OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Curtis Granderson homered and drove in four runs and Derek Jeter had two hits to reach 2,983 for his career and scored three runs to help the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics for the ninth straight time, 10-3 on Tuesday night.
Robinson Cano also homered, Alex Rodriguez had three hits and three RBIs and Mark Teixeira took advantage of shoddy Oakland fielding to steal home for the Yankees, who have their longest winning streak against the A’s since 1964-65, when the team was based in Kansas City.
Brett Anderson (3-5) allowed a career-worst 10 runs for the A’s, who have lost 22 of 25 meetings against the Yankees. With back-to-back wins to open this three-game set, New York has become the first team to win nine straight series against the A’s since the team moved to Oakland in 1968.
Freddy Garcia (4-4) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings of his 300th career start. He allowed only a two-run homer and an RBI single to David DeJesus to beat the A’s for just the second time in his last 10 starts against Oakland.
That performance proved to be more than enough on a night the Yankees batted around Anderson with ease. Anderson hadn’t allowed an extra-base hit to a left-handed hitter all season and a homer to a lefty since Russell Branyan hit one for Seattle on Aug. 25, 2009, before Granderson and Cano connected for two-run homers in the first and fifth innings, respectively.
That led to another rough outing for Anderson against the powerful Yankees as he allowed nine earned runs and a career-worst 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings. That dropped Anderson’s record to 0-4 with a 6.53 ERA in five career starts against New York.
Even when the Yankees made mistakes, they were able to turn them into runs. Rodriguez got caught too far off first after Cano struck out for the second out in the sixth inning. With Rodriguez in a rundown, Teixeira broke from third to home and scored on a stolen base when first baseman Conor Jackson’s throw was off line.
For the second straight game, the Yankees got a two-run homer in the first inning to jump out to the early lead before the A’s even came to the plate. A day after Teixeira hit his 16th homer in the opening inning off Trevor Cahill, Granderson hit his 17th after Jeter led off the game with a single off second baseman Mark Ellis’ glove.
The Yankees added an unearned run in the third when Jeter reached on Ellis’ two-base throwing error and scored on Rodriguez’s bloop hit.
After DeJesus’ RBI single got Oakland on the board for the first time this series in the bottom of the third, Granderson extended the lead to 5-1 with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the fourth.
Cano’s 11th homer and Rodriguez’s two-run single helped the Yankees break the game open.
Notes: Jeter has reached safely to open the game in 21 of the 42 games he has been leadoff hitter. … The last Yankees player to steal home was Brett Gardner on April 4, 2010, against Boston. … Anderson’s outing snapped a streak of 28 straight games that Oakland’s starter had allowed four runs or fewer. … The A’s are giving slumping 1B Daric Barton (.206 average, 0 HRs) a few days off to work on his batting stroke.
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