Yankees beat Nationals in 14, 5-3

Mark Teixeira connects for a two-run double during

Mark Teixeira connects for a two-run double during the 14th inning. (June 16, 2012) (Credit: AP)

WASHINGTON -- Mark Teixeira delivered the day's biggest hit for the Yankees and the day's most appropriate sentence. "That,'' he said, "was exhausting.''

Another standout outing by Andy Pettitte and a rare poor one by Cory Wade were long forgotten when Saturday's Yankees-Nationals game finally was decided.

That occurred nearly two hours later when Teixeira lined a two-run double down the rightfield line in the top of the 14th inning to give the Yankees a 5-3 victory that extended their winning streak to eight.

"Find a way to get it done, that's what our guys did,'' Joe Girardi said. "Our bullpen was tremendous. They stepped up, one run over seven innings. You get big hits and get big performances out of all our people and our bullpen. They found a way.''

The Yankees have won 18 of 22. It was the first time in 13 games this year that they have won despite failing to homer.

But there were some ugly numbers, too. They wound up 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position and left 13 on base.

When the 14th began, the Yankees hadn't had a hit since Eric Chavez's two-out RBI double in the sixth. Up until Teixeira's hit, the Yankees were 1-for-15 with RISP -- 0-for-13 before Derek Jeter's single earlier in the inning.

"Give their pitchers a lot of credit. I can see why that team's in first place,'' Teixeira said. "Every reliever they brought in was as dirty as the next. Just not a lot of hits out there to get, but we kept fighting. Give our pitchers credit for holding them down.''

Jayson Nix led off the 14th against Brad Lidge with an infield single, stole second and went to third on Jeter's single to left. After Teixeira's big hit, on which he went to third on the throw to the plate, Robinson Cano was intentionally walked. But winning pitcher Freddy Garcia struck out and Dewayne Wise fouled out.

Garcia (2-1), recently on bereavement leave and appearing in only his third game since May 21, was a nice side story. He pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

"I want to be part of the team and I want to pitch,'' Garcia said. "Let me prove that I can help this team from the bullpen. I like that situation, the pressure. I love that.''

Rafael Soriano made sure there was drama until the end, allowing a pair of one-out singles in the bottom of the 14th. The game ended with 19-year-old Bryce Harper, who finished 0-for-7 with five strikeouts, grounding out to second. It was Soriano's 12th save in 13 chances.

Pettitte was very good again, allowing two runs, five hits and three walks in seven innings. Of the five hits, three came on broken bats, including Jesus Flores' two-out, two-run double in the second -- with the ball landing at the base of the 377-foot sign in leftfield and the barrel of the bat landing in front of Jeter. That gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead.

"I felt good,'' said Pettitte, who struck out Harper three times and lowered his ERA to 2.77 after seven starts. "Felt good about all of my pitches again . . . and the bullpen was awesome.''

The Yankees brought a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning, and after four pitches, Wade had two outs and an 0-and-2 count on Ian Desmond. But three pitches later, Desmond homered to leftfield to tie it.

"Just a fastball that came back in,'' said Wade, the eighth-inning choice because Girardi wanted to stay away from using David Robertson, activated from the disabled list Thursday, for a second straight day.

Wise threw out Tyler Moore at the plate later in the eighth -- though replays showed umpire Tim Timmons missed the call -- to keep the score tied at 3-3.

Pettitte's outing brought the starting rotation's streak to 10-1 with three no-decisions and a 2.12 ERA in the month of June. He could have escaped with no runs scoring, or at least no earned runs scoring, but after Michael Morse's liner up the middle went off Cano's glove for what was ruled a single, Flores doubled in two runs with two outs.

Each team used seven pitchers, and afterward, Nix gave the second-most-appropriate summation of the day. "Everybody,'' he said after the 4-hour, 49-minute marathon, "earned their pay today.''

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