NEW YORK (AP) – Shelley Duncan homered twice, including a three-run drive that capped a 10-run fourth inning Sunday in the surging New York Yankees’ 21-4 rout of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Alex Rodriguez, batting with sunglasses on a sunny afternoon, hit his major league-leading 34th homer and No. 498 of his career. Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon and Robinson Cano also homered as the Yankees hit six home runs in a game for the first time in two years.
New York had 25 hits, reaching 20 for the second straight game. Matsui tied his regular-season high with five hits, and every Yankees starter had a hit, a run and an RBI. Rodriguez pushed his big league-leading RBIs total to 99 in 97 games.
The Yankees, who won the second game of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader 17-5, took three of four from the Devil Rays, hitting .404 in the series with 49 runs, 63 hits and 11 homers.
New York is 9-3 since the All-Star break, playing only Tampa Bay and Toronto, and is scheduled for 16 more games against teams with losing records before a trip to Cleveland on Aug. 10.
With the score 3-all, New York broke open the game in the fourth. Cano tripled leading off, and the Yankees made it 10-3 on six RBI singles and a throwing error by catcher Dioner Navarro.
Duncan’s first homer came off reliever Casey Fossum and made it 13-3, and his second was a leadoff drive off Shawn Camp in the sixth. Music from “The Natural” played as Duncan rounded the bases.
Duncan earned a pair of curtain calls from the crowd of 54,751. When he came to bat with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, he was greeted with chants of “Shel-ley! Shel-ley!”
The brother of St. Louis outfielder Chris Duncan and the son of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, Shelley also was cheered out of the dugout when he hit his first major league homer in Saturday’s opener. He made his major league debut Friday night and had an RBI single in New York’s 14-4 loss.
Andy Pettitte (6-6) won his 12th straight decision against the Devil Rays, improving to 13-1 against the Devil Rays. Despite a season-best eight strikeouts, it was a mostly unimpressive outing for the left-hander. He gave up eight hits, including an upper-deck homer to Carlos Pena leading off the second, but became the first Yankees starter to win since Chien Ming Wang on July 14.
James Shields (8-6), lost for the sixth time in nine starts, allowing 10 runs, 10 hits and four walks in 3 1-3 innings. Eleven of his final 14 batters reached base.
Notes: Shields is on pace for well over 200 innings this year, which would make him the third in the Devil Rays’ 10-season history to do so. … The 10-runs fourth was the Yankees’ highest-scoring inning since they got 10 last Sept. 4 at Kansas City. … Jonny Gomes struck out three times, all against Pettitte. … Matsui had five hits in Game 3 of the 2004 AL championship series. … Cano was a double short of the cycle. … The Yankees’ previous game with six homers was July 20, 2005, at Texas. … The Devil Rays used five pitchers and threw 216 pitches in a game that lasted 3 hours, 50 minutes. … Sean Henn, recalled from Triple-A before the game, took over for Pettitte to start the seventh and batted because Duncan went to first base, pushing Andy Phillips to third in place of Rodriguez. Henn struck out without a swing his first big league at-bat.