Robinson Cano #24 (R) of the New York Yankees is congratulated by his teammates (L-R) Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter for his grand slam home run in the 5th inning against the Oakland Athletics on August 25, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.
(August 24, 2011 – Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images North America)
(PhatzRadio/ AP / TGM Sports) - The New York Yankees, no strangers to making history, accomplished another major league first on Thursday by hitting three grand slams in one game.
Russell Martin, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each hit bases-loaded longballs in turning what was once a comfortable Oakland Athletics lead into a Yankees rout.
The A’s at one point led Thursday’s game 7-1, but Granderson’s eighth-inning blast off A’s reliever Bruce Billings gave the Yankees a 21-8 lead and their historic third slam.
No major league club had ever hit more than two in one game, and even the Yankees had never hit two grand slams at Yankee Stadium (any of them) before Cano and Martin unloaded with slams off Rich Harden (in the fifth) and Fautino De Los Santos (in the sixth), respectively.
The late-game carnage: New York batted around in each of the final four innings, tallying four runs in the fifth and sixth and six each in the seventh and eighth.
The Yankees became the first club since the Phillies in 2009 to score 22 runs in one game. And it was the most runs the A’s had yielded since 1955.
A’s pitchers may never live this down: They gave up 21 hits. All 22 runs were earned. And perhaps most egregiously, Oakland pitchers issued 13 walks.
Relievers Billings (four walks, six hits, seven runs in 1 1/3 innings) and Jordan Norberto (one hit, five walks, four runs allowed while recording just two outs) were the biggest offenders.
Little wonder, then, that the Yankees coaxed three balls over the fence with three men on.
“You gotta be pretty fortunate to do that. You’ve got to get the bases loaded, a lot,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We got production from everywhere in our lineup.”
Martin had the day of days, going 5-for-5 with six RBI and two home runs, the second a mere solo shot in the fourth.
Girardi subbed out his starters liberally, to the point that his second baseman for the bottom of the ninth was catcher/DH Jorge Posada.
The final out of the game came when Posada fielded a grounder from A’s rookie Anthony Recker and, from about 30 feet, gunned a throw to first base that Nick Swisher dug out deftly.
It seemed a perfectly absurd conclusion to a crazy day in the Bronx.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Doug Fister allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings, Austin Jackson homered and the AL Central-leading Detroit beat Tampa Bay.
Fister (6-13) struck out five. The right-hander, acquired in a six-player trade with Seattle on July 30, is 3-1 in five starts with the Tigers.
Jackson hit a first-inning leadoff homer and made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
The Tigers took three of four from Tampa Bay and have won 16 of their last 25 road games.
Jeremy Hellickson (11-9) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings. He had seven strikeouts and one walk.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer and Jo Jo Reyes went six strong innings to lead Baltimore over Minnesota on Thursday for the Orioles’ first four-game winning streak since June 6-10.
Reyes (7-10) allowed one run on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Craig Tatum added a two-run double for the AL-worst Orioles.
Anthony Swarzak (3-4) gave up five runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings after left-hander Francisco Liriano exited with a strained shoulder after two innings.
Joe Mauer also missed his second consecutive game for the injury-ravaged Twins, with a stiff neck keeping him out.
TORONTO (AP) — Jeff Francis pitched six-plus innings to win for the first time since July 29, Melky Cabrera homered and Kansas City beat Toronto.
Billy Butler went 4-for-5 with two RBI and scored twice as the Royals won their first series since taking two of three against Baltimore from Aug. 2-4. It was Kansas City’s first series victory in Toronto since August 2002.
Butler doubled and scored in the fourth, singled in both the sixth and seventh and doubled home a pair of runs off reliever Shawn Camp in the eighth. He went 8-for-15 with five extra-base hits to help the Royals win twice in the three-game series.
J.P. Arencibia and Edwin Encarnacion homered for the Blue Jays.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez homered twice to give him five in four games, Andrew Miller pitched three-hit ball in a spot start and Boston came away with the win over Texas.
Miller threw 6 impressive innings and the Red Sox took the final three matchups in a four-game series between AL division leaders.
Gonzalez hit a solo shot in the first inning and a two-run drive in the third off Alexi Ogando (12-6), giving him homers on three consecutive swings — including one in the eighth inning of Boston’s 13-2 victory Wednesday night.
Gonzalez, who had his 13th career multihomer game, had gone 84 at-bats without a long ball before homering in the first inning of Tuesday night’s 11-5 win.
David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia also connected for the Red Sox, who have won six-of-eight and remain one game ahead of New York in the AL East. The Yankees pounded Oakland 22-9 earlier Thursday.
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