In the top of the fifth, Brett Gardner tripled to center. This time it was Jeter’s turn to drive in a run, as he hit the ball to third and Gardner made it home to give the Yankees a 3-1 edge. The score stayed the same through the seventh inning, but the Yankees added some insurance in the eighth.
A single by Jeter got things going and Swisher followed with a single of his own. Greg Golson replaced Swisher and Teixeira worked a walk to juice the bases. Rodriguez walked, bringing Jeter home. Robinson Cano then drove sac fly to left, scoring Golson and putting the Yankees ahead 5-1.
New York picked up another run in the ninth and Sabathia, who was still under 100 pitches, started the ninth. Snider singled and Yunel Escobar walked before Sabathia got Jose Bautista out on a long fly ball. Girardi decided it was time to bring Sabathia out and Mariano Rivera entered the game for the last two outs.… Click here to read the rest