NEW YORK (AP) – Jason Giambi hit two home runs to reach 300 for his career, and Tony Womack had an 11th-inning single through a five-man infield that gave the New York Yankees an 8-7 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Angels.

Brothers Bengie and Jose Molina both homered in a major league game for the first time, connecting against Randy Johnson, but the AL West-leading Angels still lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Derek Jeter had four hits to help the Yankees rally from a four-run deficit for the second consecutive day. New York, which stranded 14 runners, took two of three from a longtime nemesis and finished 4-2 on a homestand that included another possible playoff opponent, the Minnesota Twins.

Hideki Matsui tripled off the center-field fence against Kevin Gregg (1-2) to start the 11th, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia brought Chone Figgins in from center field to give his team five infielders. But Womack, who entered as a pinch-runner in the 10th, grounded a one-out single through the left side,k ending a 4-hour, 20-minute game.

Tom Gordon (4-4) pitched a perfect 11th for the win.

Figgins led off the 10th with a triple against Mariano Rivera, and Vladimir Guerrero’s single on a 3-0 pitch gave Los Angeles a 7-6 lead.

With runners at the corners and two outs in the bottom half, Gary Sheffield’s grounder took a bad hop and glanced off Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera for an RBI single that evened the score.

An error by Gold Glove first baseman Darin Erstad, a defensive replacement for Jose Molina, helped New York score four times in the eighth. Matsui had an RBI single, and Jeter’s two-out single off Scot Shields tied it at 6.

Making his second major league start, Chris Bootcheck held the Yankees to five hits through six innings and left with a 4-1 lead. But the bullpen and some shoddy defense cost him his first career win.

Bengie Molina hit a three-run shot in the fourth, his 10th homer this year and second of the series. Jose connected leading off the fifth.

It was the first time brothers homered for the same team in one game since Aug. 11, 2001, when Jason and Jeremy Giambi connected for Oakland against the Yankees, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Normally Bengie’s backup at catcher, Jose Molina made his first career start at first base to give Erstad a rest with Johnson on the mound. Their other brother, Yadier, is the regular catcher for the Cardinals.

Jason Giambi connected Sunday in the second inning off Bootcheck and the seventh against Esteban Yan, giving the Yankees’ streaking slugger three homers in four at-bats. Giambi’s two-run shot in the eighth Saturday began New York’s comeback in another 8-7 victory.

Giambi hit a major league-best 14 homers in July, the most in a month by a Yankees player since Mickey Mantle hit 14 in July 1961. Roger Maris had 13 that month, too.

Giambi took a curtain call after No. 300 in the seventh cut Los Angeles’ lead to 4-2.

Cabrera hit an RBI double in the eighth, and Juan Rivera added a sacrifice fly. Johnson allowed six runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings with seven strikeouts and two walks, his ERA rising to 4.11.

Figgins made an incredible play to rob Bernie Williams of extra bases, ending the second. In a full sprint, the speedy Figgins stretched out with a dive in right-center, probably saving a run. The catch was so good he got a standing ovation from the Yankee Stadium crowd of 53,653.

Notes: During the game, the Yankees traded LHP Buddy Groom to Arizona for a player to be named or cash. Groom lashed out at manager Joe Torre after he was designated for assignment Saturday to make room for newly acquired LHP Alan Embree. … It was Giambi’s 27th career multihomer game, his fourth this season. … The Angels entered with only 54 errors, best in the AL. … Bootcheck was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake before the game. The Angels needed a starter because LHP Jarrod Washburn has a sore elbow. … Bootcheck lost his other major league start, at Oakland on Sept. 9, 2003.

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