Archive for Monday, May 27, 2002

American League Roundup: Yankees salvage split

New York bombards Boston with six homers, wins 14-5

May 27, 2002

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— New York Yankees manager Joe Torre was happy with the six home runs. He was happier that his team split a four-game series at Fenway Park after losing the first two.

"Momentum-wise, it's very tough to do what we did, especially in somebody else's ballpark," Torre said after Sunday night's 14-5 win over the Boston Red Sox. "You don't want to give anybody a head of steam."

New York's Jason Giambi, right, celebrates his two-run homer with
teammate Jorge Posada. The Yankees hit six homers in their 14-5
victory Sunday at Boston.

New York's Jason Giambi, right, celebrates his two-run homer with teammate Jorge Posada. The Yankees hit six homers in their 14-5 victory Sunday at Boston.

The Yankees' power surge matched their season high for homers and gave them a major league-best 82 home runs in 51 games.

Alfonso Soriano homered leading off the fifth and sixth innings, giving him 14 to tie Texas' Alex Rodriguez for the AL lead.

"It's unbelievable for me," said Soriano, who also leads the league in hits, total bases and extra-base hits. "I'm working to be good like him."

He's already come pretty far after hitting .268 with 18 homers and 43 steals as a rookie last year. He has 13 stolen bases this season.

"Soriano is the league MVP right now," Boston's Johnny Damon said. "You have to get him out or he's going to score."

Jason Giambi and Robin Ventura hit three-run homers, and Jorge Posada and Ron Coomer added two-run shots as the Yankees hit at least six homers for the 16th time.

The Yankees hit three homers in a six-run fifth by Soriano, Giambi and Coomer as they took an 8-2 lead. They had another big inning with five runs in the eighth when Ventura hit his 13th homer on the first pitch he saw while pinch-hitting.

Brian Daubach and Shea Hillenbrand had solo shots in the second that gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead against Mike Mussina (7-2).

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New York Yankees manager Joe Torre was happy with the six home runs. He was happier that his team split a four-game series at Fenway Park after losing the first two.

"Momentum-wise, it's very tough to do what we did, especially in somebody else's ballpark," Torre said after Sunday night's 14-5 win over the Boston Red Sox. "You don't want to give anybody a head of steam."

The Yankees' power surge matched their season high for homers and gave them a major league-best 82 home runs in 51 games.

Alfonso Soriano homered leading off the fifth and sixth innings, giving him 14 to tie Texas' Alex Rodriguez for the AL lead.

"It's unbelievable for me," said Soriano, who also leads the league in hits, total bases and extra-base hits. "I'm working to be good like him."

He's already come pretty far after hitting .268 with 18 homers and 43 steals as a rookie last year. He has 13 stolen bases this season.

"Soriano is the league MVP right now," Boston's Johnny Damon said. "You have to get him out or he's going to score."

Jason Giambi and Robin Ventura hit three-run homers, and Jorge Posada and Ron Coomer added two-run shots as the Yankees hit at least six homers for the 16th time.

The Yankees hit three homers in a six-run fifth by Soriano, Giambi and Coomer as they took an 8-2 lead. They had another big inning with five runs in the eighth when Ventura hit his 13th homer on the first pitch he saw while pinch-hitting.

Brian Daubach and Shea Hillenbrand had solo shots in the second that gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead against Mike Mussina (7-2).

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