Just 6-5 this season against Tampa Bay heading into Sunday, the Yankees were bound to eventually show some muscle against their farm club.
It came Sunday in the form of 25 hits, a 10-run fourth inning and a five-hit performance by Hideki Matsui. That’ll show the Rays for winning a series against the Bronx Bombers in Florida earlier this season.
Devil Rays 4, Yankees 21: A-Rod hit his 34th home run (No. 498) as Bobby Abreu, Shelley Duncan, Robinson Cano and Matsui added their own shots. The New York site says Casey Fossum was the winning pitcher, but based on the 3 earned runs he gave up in 0.2 IP, I’m gonna go with Andy Pettitte. New York remains 7.5 back in the A.L. East, 6.5 back in the Wild Card.
Mariners 0, Blue Jays 8: Roy Halladay pitched a three-hit complete game for the Jays, who solved the pitching of Seattle’s rookie sensation Felix Hernandez. F-Her was cruising until the fifth, when he gave up 5 runs. The M’s continue to hold at 2 games back in the West, and have lost two straight. Seattle also experienced something worse than losing the closing game of the series at home – the honor of worst game-wrap sentence:
Mount St. Felix erupted and the next thing you knew, a game that had been scoreless after four innings went from a blowup to a blowout. Hernandez surrendered five runs, including a first-pitch three-run home run to Troy Glaus, and absorbed an 8-0 defeat in front of 29,083 at Rogers Centre.
Mount St. Felix = Mount St. Helens evidently. Not really sure how that works.
Mets 5, Dodgers 4: New York completed a 3-1 series win in L.A. by scoring in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings. Billy Wagner got the win after telling manager Willie Randolph he was going to walk Jeff Kent, putting the winning run on base. Wagner then struck out Matt Kemp and Nomar Garciaparra to end the game. The Amazins are 3.5 up on the Braves; the Dodgers hold onto their slim one-game lead over the Padres.
Royals 5, Tigers 2
White Sox 5, Red Sox 8
Angels 7, Twins 2
Orioles 2, A’s 0
Indians 8, Rangers 3
Reds 3, Marlins 9
Rockies 0, Nationals 3
Astros 1, Pirates 0
Giants 5, Brewers 7
D-Backs 3, Cubs 0
Phillies 9, Padres 0
Cardinals 7, Braves 2