SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mark Teixeira hit his 400th and 401st home runs, Didi Gregorius also connected and Chad Green got his first big league victory as the New York Yankees beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
The Padres were denied their first sweep of the season and what would have been their first sweep of the Yankees. New York beat San Diego 4-0 in the 1998 World Series.
Teixeira struck out in his first three at-bats before hitting a high, arcing shot into the home run porch down the right-field line off Carlos Villanueva leading off the eighth. With Brett Gardner aboard on a single with one out in the ninth, Teixeira homered to right off Kevin Quackenbush.
Teixeira became the fifth switch-hitter with at least 400 homers. He had not homered since April 13 before connecting against Minnesota last Sunday, and he homered against Texas on Monday. His first multihomer game since July 31 gave him seven home runs this season.
Green (1-1), a 25-year-old right-hander, held San Diego to one run and three hits in six innings, struck out eight and walked none. The rookie was recalled earlier Sunday from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, his third stint with the big league team this year.
Green’s only big mistake was allowing Yangervis Solarte’s leadoff homer in the second. Solarte tied his career high with four hits, finishing a triple shy of the cycle.
Aroldis Chapman relieved Anthony Swarzak after Alex Dickerson’s two-run homer in the ninth, and got three outs for his 16th save in 17 chances.
Gregorius scored in the second when Ronald Torreyes hit into a double play and homered off Andrew Cashner (3-6) in the fourth. Aaron Hicks had three hits, raising his average to .208.
Cashner (3-6) came off the disabled list earlier in the day. Out since June 11 with a strained neck, he allowed two runs — one earned — and six hits in six innings.
Dickerson’s homer was his second.
Yankees: Manager Joe Girardi said he’s still trying to figure out how to use OF Carlos Beltran in the series at the Chicago White Sox that starts Monday. Beltran has a tight right hamstring.
Padres: Manager Andy Green said INFs Cory Spangenberg (left quadriceps strain) and Jemile Weeks (right hamstring strain) will head to the team’s complex in Peoria, Arizona, to continue their rehabs.
Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (5-5) is scheduled to start Monday afternoon in the opener of a three-game series. Chicago will counter with James Shields (3-9), who was traded from San Diego to the White Sox on June 4.
Padres: Luis Perdomo (2-3) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game series at Arizona starting Monday night. The Diamondbacks will counter with RHP Archie Bradley (3-3).
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