Yankees better the Twins again

Bartlett and Rays tee off on Athletics

Associated Press / May 19, 2009
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Mark Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate, combining with Alex Rodriguez for back-to-back drives in a six-run first inning against Glen Perkins, and New York beat the Minnesota Twins, 7-6, last night at chilly Yankee Stadium to complete a four-game sweep.

After stringing together three straight walkoff wins for the first time since 1972, the Yankees overcame a 2-0 first-inning deficit and hung on to extend their winning streak to a season-high six.

New York improved to 23-3 at home vs. the Twins in the regular season since the start of 2002.

Andy Pettitte (4-1) won consecutive starts for the first time this year, allowing four runs and 12 hits in 6 2/3 innings. Jose Veras relieved in the seventh and loaded the bases with a walk, then retired Carlos Gomez on a flyout to protect a 6-4 lead.

Teixeira was hitting .198 May 8 with five homers and 15 RBIs. Since Rodriguez returned to the lineup that night, Teixeira has improved his average to .239, doubled his home run total, and increased his RBIs to 29.

"Pitchers are just making a few more mistakes," Teixeira said. "It puts a lot of pressure on them when Alex is in the lineup."

Michael Cuddyer and Denard Span homered for the Twins.

"I can't wait to get out of here," Span said. "Not just the stadium, but the whole city."

Rays 13, Athletics 4 - Jason Bartlett drove in a career-high five runs to help host Tampa Bay beat struggling Oakland for a season-best four-game winning streak.

Rookie righthander Jeff Niemann (4-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in eight innings. He struck out three and walked none.

Jason Isringhausen, who came off the DL Sunday, pitched the ninth for Tampa Bay - his first appearance in the majors since undergoing right elbow surgery in September, when he was with the Cardinals.

Bartlett went 3 for 3 with a walk to improve his batting average to .384. He had a two-run single off Sean Gallagher (1-2) in the first, as well as a run-scoring triple in the fifth and a two-run single in the sixth off Gio Gonzalez.

Rockies 5, Braves 1 - Jason Marquis outdid Derek Lowe, and Dexter Fowler drove in one run and scored another for visiting Colorado.

Marquis (5-3) allowed five hits and one run in eight innings, striking out three and walking three.

Lowe (5-2) was attempting to become the NL's first six-game winner.

Dodgers 3, Mets 2 - Errors by Gold Glove center fielder Carlos Beltran and fill-in first baseman Jeremy Reed in the 11th inning proved costly for New York, which had the go-ahead run taken away on an appeal play in the top of the inning at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers are a major league-best 27-13 overall, and 14 games over .500 for the first time since finishing 2006 at 88-74.

Pirates 12, Nationals 7 - Host Washington made four errors, all on routine plays, and the bullpen had another lead-blowing implosion in a loss to Pittsburgh, which had a five-run sixth in claiming its third straight win and ending an eight-game road losing streak.

Washington reliever Garrett Mock (0-2), had a walk, a wild pitch, a hit batter, and allowed Jack Wilson's tying two-RBI double in just 15 pitches in the sixth inning. Jesus Colome allowed three hits in five batters as his ERA ballooned to 22.50.

Angels 10, Mariners 6 - Torii Hunter hit a three-run double in a five-run fifth and Kendry Morales homered twice, rallying John Lackey and Los Angeles at Safeco Field.

The Angels' ace returned from a strained forearm Saturday for his season debut only to get ejected after just two pitches at Texas for throwing behind and then hitting Ian Kinsler. This time, Lackey (1-0) went five innings and allowed five runs, four earned.

Brewers 8, Cardinals 4 - Braden Looper carried a two-hitter into the seventh inning to beat his former team, Mat Gamel hit a three-run homer in his first career start, and visiting Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep of St. Louis.

The Marlins had a 1-0 lead over Arizona in the top of the fourth last night in Miami when the game was postponed after a rain delay of 1 hour 36 minutes.

It will made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

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