2008_06_mariano.jpgJose Guillen has always hit well against the Yankees, but he took it to a new level in the four-game series the Royals just completed with the Yankees, where he went 9-for-16 with 4 home runs and several outfield assists. Guillen’s last home run of the series was off of Mariano Rivera in the 9th and it turned a 2-2 game into a 3-2 one that the Royals won.

Guillen’s blast ruined a great day from Mike Mussina. Mussina pitched eight innings and made only one mistake, that Miguel Olivo crushed for a two-run homer.

A-Rod brought the Yankees back to even with his own two-run blast in the seventh and that is where things remained until Guillen led off the ninth with a homer on an 0-2 pitch. The Yankees loaded the bases in the ninth, but Melky Cabrera grounded out to first to end the game.

Photograph of Mariano Rivera tossing his rosin bag to the ground after allowing Jose Guillen's game-winning home run in the 9th inning by Kathy Willens/AP