It’s starting to look more and more like a truly cohesive unit on the Yankees with how they have been playing as of late. When new acquisition Mark Teixeira was plunked on the buttocks for a second time last night, he slid hard into second, forcing Elvis Andrus off target and starting a Yankee rally to give them the lead in a beatdown of the Texas Rangers Tuesday night, 12-3.
A.J. Burnett started for the Bombers, throwing seven innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits, walked one, and struck out three. He threw 110 pitches on the night, 71 for strikes.
With two out in the top of the third, Burnett walked Michael Young, and then Hank Blalock doubled to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Nelson Cruz then launched a three-run homer.
The Rangers carried that 3-2 lead into the fourth, but that’s when the Yanks blew the game open. Melky Cabrera walked and moved to second on a sac bunt by Brett Gardner. Derek Jeter singled and the Yanks had two on with one out. Johnny Damon followed with an RBI single tying the game. After the Tex hit-by-pitch and hard slide, A-Rod beat the throw and the Yanks held the lead, 4-3.
The Bombers would go on to score five more runs in the inning; Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada hit back-to-back RBI singles, and Hideki Matsui capped off the inning with a three-run homer. They added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth on another three-run homer, this one off the bat of Posada.
Brett Tomko and Jose Veras both pitched 1-2-3 innings in relief to finish off the game for the Yanks.
It was a big night for Derek Jeter who went 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 16 straight games (he’s also had seven straight multi-hit games), and scored the 1,500th run of his career.
Jorge Posada had a very good game, picking up three hits a homer and four RBI, but he also committed the Yankees first error in 19 games ending their errorless streak.
Andy Pettitte says his back is good to go for tonight’s game against the Rangers.