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Yankees Overcome 9-Run Deficit to Hand Boston 5th Straight Loss

Nick Swisher #33, Curtis Granderson #14 and Raul Ibanez #27 of the New York Yankees celebrate the win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on April 21, 2012. Photographer: Elsa/Getty Images
Nick Swisher #33, Curtis Granderson #14 and Raul Ibanez #27 of the New York Yankees celebrate the win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on April 21, 2012. Photographer: Elsa/Getty Images

April 22 (Bloomberg) -- Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira combined to drive in 12 runs, sparking the New York Yankees to overcome a nine-run deficit and hand a fifth straight loss to the Boston Red Sox 15-9.

At Safeco Field in Seattle, Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox retired 27 consecutive batters to pitch the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball in a 4-0 win against the Seattle Mariners. The righthander delivered 96 pitches, including 67 strikes as he struck out nine Seattle batters to improve his career record to 12-10 over six seasons.

The Yankees (9-6) were down 9-0 through five innings of their contest yesterday before Teixeira hit a solo home run in the sixth inning at Boston’s Fenway Park. Swisher hit a grand slam in the seventh inning followed by Teixeira’s home run that drove in Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez to narrow the deficit to one run.

Swisher gave the Yankees their first lead of the game, 10-9, in the eighth with a two-run double before Teixeira’s ground-rule double sent home Swisher and Cano. Russell Martin hit a two-run double and scored on an infield single by Derek Jeter as the Yankees recorded back-to-back seven-run innings.

‘Pretty Cool’

“That was pretty cool,” Teixeira said. “I’ve played a lot of games, and that may be the most fun regular-season game I’ve ever been a part of.”

The Yankees had trailed 9-0 in the fifth after Cody Ross hit a two-run homer for Boston (4-10).

Rafael Soriano (2-0) got the win as he allowed one hit and struck out one in an inning. Alfredo Aceves (0-1) came in for the Red Sox in the eighth inning and surrendered five runs on two hits while walking four to take the loss.

The Red Sox’s five-game losing streak is their longest since Sept. 7-11, and the first time they have lost five consecutive home games since April 6-19, 2010.

“I think we’ve hit bottom,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters. “If this isn’t bottom, we need to find some new ends of the earth.”

Adrian Gonzalez hit a run-scoring ground-rule double and then scored on David Ortiz’s double. Mike Aviles drove in Ross in the second, Darnell McDonald scored on Ryan Sweeney’s sacrifice fly and Dustin Pedroia sent home Aviles for a 5-0 lead at the end of the second inning.

No Fun to Lose

Ortiz scored in the third on McDonald’s sacrifice fly and Aviles drove in Kevin Youkilis on a single before Ross ended the Red Sox run in the fifth.

“I don’t like to lose. I don’t know anybody who does,” Aviles told reporters. “This wasn’t fun at all. I don’t want to see it if it gets any worse.”

At Citi Field in New York, Ruben Tejada scored on a throwing error by San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey to break a tie and give the Mets a 5-4 win in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Tejada drove in three runs in the fifth and seventh innings while Daniel Murphy scored on Ike Davis’s infield single for a 4-1 lead in the eighth. Emmanuel Burris hit a run-scoring single and Brandon Belt followed with a two-run double in the ninth to tie the game at 4-4 for the Giants.

Jon Rauch (2-0) allowed one hit and struck out one in one-third of an inning for the win. Clay Hensley (1-1) gave up one run on one hit in one-third of an inning for the loss.

In other American League games, it was Texas Rangers 10, Detroit Tigers 4; Tampa Bay 4, Minnesota 1; Toronto 9, Kansas City 5; the Los Angeles Angels 6, Baltimore 3; and Cleveland 5, Oakland 1.

In the National League, it was the Chicago Cubs 6, Cincinnati 1; Washington 3, Miami 2 (10 innings); the Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Houston 1; Pittsburgh 2, St. Louis 0; Milwaukee 9, Colorado 4; Atlanta 3, Arizona 2; and San Diego 5, Philadelphia 1.

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