NEW YORK (AP) – Jason Giambi saved the New York Yankees from a Subway Series sweep.

Giambi capped a ninth-inning rally with a two-run single, and the Yankees avoided an embarrassing three-game sweep with a 5-4 victory over the Mets on Sunday night.

Taking advantage of more sloppy defense by their crosstown rivals, the Mets scored three unearned runs in the seventh off Randy Johnson to take a 4-1 lead.

But Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez hit RBI singles in the bottom half, and the Yankees came back in the ninth against Braden Looper (2-3), improving to 2-35 when trailing after eight innings.

Tino Martinez, the last non-pitcher on the bench, pinch-hit and walked leading off the ninth, and Rodriguez doubled just inside the third-base line for his fourth hit of the game.

Hideki Matsui was intentionally walked, and Giambi singled to the gap in right-center.

Mariano Rivera (4-2) worked a perfect inning for the win.

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