Nick Swisher blasted home runs from each side of the plate and Derek Jeter hit his 250th homer as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-4 in a Major League Baseball contest.
Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning last night to give the Yankees a 3-0 advantage at Yankee Stadium where New York took a 1-0 lead in the teams’ three-game series.
Swisher, who collected his 19th career multi-homer game, sent the ball out of the park from both sides of the plate in a game for the 12th time in his career, second in MLB history to teammate Mark Teixeira, who has 13.
“That’s one cool thing, being a switch-hitter, because it’s rare you feel good from both sides of the plate at the same time,” Swisher told reporters. “Just to be able to have a game like that, especially against the Red Sox, we want to continue playing the way were playing this week; just keep on pushing.”
Pedro Ciriaco drove in Mike Aviles for the Red Sox’s first run, followed by Dustin Pedroia’s three-run homer that gave Boston a 4-3 lead in the third inning.
Jeter Joins Mays
Jeter, who made the score 4-4 in the fifth inning with his home run, is tied with Graig Nettles for ninth place on the Yankees’ all-time home-run list. He joins Willie Mays as the only players to record at least 3,000 hits, 250 home runs, 300 stolen bases and 1,200 runs batted in.
“I always hear all the time that I don’t hit home runs, but in my mind, that’s a lot of them,” Jeter said. “So it’s something I’m happy with. I try to be consistent every year, to do my job, like I’ve always said.”
Casey McGehee scored the tie-breaking run for the Yankees on Jayson Nix’s sixth-inning single.
Phil Hughes (12-10) allowed four runs on four hits and struck out four in seven innings for the Yankees. He retired 13 of the final 15 batters he faced. Rafael Soriano threw a scoreless ninth inning for his 30th save.
“I thought he (Hughes) really pitched tonight,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters. “He threw more change-ups tonight than he’s probably done in four or five starts combined. He threw them to right-handers, left-handers and that really kept them off balance.”
Red Sox starter Franklin Morales (3-4) surrendered five runs on six hits, including four home runs, and struck out three in 5 1/3 innings.
With Jeter tallying his 10th home run of the season, the Yankees lead the majors with 10 players who have at least 10 home runs, including Robinson Cano, Eric Chavez, Granderson, Raul Ibanez, Andruw Jones, Martin, Alex Rodriguez, Swisher and Teixeira.
The Yankees improved their record to 71-48 to retain their spot atop the American League. The Red Sox (58-62) are in fourth place in the five-team AL East, 13 ½ games behind the Yankees.