Alex Rodriguez hit two more home runs, Mike Mussina won his 100th game as a Yankee, and the Yankees pounded the Tribe yet again:
CLEVELAND (AP) — Alex Rodriguez took a couple more swings up to No. 503. Mike Mussina saved mementos from No. 100.
The Cleveland Indians? They got their usual two and stopped right there.
Rodriguez kept up his unrelenting surge against the Indians — six homers in five games — and New York cruised to an 11-2 victory Saturday night that gave Mussina his 100th win with the Yankees, who have gone a month without slowing down.
“It’s a good feeling, but a controlled feeling,” said Rodriguez, who hit a pair of two-run homers. “We realize we’ve got a lot of work ahead and haven’t accomplished anything.”
He’s being modest.
The hottest team in the majors did everything right on Saturday. Jason Giambi added a pinch-hit homer, Jose Molina had a career-high four hits, and the Yankees piled up 19 hits in all.
“We look great at the plate right now,” Mussina said.
New York moved 14 games over .500 (65-51) for the first time this season, an emphatic turnaround for a team that was stranded 141/2 games out of first place on May 29. The Yankees have stormed into contention in the AL East — five games back of Boston — by going 22-8 since the All-Star break, best in the majors
And, tied with the Mariners in the wild-card race.