HOUSTON -- For all of the talk about the Yankees' pitching woes, New York's trio of All-Stars certainly got the job done on Tuesday night.
Continuing his trend of performing in big-time situations, Javier Vazquez threw a perfect inning in his All-Star debut, retiring the side in order in the fifth.
"It was so much fun. What could be more fun than 1-2-3?" Vazquez said. "I wasn't nervous, but I thought I would be. I'm glad that I was able to stay calm out there."
After Vazquez and four other AL starters got the game to the seventh, Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera helped close it out, as Gordon retired the only batter he faced in the eighth and Rivera tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to finish the AL's 9-4 win.
"I was really happy for all of our guys," said pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre. "They did well."
"It was more than enough for me. I was just happy to have a chance to pitch in the game," said Gordon, who made his second career All-Star appearance. "It was a good day for the Yankees. Hopefully this can be the start of something special."
The three Yankee hurlers retired all seven batters they faced, as the AL retired 15 of the final 17 National Leaguers to end the game.
"It was a lot of fun," Rivera said. "It was great for Gordon and Vazquez to pitch like they did."
Javier Vazquez / P
Weight: 205 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
While Gordon and Rivera were making return trips to the All-Star Game, Vazquez was making his first appearance in the Midsummer Classic, having been selected to replace Oakland's Tim Hudson.
"Being my first All-Star Game, I just wanted to get in there. It was great," Vazquez said. "I just had one inning, so I wanted to get out of there without any harm done."
That's exactly how it played out, as the right-hander struck out Florida's Mike Lowell, then got Miguel Cabrera to ground out to shortstop. Vazquez closed out his inning of work by freezing Johnny Estrada for a called third strike, his second K of the frame.
Tom Gordon / P
Weight: 190 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R