In the first inning, it looked all over for A.J Burnett (5-3). He was losing his control, the Mets were able to score against him and he threw 30 pitches. Burnett surprisingly settled in and made striking out the Mets look like the easiest job in the world. In the first inning Jason Bay for the Mets hit into a sacrifice fly to score Jose Reyes who had his first career hit against A.J Burnett. Then the red-hot Justin Turner singled to bring home Daniel Murphy and it was already 2-0, but the Yankees were just getting warmed up.
In the second, Russell Martin connected with a 2 run shot to tie the ball game and in the third inning Mark Teixeira connected to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead. Curtis Granderson also hit a homer against Chris Capuano (3-5) and after Alex Rodriguez hit a homer, Capuano was knocked out of the game. In the 8th inning was the only run scored that wasn’t on a home run. Derek Jeter had singled on a ground ball and then stole second, leaving it up to Mark Teixeira to hit a SAC fly, thus scoring Jeter.
With the win the Yankees skyrocketed back to first place, tied with Tampa Bay and Boston trailing half a game.
Note: Derek Jeter is 27 hits away from 3,000