How does two walk-off wins in a row sound to you? Last night it was Melky Cabrera, and today it was Alex Rodriguez. Although, it was Mark Teixeira’s perfect day at the plate that propelled the Yankees (19-17) to a 6-4 victory over the Twins (18-19) in 11 innings.
Both M&M boys Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau homered for the second straight game to keep the Twins in the game. Mauer’s came off Joba Chamberlain in the fourth, and Morneau’s was off Phil Coke. Coke had saved Jose Veras in the seventh by escaping a big jam. But after taking care of Mauer in the eighth, he grooved one to Morneau and he didn’t miss. A walk and a double later, the Twins were on top 4-3 and Coke was gone.
In the bottom of the eighth, Hideki Matsui led off with a pinch-hit ground-rule double – that was originally called a home run by John Sterling (he didn’t see it bounce). Luckily for the Yanks, Teixeira, who could not be retired by any Twins pitcher, drove in the tying run with two out for his fourth hit of the game.
Mariano Rivera pitched through an easy ninth and a scary 10th, but the Yankees couldn’t score for him. Alfredo Aceves pitched a 1-2-3 11th to give the Yankees’ meat of the order a crack at breaking the tie. Tex led off with a walk, and A-Rod smoked a no-doubter to left-center. It was the Yanks’ second walk-off in as many days, and their fourth straight win.