Rapid Reaction: Yankees 7, Bucs 1

May, 17, 2014
May 17
7:07
PM ET
NEW YORK -- Bronx Bombers, indeed.

The New York Yankees belted a season-high tying five home runs -- four off Edinson Volquez -- and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 Saturday afternoon in front of 47,453 at the Stadium.

What it means: The Yankees (22-19) have won three games in a row -- allowing just one run over that span. They also hit five homers on April 12 against the Boston Red Sox.

Laboring through five: David Phelps (1-0) gave the Yankees five shutout innings, working around five hits and three walks. Phelps, who threw 50 of his 95 pitches in the first two innings, has yet to allow a run at home this season (five games, 9.1 innings). He struck out five. It was his first win since July 4, 2013.

Sending a Tex message: Mark Teixeira hit his 350th career home run -- a two-run shot to right -- in the first inning. It was Teixeira’s ninth homer since April 24, the most of any MLB hitter in that span, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Teixeira’s 350 career homers are tied for sixth-most all time by a switch-hitter.

To the victor go the Zoils: Zoilo Almonte, thrust into the lineup because Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched after experiencing flu-like symptoms, clubbed a solo homer deep into the right-field stands leading off the third. It was his first round-tripper of the season.

No shutout today: The Yankees had thrown 23 straight scoreless innings before Starling Marte ended the streak by leading off the sixth with a solo shot to left off Dellin Betances. Betances did strike out the side in the inning, meaning he’d recorded nine straight outs via the K. But that streak ended when Tony Sanchez roped a ball to the right-center field gap, only to be thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.

Gardy goes yardy: Brett Gardner made it 4-1 New York with a leadoff homer to right in the sixth -- his third of the season.

Watch it fly: Alfonso Soriano crushed his sixth homer of the season into right-center leading off the seventh -- and admired it as it sailed over the home bullpen.

Yes he McCann: Brian McCann slugged a two-run homer into the right-field seats with two outs in the ninth. It was his sixth of the year.

Nice hose: With two outs in the fourth, Gaby Sanchez decided to try and score from second on Jordy Mercer's single to right. It turned out to be a bad decision. Soriano gunned down Sanchez with an accurate one-hop throw to McCann, who applied the tag.

Captain comes through: Derek Jeter had two hits, raising his batting average to .261.

Up next: A single-admission doubleheader Sunday. Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 4.62 ERA) starts Game 1, while Vidal Nuno (1-1, 6.43) gets the nod in Game 2. Righties Charlie Morton (0-5, 3.22) and Gerrit Cole (3-3, 3.76) go for the Pirates. First pitch of the first game, 1:05 p.m.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146