Mark Teixeira and Russell Martin each hit two-run homers as the New York Yankees defeated the New York Mets 7-3 to tie their Major League Baseball interleague series at one game each.
Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez also homered in the sixth inning to help the Yankees snap a season-high six-game home losing streak, while Teixeira drove home Derek Jeter on a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
“We’ve been good and bad. Overall if you look at the numbers, league-wise we’re OK,” Rodriguez told reporters. “But I think there’s a lot of room for improvement. It’s important for us to think small ball. To also score runs on base hits, singles and doubles.”
Teixeira has hit a home run in each of the past three games, the second time this season he has had a three-game home run streak. Jeter got his 326th career stolen base, tying Rickey Henderson for the most in franchise history.
The Mets took a 2-1 lead in the first inning when Jason Bay hit a sacrifice fly to allow Jose Reyes to score and Justin Turner hit a one-run single. Carlos Beltran drove in Reyes in fifth for the Mets third run.
Chris Capuano (3-5) gave up six hits and six runs, including the four homers in 5 1/3 innings. A.J. Burnett (5-3) went 6 1/3 innings for the Yankees, allowing six hits and three runs. He noted the difference between the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium and more spacious Citi Field.
“I think that’s the frustrating part for me: I didn’t give up a lot of hits, just big ones,” Capuano said. “I think maybe we are a little more spoiled at Citi. I think we really know how good we have it there as pitchers.”
In the National League, it was Milwaukee 3, Colorado 2.
In interleague games played at American League stadiums, it was Toronto 7, Houston 5; the Chicago White Sox 9, the Los Angeles Dodgers 2; St. Louis 3, Kansas City 0; Baltimore 8, Washington 3; Cleveland 2, Cincinnati 1; the Chicago Cubs 9, Red Sox 6; and Atlanta 5, Los Angeles Angels (12 innings).
In interleague games played at National League stadiums, it was Philadelphia 2, Texas 0; San Francisco 3, Oakland 0; Florida 5, Tampa Bay 3; Pittsburgh 6, Detroit 2; Seattle 4, San Diego 0; and Arizona 9, Minnesota 6.