WASHINGTON (AP) ― Entering the 14th inning, the New York Yankees were 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position, and Washington Nationals teen sensation Bryce Harper was 0 for 6 at the plate.
The Yankees got off their goose egg.
Mark Teixeira’s two-run double to the right-field corner made the difference Saturday as the Yankees won their eighth straight game, beating the Nationals 5-3.
New York outfielder Dewayne Wise, who cut down a runner at the plate in the eighth inning to keep the game tied, said it felt as if the game “was going to go 25 innings. I was looking at the bullpen thinking I may have to come in and throw an inning or two.”
Jayson Nix opened the 14th with an infield single, then stole second and advanced to third on Derek Jeter’s single to left. Jeter’s hit made the Yankees 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position, but Nix couldn’t score because he had to make sure the ball made it past the infield.
After Curtis Granderson struck out, Teixeira got the Yankees up to 2 for 16 with the double off Brad Lidge (0-1). It was Teixeira’s only hit on a day that started ― seemingly long ago ― with strikeouts in the first, third and fifth innings.
“Find a way to get it done, and that’s what our guys did,” manager Joe Girardi said. “To be honest, I was having a hard time remembering how we got our other three runs. It was so long ago.”
Freddy Garcia (1-2) pitched two innings to get the win.
Red-hot A.J. Burnett powers Pirates
CLEVELAND (AP) ― A.J. Burnett became the first Pittsburgh pitcher since 1990 to win six straight starts and Pedro Alvarez homered twice as the Pirates beat the Cleveland Indians 9-2 Saturday.
Burnett (7-2) gave up two runs over 6 2/3 innings. He extended the best stretch by a Pirates pitcher since Doug Drabek won six in a row during his NL Cy Young Award-winning season.
Casey McGehee homered and drove in four runs and Alvarez had three RBIs as the Pirates snapped a four-game losing streak. McGehee broke a 2-all tie with a two-run homer off Ubaldo Jimenez (6-5) in the sixth.
Cleveland’s Michael Brantley went 0 for 3 with a walk, halting the majors’ longest hitting streak this season at 22 games.
The last Pirates pitcher to win six straight decisions was rookie Zach Duke in 2005. He did it over eight starts to open his career 6-0.
Toronto 6, Philadelphia 5
Milwaukee 6, Minnesota 2
St. Louis 10, Kansas City 7
Detroit 4, Colorado 1
Oakland 6, San Diego 4
Texas 8, Houston 3
Baltimore 5, Atlanta 0
Boston 4, Chicago Cubs 3
Cincinnati 4, NY Mets 1
Miami 4, Tampa Bay 3
LA Angels 2, Arizona 0
Seattle 7, San Francisco 4
Chicago White Sox 5, LA Dodgers 4