Derek Jeter homered twice after going 62 games without a long ball, while Curtis Granderson went deep again as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 12-5 on Sunday despite an erratic outing by C.C. Sabathia.
Jeter had gone 259 at-bats without a homer since Aug. 24 last year, before leading off the fifth with a liner that barely cleared the eight-foot wall into the Rangers’ bullpen in right-center.
Jeter didn’t wait long for his next homer, leading off the seventh against Arthur Rhodes (1-2) with a deeper shot into the bullpen to break a 4-4 tie.
Under scrutiny all season, the 36-year-old Jeter had four hits, three RBIs and his first stolen base of the year, while raising his batting average from .256 to .276.
Granderson, who homered twice in Friday’s 4-1 victory, followed Jeter’s second homer with his AL-leading 11th of the season.
Francisco Cervelli hit a Grand Slam and Mark Teixeira added two-run shot in the eighth, a six-run outburst off rookie Cody Eppley.
ANGELS 6, INDIANS 5
In Anaheim, California, Peter Bourjos drove in the tying run in the eighth inning with an infield single, while Erick Aybar followed with a two-run double and Los Angeles beat Cleveland to give Mike Scioscia his 1,000th victory as a major league manager.
Angels reliever Fernando Rodney (2-1) got credit for the win, despite blowing a 3-2 lead for Dan Haren in the top of the eighth. Travis Hafner had an RBI infield hit and Orlando Cabrera a run-scoring fielder’s choice.
Rafael Perez gave up a double to Howie Kendrick in the bottom half and was relieved by Joe Smith (1-1). Rookie Mark Trumbo had an infield single, before Bourjos hit a chopper off the plate that Smith fielded and had no play on. Aybar put the Angels back in front with a drive to left-center for two runs.
RED SOX 9, TWINS 5
In Boston, Adrian Gonzalez homered, Kevin Youkilis scored four runs and Daisuke Matsuzaka settled down to pitch six innings after a rough first, leading Boston over Minnesota.
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and extended his hitting streak to 17 games. Gonzalez, J.D. Drew and Jed Lowrie each drove in two runs for the Red Sox.
Danny Valencia had a solo homer and two-run single for the Twins, who have lost nine of their past 10 games in Fenway Park. Minnesota committed three errors, one leading to a pair of unearned runs.
Matsuzaka (3-3), gave up three runs in the first and threw 34 pitches. After that, he held the Twins to two hits over the next five innings. He allowed four earned runs, struck out four and walked two.
TIGERS 5, BLUE JAYS 2
In Toronto, Brad Penny pitched well into the eighth inning as Detroit followed Justin Verlander’s no-hitter by beating Toronto.
Austin Jackson hit a tiebreaking home run, Jose Valverde struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save and the 200th of his career, becoming the 41st player in major league history to reach the mark.
Jose Bautista homered in his return to the lineup after missing five games with a stiff neck.
Penny (3-3) responded to the third-inning shot by retiring 10 straight batters and 14 of the next 15. The right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits in a season-high 7-2/3 innings, walked none and struck out one.
Jackson broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer to left in the seventh, his second. The drive came off Blue Jays left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes (0-3).