy Halladay (12-2, 3.48), out to start. Halladay is looking for his thirteenth straight victory.

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