The New York Yankees hit a Major League record three Grand Slam home runs in one game to overcome a six-run deficit and rout the Oakland Athletics 22-9 at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson were the three Yankee batters who combined to make history.
“The fact that we as a team have done something that all the teams have never done before, it’s pretty neat,” Granderson said. “I think it speaks to what this offense is, that anybody and everybody can deliver at any time.”
Oakland jumped to a 7-1 lead, but Cano’s blast in the fifth inning trimmed the lead to 7-6 and Martin delivered the lead with his Grand Slam in the sixth inning. Granderson’s record setting shot came in the eighth inning.
Martin also hit a solo home run in the fourth inning as part of a five-for-five performance with six RBIs.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Martin said. “This game has been played for a long time. Pretty much everything has already happened. I’m waiting to see who’s going to hit four — I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen, but we’ll see. Three is pretty cool.”
Red Sox 6, Rangers 0
In Arlington, Texas, the Boston Red Sox kept their noses in front in the American League East race and dealt a further blow to Texas’ playoff ambitions by beating the Rangers 6-0 on Thursday.
Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez homered twice to give him five in four games, hitting a solo shot in the first inning and a two-run drive in the third off Alexi Ogando (12-6). That gave him three homers in as many swings, having also gone long in his final at-bat on Wednesday.
Red Sox starter Andrew Miller (6-1) pitched 6-1/3 scoreless innings and struck out six as the visitors won the series between the divisional leaders three games to one.
Boston remained one game ahead of New York in the AL East, but the Rangers have lost five of six and seen their lead over the Angels in the AL West cut to just two games, having been seven as recently as Aug. 17. Texas and Los Angeles face each other in a three-game series that started yesterday.
In St Petersburg, Detroit completed a 3-1 series win over Tampa Bay, boosting their AL Central lead to 6-1/2 games.
Tigers starter Doug Fister (6-13) went seven scoreless innings, striking out five. He is 3-1 in five starts with Detroit since being traded from Seattle.
Austin Jackson hit a leadoff homer in the first and made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (11-9) gave up six hits in seven innings.
Royals 9, Blue Jays 6
In Toronto, Jeff Francis got a belated win, steering Kansas City past Toronto.
Francis (5-14) came in 0-3 with an 8.27 ERA in his past four outings, but the Canadian was solid in his first career start in his home country. He gave up two runs in six-plus innings.
Melky Cabrera homered and Billy Butler went four-for-five with two RBIs as the Royals took their first series victory at Toronto since 2002.
Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil (4-7) lost his third straight decision, allowing five runs in 6-1/3 innings.
Orioles 6, Twins 1
In Minneapolis, Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer in Baltimore’s win over Minnesota.
Vladimir Guerrero had two hits and Craig Tatum had a two-run double for the Orioles, who swept the Twins at home in a four-game series for the first time.
Baltimore starter Jo Jo Reyes (7-10) went six strong innings, allowing one run.