Mark Teixeira hit his first home run since June 12, leading the Yankees to their 9 millionth comeback win this season. The Bombers were trailing the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh when Tex smacked a booming shot into the right field second deck at Yankee Stadium.
Later on in the inning, the bases were loaded for Melky Cabrera with two outs, but he grounded out ending the rally. The game was then sent into a long rain delay and when the game picked up again, the two teams failed to score any more runs and the 5-3 decision stood.
Teixeira’s well-timed homer was enough to bail out a subpar AJ Burnett. Despite going 6 innings, Burnett failed again to impress, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks, while striking out 1. Only 1.
The great Phil Hughes pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a couple of hits but striking out 6 batters to retire each side. He got the win (4-2 now) and lowered his ERA out of the bullpen to an astounding 0.89. Check out the previous post for some interesting news about Hughes and the Yankees starting rotation.
Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth inning to preserve the win and earned his 24th save of the season.
The Yankees are not 14-5 in their last 19 games and with the Red Sox topping the Blue Jays last night, NY remains 3 games back in the AL East.