Mark Teixeira hit two homers and drove in a career-high five runs as the New York Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics 9-2 to win their fourth consecutive Major League Baseball contest.
CC Sabathia (6-2) allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out four in seven innings yesterday at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.
Teixeira hit a solo home run in the fourth, followed by a two-run single in the fifth and a two-run homer in the ninth inning.
“I’m glad I’m seeing some results. Just being real aggressive with my swings and trying to let it go, which I’ve done my whole career,” Teixeira told reporters. “I am who I am. I wouldn’t know how to explain what kind of hitter I am. I just go up and try to see the ball and hit it really hard.”
Robinson Cano’s home run in the second tied the game at 1-1, Derek Jeter hit a run-scoring single in the third, Chris Stewart scored on Alex Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly in the fifth and Nick Swisher scored after Jeter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth.
Jeter tallied his 3,154th hit to tie George Brett for 14th place on the career-hits list.
Jonny Gomes gave the Athletics a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a run-scoring single and Josh Reddick tallied a solo home run off Sabathia in the third to tie the game at 2-2.
“After the home run he threw more sliders and curves and that made his fastball look even faster coming in,” Reddick said.
Bartolo Colon gave up six runs on nine hits while striking out three in six innings.
The Yankees (25-21) are in third place in the five-team American League East, 3 ½ games behind the Baltimore Orioles (29-18). Oakland (22-25) is second in the four-team AL West, 6 ½ games behind the Texas Rangers (28-18).