Derek Jeter Hits Home Run, Yankees Beat Angels 9-2 - NBC New York

Derek Jeter Hits Home Run, Yankees Beat Angels 9-2

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    Derek Jeter ended a home run drought of 161 at-bats in his final regular-season game against the Los Angeles Angels, and the Yankees kept Hector Santiago winless in seven starts with a 9-2 victory on Wednesday night.

    Vidal Nuno (1-0) allowed a run and four hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out three and retired 14 of his last 15 batters. The left-hander's only other victory in seven big league starts was May 13 of last season, when he pitched five scoreless innings of three-hit ball at Cleveland in a 7-0 decision.

    Unless both clubs meet in the playoffs, this was Jeter's swan song against the Angels, who dropped two of three in the Bronx 1 1-2 weeks ago. Jered Weaver, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Howie Kendrick carried a 12-foot-long pinstriped paddleboard with Jeter's No. 2 and the Yankee logo to the middle of the diamond and presented it to him following a milestone-studded video tribute as the sellout crowd of 44,083 roared its approval.

    Former Yankee Raul Ibanez pinch-hit in the seventh for John McDonald and snapped an 0 for 18 drought with a single that loaded the bases, after Dellin Betances inherited a 6-1 lead from Nuno. But Collin Cowgill stranded three runners for the second time in the game, lining out to center field.

    Jeter got a standing ovation before his final at-bat during the Yankees' three-run eighth. He hit a fielder's choice comebacker to reliever Cory Rasmus for a force at the plate after a two-run single by John Ryan Murphy, and Carlos Beltran added a sacrifice fly.

    Santiago (0-6) was charged with six runs, five hits and three walks in 2 1-3 innings, throwing 30 of his 58 pitches during the Yankees' five-run first. Four of the runs were unearned, the result of errors by Santiago and right fielder Cowgill. The left-hander, who was born in Newark, New Jersey, also lost a 4-3 decision on April 26 at Yankee Stadium.

    Santiago found himself in a bases-loaded, no-out jam after 13 pitches — and by the time the first inning ended, New York had staked Nuno to a 5-0 lead. Cowgill bumped into Trout on Jeter's routine flyball as he camped under it, and the ball glanced off Trout's glove to give the Yankees runners at the corners.

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    Cleanup hitter Mark Teixeira followed a walk to Beltran with a two-run double inside third base, and Yangervis Solarte hit a sacrifice fly. Brett Gardner made it all the way to second when Santiago fielded his dribbler and threw past first baseman Pujols. A wild pitch followed, and Gardner scored on Brian Roberts' single.

    Jeter made it 6-0 in the second with a two-out drive to left-center for his 257th career homer and first since July 28, 2013, against Tampa Bay's Matt Moore at New York. In Monday's series opener, the Yankees' captain doubled to end a drought of 55 at-bats without an extra-base hit.

    Eleven of Jeter's last 12 home runs have been solo shots, including one against Santiago when he pitched for the White Sox in August 2012.