A-Rod Homers Again, Yankees Win Seventh in a Row

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIMay 19, 2009

Homers and wins are becoming a normalcy around the Bronx.

After Tuesday's big 9-1 victory, the New York Yankees are now 22-17 and have won seven games in a row.

CC Sabathia got the start against Brad Bergesen and the Baltimore Orioles.

Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead after his two-run blast in the bottom half of the first inning, a hit that plated Johnny Damon from third.

The monster home run over the left bullpen was A-Rod's fourth in four games and fifth since returning on May 8th.

Rodriguez now has 558 career home runs, just five behind Mr. October Reggie Jackson for 11th place on the all-time list. Jackson attended the game and visited with Rodriguez before the start.

Mark Teixeira added a two-run shot to cap off a seven run inning in the seventh to put Baltimore away for good. The homer was Teixeira's 11th of the season.

The blast, like A-Rod's, was Teixeira's fourth in four games.

Up next for the Yankees, a struggling Phil Hughes (1-2, 7.56) will take on Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie (3-3, 5.21) on Wednesday night.

In other MLB news, the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1. That win moved the Yankees within three and a half games of the AL lead, remaining just one game behind the Red Sox.