BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- A day after being no-hit for the first time in nearly 45 years, the
New York Yankees
pulled off a rare come-from-behind victory.
singled home the tying run in the seventh inning and
singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth as the Yankees rallied for a 6-5 victory over the
in the rubber game of their three-game interleague series.
The Yankees were 0-20 when trailing after six innings this season before erasing a 5-3 deficit. Two of the runs came off the Houston bullpen, which figured mightily in the Astros' no-hitter on Wednesday.
went down with a strained groin, five relievers shut down New York, marking the first time the Yankees have been hitless in a game since September 20, 1958, a stretch of 6,980 games - the longest in major league history.
"It's so easy after a game like we had last night to fall behind and say 'uh-oh,'" said Yankees manager Jor Torre. "We needed this in light of what happened last night. We certainly played better mentally today, had better at-bats all around."
delivered a two-out, RBI single off Saarloos in the sixth inning to pull the Yankees within 5-4.
doubled off Lidge in the seventh and scored on Mondesi's two-out single up the middle, tying the game at 5-5.
"They have a great lineup. You're not going to shut them down two days in a row," Lidge said.
The Yankees took advantage of an error in the eighth inning and scored an unearned run off Dotel (5-2).
, who was celebrating his 29th birthday, led off with a slow roller to the right side which grazed off the side of first base and went off the glove of
, who was charged with an error.
"Matsui hit an easy ground ball there and never stopped running and that hustle paid off," Torre said.
"That's baseball," Dotel said. "Sometimes you're going to get tough breaks like that. I'm just mad that we lost this game."
Matsui raced to third on a single by pinch hitter
and Dotel walked pinch hitter
to load the bases. After Rivera popped out to second, Soriano singled to right to score Matsui.
"Over the last two weeks, I think I've opened my left shoulder too much," Soriano said. "Today, I tried to stay closed in my stance and hit the ball to right field instead of trying to pull everything. I made that mistake yesterday but not today."
Meanwhile, New York's maligned bullpen combined for three scoreless innings.
(2-2) pitched the seventh and eighth and
worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.
"Tony gave us a big two innings," Torre said. "He mixed his pitches well and had a his changeup working. He's been good for us."
"He (Wells) kind of ran out of gas in the sixth," Yankees catcher
said. "The only pitch I would take back is the hanging curve to Everett."
Houston scored its first two runs in the first inning.
led off with a double and
walked. After Bagwell popped out to second, Biggio and Ensberg executed a double steal. Biggio scored on a single by Kent and Ensberg alertly came home on a lapse by Matsui in center.
With Ensberg on third, Hidalgo hit a shallow fly to Matsui, who carelessly lobbed the ball to shortstop
after making the catch. Ensberg raced home and scored without a throw, bringing boos from the crowd of 39,888.
The Yankees responded with a run in the bottom of the first inning. After Soriano walked, Jeter made New York's first hit a bunt single to third. Soriano advanced to third on a fielder's choice grounder by Giambi and scored on
's sacrifice fly.
New York took the lead for the first time with two runs in the fourth off
. Mondesi led off the inning with a grounds-rule double and scored on a single by Matsui, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Matsui went to third on a single by
and came home on a sacrifice fly by
"I'm just concentrating more on trying to swing through the ball," said Matsui through an interpreter. "I'm glad I'm having more success."