Yankees 20,

Devil Rays 11

-- In one stunning inning, the New York Yankees appeared to exorcise three months of frustration.

The Yankees broke loose for 13 runs in the eighth behind Bernie Williams and Gary Sheffield, overcoming an early eight-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 20-11, Tuesday night.

"If there's a turning point in the season, this should be it," said Williams, who didn't take batting practice because of sore shoulders. "This is incredible, especially this late in the game. I've never seen anything like this."

And with good reason: The 17-run turnaround matched the largest victory after trailing by eight runs in major league history. The Devil Rays led the Cleveland Indians, 10-2, before losing, 20-11, on May 5, 1999.

Williams put the Yankees ahead with a bases-loaded triple in the eighth, and Sheffield had a pair of three-run homers. Derek Jeter tied a career high with five hits and scored a career-best five runs.

The game mirrored New York's roller-coaster season -- the Yankees have won seven of eight on this 13-game homestand after dropping 9 of 12 on their last road trip.

Sheffield had seven RBI and Williams drove in five runs for New York, which trailed, 10-2, after four innings. Yankees starter Randy Johnson lasted just three innings in his shortest outing in nearly five years, allowing seven runs.

"I had a sense in the dugout, 'Let's see who we are, let's see what we are,' " Manager Joe Torre said.

Sheffield, Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui hit consecutive homers in the eighth, and Jorge Posada also connected in the inning for the Yankees, who had a 13-run second inning during a 19-8 victory over Tampa Bay on April 18.

"Just shocking," Tampa Bay's Jorge Cantu said.

Sheffield's three-run shot and Williams's RBI double in the fifth off Hideo Nomo began the comeback. Jeter homered in the sixth to make it 10-7, then the Yankees sent 16 batters to the plate in the eighth, a half-inning that took 35 minutes.

"I've never been a part of something like that, probably never be a part of it again," Jeter said.

Buddy Groom (1-0), the fifth of six Yankees pitchers, worked 11/3 scoreless innings for the win.

The Yankees' scoreboard tells the story after they lit up the Devil Rays for 20 runs and 23 hits, including a 13-run eighth.