Perhaps getting no-hit for the first time in 45 years was the wake-up call the New York Yankees needed.
New York looks to resume its offensive resurgence and complete a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a three-game interleague series at Yankee Stadium.
Jason Giambi hit a pair of two-run homers and Hideki Matsui had four RBIs as the Yankees roughed up the Cardinals 13-4 on Saturday. New York took the series opener 5-2 as Roger Clemens posted his 300th career win.
Ruben Sierra and Raul Mondesi also homered as the Yankees won their third in a row since manager Joe Torre called a team meeting after New York was no-hit by a record six Houston pitchers Wednesday. It was the first time the Yankees failed to get a hit since September 1958.
“When you’re on the bench, you can feel a lot more electricity,” Torre said after Saturday’s win.
Along with his two homers, Giambi singled and walked twice. The former AL MVP, who entered Saturday with one homer at Yankee Stadium this season, has three multi-homer games this year and 22 in his career.
“You know it’s just a matter of time,” Torre said.
Bothered by an eye infection, Giambi was hitting below .200 before reaching base in 22 straight games to boost his average to .240.
Former Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez did the only damage for the Cardinals on Saturday, hitting a pair of two-run homers and drawing a big cheer from the crowd of 55,174 each time.
“You play hard for them and win, they appreciate it and remember it,” Martinez said.
St. Louis fell to 2-3 on its 10-game road trip, which will conclude with a four-game set in Milwaukee next week.
STANDINGS: Cardinals - 3rd place, 2 GB, NL Central. Yankees - 1st place, AL East.
CARDINALS PROBABLE STARTER: Woody Williams (8-1, 2.33 ERA). Williams is coming off his worst start of the season, allowing five runs and 10 hits over 6 2-3 innings in the Cardinals’ 9-7 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday. The right-hander is 5-3 with a 3.62 ERA in 17 career appearances, including seven starts, against the Yankees.
YANKEES PROBABLE STARTER: Mussina (8-4, 3.05 ERA). Mussina ended a career high-tying four-game losing streak in Tuesday’s 5-3 win over the Astros. The veteran right-hander allowed two runs and eight hits over seven strong innings. Mussina is 4-3 with a 2.53 ERA in eight home starts this season.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Cardinals - Albert Pujols, .386 avg., 54 RBIs and 55 runs; Jim Edmonds, 18 HRs; Edgar Renteria, 12 SBs. Yankees - Alfonso Soriano, .290 avg., 18 HRs, 53 runs and 18 SBs.; Jorge Posada, 45 RBIs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Cardinals - 7-4. Yankees - 6-5.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Cardinals - RHP Williams is 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA in six road starts this season. … The Cardinals gave up 13 runs for the second time in four days Saturday. They lost 13-1 at Boston on Wednesday. … Despite losing two straight in the Bronx, the Cardinals are 9-8 all-time at Yankee Stadium. That includes five World Series. Yankees - 1B Giambi is 3-for-10 with a homer and two RBIs in his career against RHP Williams. … RHP Mussina has allowed six home runs in his last three starts. … 3B Robin Ventura is hitting .353 (6-for-17) in his career against RHP Williams.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Cardinals - 13-19 on the road; Yankees - 17-16 at home.
INJURIES: Cardinals - C Steve Torrealba (elbow), 15-day DL; C Chris Widger (thumb), 15-day DL; 2B Fernando Vina (hamstring), 15-day DL; OF Eli Marrero (ankle), 15-day DL; LHP Lance Painter (pelvis), 15-day DL; RHP Russ Springer (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Chris Carpenter (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Gene Stechschulte (shoulder), 60-day DL. Yankees - 1B Nick Johnson (hand), 15-day DL; OF Bernie Williams (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Jose Contreras (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Steve Karsay (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Jon Lieber (elbow), 60-day DL.