Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Yankees hit a Major League Baseball-record three grand slams in a 22-9 defeat of the Oakland Athletics.
The Yankees remained one game behind the Boston Red Sox, who hit four home runs in defeating the Texas Rangers 6-0 last night to stay atop the American League East.
At Yankee Stadium, the Athletics led 7-1 before New York scored 15 unanswered runs. Robinson Cano hit the first four-run homer in the fifth inning and Russell Martin followed with another bases-loaded home run in the next inning. Curtis Granderson hit the third grand slam in the eighth as the Yankees recorded their biggest comeback win in five years.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Martin told reporters. “This game has been played for a long time, pretty much everything has already happened. I’m waiting to see who’s going to hit four. I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen.”
It was the fourth time in franchise history, and the first since 1999, that the Yankees hit multiple grand slams in a game and the first time they did it at home. The Yankees have hit five slams this month to lead the major leagues with eight this season, two more than the Florida Marlins.
New York tied the franchise record for runs scored in a home game, while 22 was the most the team recorded since a 22-1 win against the Red Sox on June 19, 2000.
The Yankees last recovered from a six-run deficit in a 14-13 win against the Rangers on May 16, 2006.
Cano stepped to the plate in the fifth with New York trailing 7-2 and with Derek Jeter, Granderson and Alex Rodriguez on base. Cano trimmed the deficit to one run when he sent a pitch from Oakland starter Rich Harden to right field for his 22nd home run of the year.
An inning later, Martin, who had a solo homer in the fourth, swatted a Fautino De Los Santos pitch to right field. His 17th homer of the year scored Granderson, Nick Swisher and Rodriguez and made it 10-7 for the Yankees.
Granderson made the score 21-8 in the eighth with a slam off Bruce Billings that brought Martin, Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner home.
“I know our offense is potent, but that even surprises me,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters. “It’s a pretty crazy accomplishment when you think about it, three grand slams in one game.”
It was Granderson’s 36th homer of the campaign, one fewer than Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays, who leads the major leagues.
Cano’s Sixth Slam
Cano now has six career grand slams, while Granderson and Martin, who set career highs with five hits and six runs batted in, have three each.
Andruw Jones added another solo home run in the ninth for New York’s final score of the game.
The 14 runs the Yankees scored on home runs is four shy of the record 18 scored by the Rangers on homers in their 30-3 defeat of the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 22, 2007.
The Yankees avoided a three-game sweep with the win, which lifted them to 78-50 and dropped the Athletics to 59-71. Weather delayed the start of the game for an hour and 29 minutes.
Jeter took sole possession of 21st place on baseball’s career list with his 3,058th hit and will tie Mickey Mantle for the most games played in Yankees history with his next appearance.
The Yankees are scheduled to begin a five-game visit to the Orioles today.
At Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, Adrian Gonzalez hit two home runs and David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia added one each as the Red Sox (80-50) scored all six of their runs in the first four innings.
With Hurricane Irene approaching the East Coast, the Red Sox canceled a game scheduled for Aug. 28 at Fenway Park in Boston against the Athletics and will instead play a doubleheader tomorrow.
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