Mike Stanton (1-1) got two outs, and Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.

Sheffield got the Yankees off to a good start – or so it appeared – when he hooked a drive into the left-field corner. He stopped at first base, then continued around the bases when it was ruled it a home run.

Zambrano, manager Dusty Baker and several other Cubs surrounded third-base umpire Mike Reilly and after the umps huddled, they quickly changed the call. Sheffield had already crossed the plate and was only a few steps from the dugout when a batboy handed him his bat, and he calmly went back and drew a walk.

Bernie Williams hit an RBI single in the second, and the Yankees made it 4-0 in the third. Rodriguez doubled in a run, Matsui singled home one and another scored on Jorge Posada’s grounder.

The Cubs began their comeback with two runs in the fourth off Carl Pavano. Jeromy Burnitz, Aramis Ramirez and Todd Walker hit singles and Todd Hollandsworth had an RBI grounder.

Chicago closed to 4-3 in the fifth when Corey Patterson doubled and Derrek Lee singled.

Burnitz opened a three-run sixth with a nubbed single and later scored on Hollandsworth’s single. Henry Blanco, a backup catcher who began the game batting .151, neatly delivered a two-run single for a 6-4 lead.

Notes: Yankees rookie Robinson Cano went the opposite way his first four times up and flied out to left field in each at-bat. … Pavano is 0-3 in his last five starts. … Zambrano had to leave his previous start because of sprained left big toe. … The Yankees hit into four double plays.

AP-ES-06-17-05 2233EDT


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