NEW YORK, June 13 – Hideki Matsui and Alex Rodriguez both homered and drove in three runs a piece, as the Yankees defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks for their eighth win in a row and ninth in their last ten games. Additionally, with Colorado’s win over Boston, the Yankees moved to within 8.5 games of first place.
Mike Mussina had his longest outing of the season, pitching 7.2 innings with seven strikeouts and only two earned runs. Brian Bruney and Mike Myers completed the last 2.1 innings, pitching 0.2 innings a piece.
Rodriguez’s home run was his 25th of the season, increasing his league lead total. In addition to Matsui’s seventh home run of the year, Jorge Posada also connected to hit his eighth. The Yankee catcher finished the night going 1 for 2, with two walks, increasing his batting average to .354, 10 points behind league leader Magglio Ordonez.
Andy Pettitte will face off against Doug Davis in game four of the series, as the Yankees look to complete the sweep with a 1pm start on Thursday.