Instead of being benched against southpaws, Curtis Granderson is thriving against them this season.
Granderson became the first left-handed hitter to homer off Brett Anderson in nearly two years and Derek Jeter had two hits to reach 2,983 for his career and scored three runs to help the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics for the ninth straight time, 10-3 on Tuesday night.
Robinson Cano also homered, Alex Rodriguez had three hits and three RBIs and Mark Teixeira took advantage of shoddy Oakland fielding to steal home for the Yankees, who have their longest winning streak against the A’s since 1964-65, when the team was based in Kansas City.
Granderson struggled to get into the lineup against lefties a year ago, but has hit a major league-leading nine of his 17 homers against southpaws this season
The good are much more common than the bad so far this season for Granderson, who had three hits and four RBIs against one of the toughest. Anderson (3-5) hadn’t allowed an extra-base hit to a left-handed hitter all season and a homer to a lefty since Russell Branyan hit one for Seattle on Aug. 25, 2009.
Anderson allowed a career-worst 10 runs for the A’s, who have lost 22 of 25 meetings against the Yankees. With back-to-back wins to open this three-game set, New York has become the first team to win nine straight series against the A’s since the team moved to Oakland in 1968.
Freddy Garcia (4-4) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings of his 300th career start. He allowed only a two-run homer and an RBI single to David DeJesus to beat the A’s for just the second time in his last 10 starts against Oakland.
That performance proved to be more than enough on a night the Yankees hammered Anderson, who allowed nine earned runs and a career-worst 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings. That dropped Anderson’s
record to 0-4 with a 6.53 ERA in five career starts against New York.