Originally created 08/04/06

Lidle wins debut

NEW YORK - Cory Lidle pitched six effective innings in his first start with the Yankees and Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer to help New York beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-1 on Thursday, for its fourth win in a row.

Lidle allowed one run and four hits on a steamy afternoon at Yankee Stadium in his first outing since being acquired from the Phillies on Sunday. New York sent four minor league prospects to Philadelphia for Lidle and right fielder Bobby Abreu, who had three hits and is 5-for-13 in three games since joining his new club.

Giambi also hit an RBI double during New York's three-run sixth that made it 8-1. Craig Wilson, acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, added a two-run single.

The Blue Jays lost their season-high fifth in a row and fell 8 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees.


In Boston, Jake Westbrook became the first pitcher in 18 years to win despite allowing 15 hits as Cleveland used Shin-Soo Choo's grand slam to beat Josh Beckett and Boston.

Westbrook, who hung on while giving up the most hits in the majors this season, allowed six runs in eight innings.

John Dopson was the last pitcher to win while allowing 15 hits when he pitched Montreal past Atlanta, 9-2 on July 3, 1988.

Choo, traded from Seattle to the Indians for Ben Broussard on July 26, hit his first career slam. Travis Hafner and Aaron Boone also homered for the Indians, who split the four-game series.

The Red Sox fell one game behind New York in the AL East.


In St. Petersburg, Fla., B.J. Upton had an RBI single in a two-run seventh inning and reliever Seth McClung won for first time since May as Tampa Bay beat Detroit.

Upton, playing his third game since being called up from Triple-A Durham, singled to center to tie the game at 1. The go-ahead run scored when he got caught in a rundown after rounding first base.


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