Homer Happy Yankees Reach Eight Wins In a Row

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIMay 20, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 19:  Robinson Cano #24, Francisco Cervelli #29, and Melky Cabrera #53 of the New York Yankees celebrate after scoring on tammate Derek Jeter's #2 (not pictured) double in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium May 19, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Lately, it seems as if nothing can stop the 2009 New York Yankees.

They are now winners of their last eight games after defeating the Baltimore Orioles 11-4 on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

They were never without the lead except for when it was knotted up at zero.

Mark Teixeira got things going in the first with an RBI double that plated Johnny Damon—his eighth double of the season.

In the second inning, the Yankees went back-to-back-to-back with three homers in a row.

Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, and Melky Cabrera all homered to right field off of Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie.

The early lead is all Phil Hughes needed as he went five innings and struck out nine to receive the victory.

Chien-Ming Wang looks close to returning, so Hughes wanted to make a nice impression on his team, if it were to be his last for a while.

In a 5-3 game in the eighth, the Yankees went with closer Mariano Rivera to get the final out of the inning and three more in the ninth.

What Rivera didn't expect is to get a six run outburst by the Yankees offense to make the game 11-3.

In the top of the ninth, 25-year-old youngster Nolan Reimold got his first career home run, off of none other then Mariano Rivera, something he will most likely never forget.

Rivera still managed to get the save since he came in when the game was in a save situation, it was his eighth save of the year.

Up next for the Yankees his the final game of the three game set with the Orioles as they go for the sweep and their ninth in a row.

Joba Chamberlain (2-1, 3.76) will take the hill for the Yankees and the Orioles will send out Adam Eaton (2-4, 7.93).

This weekend, interleague play begins as the Philadelphia Phillies come into Yankee Stadium to face the Yankees.

The matchup on Sunday is slated to be ace vs. ace as Cole Hamels of the Phillies takes on CC Sabathia.

In other MLB news, the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays again, knocking the Yankees within two and a half games of the AL East lead.