Teixeira’s three-run homer in the fifth inning broke the game open, and gave Sabathia a 6-0 lead. Sabathia and the Yankees experienced a near-miss in the bottom of the fifth, when Franklin Gutierrez hit a line drive back at Sabathia’s chest. He didn’t even have to throw a warm up pitch following the scare and finished the inning.
Robinson Cano cranked three doubles, a single, and scored twice. Teixeira homered again in the ninth, falling a double shy of the cycle. Sabathia lasted seven innings, and Brian Bruney and Jon Albaladejo closed out the game. Full box score here.
This was exactly the type of win the Yankees were looking for. They excelled at all facets of the game. Besides Alex Rodriguez’s run-scoring error in the fifth, it was a sound game all around.
Line of the Night:
Teixeira: 4-for-5, 2 HR, 3B, 5 RBI, 2 R. He is only two homers shy of tying Carlos Pena for the league lead.
The rubber match is set for today at 4:10 p.m. between Joba Chamberlain (8-5, 4.39) and Ian Snell (6-10, 5.17).
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