Derek Jeter drove in two runs with a pair of singles to break his hitless streak and help the New York Yankees to a 9-1 victory against the Chicago White Sox in a rain-delayed Major League Baseball contest.
The Yankees (73-64) are in fourth place in the American League Eastern Division, eight games behind the Boston Red Sox (82-57), who lost 3-0 yesterday to the Detroit Tigers. New York is 2 1/2 games back in the race for the second of the AL’s two wild card playoff berths, trailing the Tampa Bay Rays, whose 11-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels was their fifth in a row.
Jeter, who was 0-for-14 since returning from a strained muscle Aug. 26, hit a single to send home Brett Gardner in the first inning to give New York a 1-0 advantage yesterday at Yankee Stadium. The shortstop added a run-scoring single in the team’s eight-run fourth inning.
Jeter missed the first 91 games of the season while recovering from a fractured left ankle. He strained a thigh muscle while running the bases in his season debut on July 11, forcing him to miss 12 more games, and returned to the disabled list Aug. 5 with a strained calf muscle.
David Huff (2-0) allowed five hits, including a home run to Paul Konerko, over 5 2/3 innings after entering the game in relief of starter Phil Hughes, who was taken out following a one hour, 53 minute-rain delay in the top of the second inning.
“We’ve played better, there’s no doubt about it,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the win. “I feel a lot better.”
The Oakland Athletics beat Texas 4-2 yesterday to pull into a tie with the Rangers atop the AL Western division at 79-58. It was the fourth straight win for the A’s.
The Baltimore Orioles topped the Cleveland Indians 7-2 to get within two games in the AL wild card race.
The Pittsburgh Pirates moved back into first place in the National League Central as Neil Walker hit a three-run home run in a 5-2 win against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pirates (80-57) moved one game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost to the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 yesterday.
The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers’ winning streak reached five games with a 10-8 victory in Colorado.