is batting .204 - and making his hits count.
Rodriguez hit a tying homer off
in the ninth inning and
capped the three-run rally with an RBI single, giving the
New York Yankees
a 5-4 victory over the
In 15 games since returning from hip surgery, Rodriguez has 10 hits. Seven are home runs, however, and the Yankees are 12-3
during that span.
''Right now, I'm probably the happiest .200 hitter in baseball,'' Rodriguez said.
John Mayberry Jr. hit a three-run homer in his major league debut and
also connected, helping the Phillies build a 4-2 lead for new starter J.A. Happ.
Lidge (0-2) came on in the ninth and immediately got in trouble.
drew a leadoff walk and stole second. After
struck out, Rodriguez smacked a full-count pitch over the short porch in right.
''We went fastball away after throwing six sliders in a row,'' Lidge said. ''It was pretty impressive that he was able to
do what he did. We didn't expect him to hit it.''
followed with a single, stole second and scored without a play on Cabrera's single to right-center.
It was the third game-ending hit of the year for Cabrera, who has won back his center-field job after losing it last season.
''He's doing great,'' Cano said. ''Last year he was really down, but he has worked hard to bring himself back.''
Cabrera raised his arms as he rounded first and dashed with glee all the way across the diamond as jubilant teammates chased
him down to celebrate.
The Yankees have won 10 of 11 and are making a habit of these walk-off victories. They had three straight against Minnesota
last weekend, and capped this one the same way: pitcher A.J. Burnett pelted Cano and Cabrera with a pie in the face as they
waited to do an on-field interview - even getting some whipped cream on radio broadcaster Suzyn Waldman.
For Rodriguez, it was his sixth homer in eight games and No. 560 of his career, three shy of Hall of Famer
for 11th place.
''We had the last punch,'' Rodriguez said. ''We're at home and we feel very comfortable.''
Like Rodriguez, Yankees captain
homered for the second straight day.
Lidge, who converted all 48 save chances in 2008 - including the postseason - during his first year in Philadelphia, has blown
three of 11 opportunities this season. His ERA climbed to 9.16.
''His stuff's good and his breaking ball's good. Give them credit. He made some pitches and they hit 'em,'' Phillies manager
(3-1) got one out in the ninth for the win.
The series finale is Sunday, with World Series MVP
on the mound against New York's CC Sabathia in a marquee matchup of ace left-handers.
In his second career at-bat, Mayberry lined a rocket to left field against
in the fifth to snap a 1-all tie. Smiling in the stands and wearing a Phillies cap was Mayberry's father, John, a two-time
All-Star who hit 255 homers in 15 big league seasons.
In a neat twist, Mayberry Sr.'s final home run came for New York at the old Yankee Stadium on Aug. 8, 1982, against Texas.
It also was a three-run shot, off lefty
''I didn't know that,'' said Mayberry Jr., who planned to have dinner with his dad after the game. ''It's kind of cool.''
After this homer, the Phillies had some fun with the younger Mayberry, giving him the silent treatment in the dugout for a
moment. He cracked a big smile, and they finally jumped off the bench to congratulate him.
''It was incredibly exciting - more than I ever imagined,'' Mayberry Jr. said. ''You can't draw it up any better than this.''
The homer led to some confusion on television for Fox, however. The network thought it had a shot showing Mayberry Sr. cheering
in the stands, but it turned out to be some other Phillies fan.
Fox acknowledged its gaffe on the air, then later found Mayberry's dad.
Notes: Ibanez's 17th home run broke a tie with San Diego's
for the major league lead. ... The Phillies fell to 15-6 away from home and 7-2 on this 10-game trip. ... There have been
86 homers at the new Yankee Stadium, a record for the first 22 games at a major league ballpark, according to the Elias Sports