Pinch hitter Don Baylor and Don Mattingly hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning, breaking a 3-3 tie and giving the Yankees a 5-3 victory over the California Angels yesterday in New York.
The victory, coupled with Toronto's 4-1 loss to Chicago, moved the Yankees within four games of the AL East-leading Blue Jays.
Mattingly hit homers in consecutive innings. He had a two-run homer in the sixth as the Yankees scored three times to tie the score. It was his fourth two-homer game of the season.
Baylor's homer, his 20th of the season but first since Aug. 8, came with one out off reliever Al Holland (0-1), who started the inning. Mattingly followed with his 25th homer, his 13th since Aug. 2.
"I was expecting to hit about 20 or so this year," said Mattingly, who raised his major league-leading RBI total to 108. "But I don't really think about that. I just try to hit the ball hard."
Bob Shirley (4-4), who relieved in the sixth inning, was the winner.
The Yankees tied the score, 3-3, with three runs in the sixth off Mike Witt, who had taken a two-hit shutout into the inning.
Witt walked Rickey Henderson before Mattingly homered. Ron Hassey singled and Mike Pagliarulo reached on an error by second baseman Rob Wilfong. Dan Pasqua's single drove home the tying run.
In the first inning, Rod Carew had a bunt single, moving him past Tris Speaker into third place on the all-time singles list at 2,383.