Mark Teixeira knocked in five runs on two homers as the New York Yankees rallied in the eighth inning to defeat the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 in a Major League Baseball contest.
The Yankees (53-33) hold the best record in the majors, one-half game better than the American League West-leading Texas Rangers (53-34) who defeated the Seattle Mariners 3-2 last night. The Angels (48-39) are five games behind the Rangers in the four-team AL West.
“It’s a good way to start the second half,” said Yankee catcher Russell Martin who drove in the winning run. “Get a ‘W,’ and I’m starting to feel a bit better about myself, that’s never a bad thing.”
Teixeira hit a two-run homer in the third inning last night to put the Yankees ahead 2-1 after Erick Aybar gave the Angels a 1-0 lead with his solo homer run at Yankee Stadium.
Mark Trumbo’s 23rd home run of the season sent home Albert Pujols and Kendrys Morales in the seventh and Mike Trout scored on Pujols’s ground-rule double in the top of the eighth as the Angels took a 5-2 lead.
Teixeira scored Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson and tied the game at 5-5 with his second homer and Martin drove in his game-winner.
“Down three runs with their bullpen, not a lot of teams come back,” Teixeira told reporters. “That’s a good sign for us.”
Jeter scored his 1,817th career run in the third inning to surpass Carl Yastrzemski for sole position of the 16th place on baseball’s all-time runs scored list.
Chad Qualls (1-0) pitched a perfect two-thirds inning for the win and Rafael Soriano got his 21st save, giving up one hit and striking out one in the final inning.
Scott Downs (1-1) allowed four runs on two hits in two-thirds inning for the loss.