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By JOE KAY   AP Baseball Writer
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Leadoff hitter Chris Heisey homered three
times, getting Cincinnati’s slumping lineup going, and Johnny Cueto
allowed only two hits in seven innings Wednesday night, leading the
Reds to a 10-2 win and a doubleheader split with the New York
Yankees.

In the opener, Jorge Posada ended the second-longest homer
drought of his career with a two-run shot, sending the Yankees to a
4-2 win.

Heisey started the second game with his first career leadoff
homer. He also had two-run shots off Brian Gordon (0-1) and Hector
Noesi in his first multihomer game.

Cueto (5-2) gave up Nick Swisher’s solo homer and Alex
Rodriguez’s single. The right-hander pitched out of a bases-loaded
threat in the seventh, retiring Posada on a groundout to preserve a
4-1 lead.

The Reds pulled away by batting around for three runs in the
bottom of the inning, and Heisey homered for the third time in the
eighth. Teammates made him take a curtain call, and fans chanted
his name when he went back out to left field.

He became the third Reds player to homer three times in the
leadoff spot, joining Pete Rose and Jay Bruce.
Cueto has given up only four runs in four June starts. He was
scratched from a start Monday in the series opener because of a
sore neck. He stretched it sideways as he walked off the field
after fanning Rodriguez in the first inning, an indication it was
still bothering him a bit.

Couldn’t tell by his pitching. He retired 12 straight batters
over one stretch, putting the Reds in line for only their second
victory in nine interleague games.

Gordon had problems in one of the majors’ most homer-friendly
ballparks.

The 32-year-old journeyman left the Phillies’ farm system last
week to sign with the Yankees, who need help for their depleted
rotation. He impressed in his first start, giving up two runs in 5
1-3 innings of a win over Texas.
The second time wasn’t so good.

Gordon showed Heisey his two best pitches leading off the first
inning, throwing a 69 mph curve followed by a 90 mph fastball.
Heisey then connected on a sloppy, full-count fastball. Gordon gave
up five hits _ three of them homers _ and four runs in five
innings.

The Yankees won the first game without Rodriguez or first
baseman Mark Teixeira in the starting lineup. Posada played first
base and made the difference.

Posada’s tiebreaking homer off Mike Leake (6-4) ended his
stretch of 126 at-bats without one. His last homer was April 23.
Freddy Garcia (6-6) gave up two unearned runs in seven innings.
Yankees third baseman Ramiro Pena committed three errors, including
two in the fifth inning that gave the Reds two unearned runs.

Garcia allowed three hits in seven innings while improving to
22-10 in 39 career interleague starts. The right-hander is 4-0 in
four career starts against the Reds, all of them in Cincinnati and
all of them for a different team. He played for the Mariners, the
White Sox and the Phillies in the first three.

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 22 tries.
He has a record 66 career saves in interleague games, including 22
straight since 2006.

Notes: Yankees SS Derek Jeter (strained calf) threw for the
second straight day at New York’s spring training complex in Tampa.
… New York INF Eric Chavez (broken left foot) could run the bases
in the next couple days. He’s taking batting practice and fielding
in Tampa. … Posada’s longest homerless stretch was 140 at-bats in
2002-03, according to research by the Eiias Sports Bureau for the
Yankees. … RHP Jeff Marquez went on the DL between games with a
sore shoulder. RHP Buddy Carlyle was called up by New York. … The
Reds activated RHP reliever Sam LeCure off 15-day DL and optioned
LHP starter Travis Wood to Triple-A Louisville.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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