The Yankees overcame a 4-0 deficit in the series opener Friday, using six home runs to rally for a 7-6 victory. New York has scored at least five runs in 11 straight games, the longest such streak for the franchise since a 15-game run in 1985.
The Yankees’ offensive outburst has coincided with the widening of their AL East lead. New York has won 10 of 11 to climb a season-high 3 1/2 games ahead of second-place Boston in the division.
“The sky’s the limit for this team,” said Yankee outfielder Gary Sheffield, who homered twice Friday. “We’re starting to hit our stride.”
New York has specialized in coming from behind, rallying for 23 wins this season, including five when trailing by at least four runs. The Yankees didn’t overcome a deficit of at least four runs all of last year.
Shortstop Derek Jeter was forced to leave Friday’s game with a tight groin. Jeter, who originally injured the groin Thursday against Baltimore, is not expected to return until early next week.
The Rangers are laboring through an 11-game road trip. Texas has a 4-5 record thus far on the trip, which concludes Sunday in New York.
Alfonso Soriano, dealt from New York to Texas in exchange for Alex Rodriguez, went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in his first game at Yankee Stadium as a member of the Rangers. Soriano received a standing ovation prior to his first at-bat and even got cheers after his third-inning homer staked Texas to a 3-0 lead.