Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to give the New York Yankees the lead in their second consecutive win over the New York Mets in a Major League Baseball interleague game.
The Yankees, who routed the Mets 9-1 two nights ago, defeated the Mets 4-2 last night in the second game of the three-game series.
“Right now we’re on a nice little run,” Teixeira told reporters. “Starting pitching has been the key.”
Phil Hughes (6-5) allowed two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out six to get the win. Dillon Gee (4-4) surrendered three runs on five hits and struck out five in seven innings for the loss. Rafael Soriano got his ninth save.
“I didn’t think he was quite as sharp as he was in Detroit, but I thought he battled,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Hughes. “Made some big pitches when he had to. I thought he did a really good job for us.”
Derek Jeter scored on Alex Rodriguez’s single in the first inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead at Yankee Stadium. Jeter, who was 0-17 before his first-inning single to centerfield, scored his 1,800th career run, breaking a tie with Ted Williams for sole possession of 17th place on baseball’s all-time list.
Omar Quintanilla and David Wright each hit home runs for the Mets, who took a 2-1 lead in the sixth before Teixeira’s hit. Curtis Granderson sealed the victory in the eighth inning with his 18th home run of the season.
The Yankees (33-25) are in second place in the American League East, one-half game behind the Tampa Bay Rays. The Mets (32-28) are in third place, 3 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East.
At Fenway Park where the Washington Nationals defeated the Red Sox 4-2, Boston’s pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka made his first major league appearance since May 16, 2001, after undergoing elbow surgery. He took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits in five innings while striking out eight.
In other games, it was Minnesota 11, the Chicago Cubs 3; Baltimore 6, Philadelphia 4 (12 innings); Atlanta 5, Toronto 2; San Francisco 5, Texas 2; the Chicago White Sox 10, Houston 1; Tampa Bay 13, Miami 4; San Diego 5, Milwaukee 2; Detroit 3, Cincinnati 2; the Los Angeles Angels 11, Colorado 5; the Los Angeles Dodgers 8, Seattle 3; Pittsburgh 5, Kansas City 3; St. Louis 2, Cleveland 0; and Arizona 8, Oakland 3.
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