Cy Yuck: Yankees Pound Zito

The defending American League Cy Young Award winner looked like anything but the best pitcher in the league when the Yankees were through with him. The Yankees connected for eight runs – including two homeruns – against the Athletics' Barry Zito on Saturday, powering them to a 10-7 victory.

Where last night's meeting between these two teams was a thrilling pitcher's duel, Saturday's game turned into a shootout from the very first inning.

The Yankees struck first in the top of the opening frame, scoring a run on Aaron Boone's RBI ground ball. It was Boone's first RBI as a Yankee since he joined the team on Friday.

The A's came right back against the Yankees' Jeff Weaver in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs on Erubiel Durazo's single.

But the Yankees would have none of the A's antics in this game. They scored five times in the second inning on two RBI singles and a long, long, three-run homerun from Jason Giambi. Giambi now has three homeruns in his last six games, and has tied Toronto's Carlos Delgado for the American League lead.

The Yankees chased Zito from the game with a two-run third inning that featured a John Flaherty homerun. Flaherty now has three hits against Zito in his career, all of which are homers.

The defending AL Cy Young winner didn't return for the fourth inning, and ended up taking the loss. His record dropped to just 8-9, the first time he's had a losing record since he opened the 2002 season by going 1-2. He allowed eight runs – just three earned – on eight hits and a pair of walks over his three innings of work. He also struck out just one batter.

Weaver (6-8) wasn't much better for the Yankees, but he settled down after a rough start. He ended up allowing six runs – four earned, thanks to three Yankee errors – on ten hits through 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and fanned five for just his third win in his last 12 starts.

Bernie Williams paced the Yankee offense with a 4/5 performance that included two RBI, two runs scored and his first homerun since May 10 – a solo shot in the seventh to cap the Yankees' scoring. Williams has been batting second for the Yankees during this series, a change from his normal cleanup spot.

Hideki Matsui added a solo homerun in the fifth inning that put the Yankees up 9-4.

Chris Hammond continued his recent struggles, allowing three hits in one-plus innings of work. Mariano Rivera relieved him with no out in the ninth inning and, after allowing a sacrifice fly to Miguel Tejada, got Durazo to ground into a game-ending double play. Rivera earned his 21st save in 24 chances with the outing – he threw just four pitches.

Sunday will feature the rubber match of the series at 4:05 pm Eastern time. It will also feature a great left-handed pitching matchup. Andy Pettitte (13-6, 4.41) will look to build on his eight-game win streak for the Yankees. Mark Mulder (14-7, 3.03) will take the mound for the A's, who are looking to avoid a series loss at home.

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