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Diamondbacks can't cool off Yankees

PHOENIX -- Miguel Cairo singled in two runs and Jose Contreras improved to 3-0 in his last four starts in the New York Yankees' 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks last night in Phoenix.

Gary Sheffield, Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter each had three hits for the Yankees, who have won 11 of 13 -- and 17 of 20.

One of Sheffield's hits was a solo home run off Mike Koplove in the ninth inning.

Mariano Rivera, returning for the first time to the mound where he blew Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, threw a perfect ninth inning for his 27th save, most in the majors, and his ninth in June. Rivera was unavailable for Sunday's game because of tightness in his back.

Andy Green hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer for his first major league hit for Arizona.

The Diamondbacks tied a club record by turning four double plays -- in the first six innings. Still, the Yankees stranded 12 baserunners.

Contreras (4-2) allowed two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six, walked two and hit a batter. Gabe White and Tom Gordon shut down Arizona until Rivera could take over.

After squandering several opportunities, New York scored two in the fifth inning to go up 3-0.

Alex Rodriguez grounded into his second double play of the night, but Arizona starter Brandon Webb (3-6) hit Jason Giambi with a pitch and Sheffield singled. Hideki Matsui walked to load the bases, then Cairo lined a two-run single to right.

Arizona cut it to 3-2 in its half of the fifth. Juan Brito's line drive glanced off Rodriguez's glove at third base to shortstop Jeter, and the runner just beat the throw to first.

Green, in his second at-bat since being called up from Triple A Tucson last Thursday, hit Contrerass' 2-and-0 pitch over the bullpen in left field to make it 3-2.

Webb allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked five, two intentionally. He also hit a batter.

The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning but managed only one run, and that was thanks to an error.

Bernie Williams and Jeter singled, then Rodriguez walked to load the bases. Giambi struck out on a 3-and-2 pitch, then Sheffield bounced one to third base. Chad Tracy's throw home for an easy force out was wild, allowing the run to score.

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