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A-Rod homers, Pettitte earns win No. 9 as Yankees top D-Backs

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PHOENIX -- Alex Rodriguez is warming up and Andy Pettitte is still at the top of his game.

Those are strong signals the New York Yankees are only going to get better, and they've already got the best record in the majors.

All-time HR leaders
PlayerTotal
1. Barry Bonds762
2. Hank Aaron755
3. Babe Ruth714
4. Willie Mays660
5. Ken Griffey Jr.630
6. Sammy Sosa609
7. Alex Rodriguez-y595
8. Frank Robinson586
9. Mark McGwire583
10. Harmon Killebrew573
11. Jim Thome-y572
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Rodriguez had a home run and three RBI and Pettitte got his ninth victory when the Yankees beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3 on Tuesday night.

Rodriguez was 6 for 46 at the plate entering the game as he worked his way back from hip flexor tendinitis that kept him out of four games from June 11 to June 15.

"The last four or five days, every day has been a little better," he said.

Without the option of being the designated hitter in these interleague league road games, Rodriguez's injury has been tested on the field as well as at the plate.

"Physically, he looks pretty good," manager Joe Girardi said. "I asked him how he was doing, and he said he's doing OK. Our plan is to play him tomorrow, and that would be four days in a row, then we have three days in L.A. and we get our DH back. So if we can get through this week, it should be OK."

Arizona starter Dan Haren retired 12 of his last 14 batters and left with his team trailing 3-2 after seven innings. New York blew the game open against Arizona's atrocious bullpen with a six-run eighth.

Pettitte (9-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out seven, walked two and even got a rare base hit, considering he doesn't bat in AL games.

The 38-year-old left-hander said he appreciates these victories more now because he believes he has become a more complete pitcher at this stage of his career. Giving the Yankees another strong start a day after A.J. Burnett's continued struggles, Pettitte lowered his ERA for the season to 2.48.

"It's extremely important because he's given us distance and he's given us a lot of wins," Girardi said. "Andy has had so far a brilliant first two-and-a-half months for us."

Haren (7-6) gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking one. He singled twice, the first driving in the Diamondbacks' only runs of the game. Haren improved his batting average to .452.

"I do all I can," Haren said. "Baseball is a team sport. It's not like golf or something like that. Every guy on the roster needs to contribute. I do my best at the plate. ... I try to put together the best at-bat I can and make the pitcher work and good things have happened because of that."

Rodriguez traced his improvement from the end of the team's weekend series against the Mets, then he had an RBI double Monday in the series-opening loss to Arizona.

"Going back to the weekend in New York, I felt like there were some good signs, although there weren't much results," he said. "Last night, my last two at-bats hitting the ball and driving the ball to right-center was a sign of good things to come."

His ninth home run of the season, and only his third since May 10, came with two outs in the first after Derek Jeter's leadoff single. Rodriguez's two-out single brought in the go-ahead run in the third.

Jeter has also been struggling, going into the game with six hits in 36 at-bats.

Haren, 4-0 in seven career starts against the Yankees before Tuesday night, left after throwing 109 pitches. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter despite his high batting average. Haren and manager A.J. Hinch were in agreement the right-hander should not have gone out for another inning.

"We can't continue to ride him too heavy," Hinch said. "It's easy to want to do that. It's easy to want to leave him in. We've taxed him pretty much every start and he really hasn't had a breather and I didn't feel good about it, so I'd made the decision early to pull him."

When Hinch turned it over to what has been, by far, the worst corps of relievers in the majors, the results were predictable.

Esmerling Vasquez faced five batters and gave up five runs without an out. Chad Qualls, recently deposed as closer, brought his 8.87 ERA to the mound and gave up Jorge Posada's sacrifice fly, an RBI single by Curtis Granderson and a two-run double by former Arizona State player Colin Curtis. It was the first big-league hit for Curtis, called up from Triple-A Scranton on Monday.

Notes

  • Rodriguez needs eight home runs to become the seventh player in major league history to hit 600.
  • Haren tied his career high for hits with 19, one shy of Micah Owings' franchise record.
  • Cano got his 100th hit on Monday night, in his 274th at-at. Only three Yankees have reached 100 hits in fewer at-bats -- Dave Winfield in 1984, Paul O'Neill in 1994 and Jeter in 1999.
  • The crowd of 45,776, third-largest at home for Arizona this season, was decidedly pro-Yankee.
 
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Alex Rodriguez (right) sends one out of the park for the 592nd home run of his career.  (US Presswire)
Alex Rodriguez (right) sends one out of the park for the 592nd home run of his career. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Arizona

D. Haren
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 1
K 8
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5220012 .282
    David Robertson, P0000000 .000
Nick Swisher, RF5220002 .298
Mark Teixeira, 1B5121002 .228
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3223110 .281
    Ramiro Pena, 3B-SS1000000 .188
Robinson Cano, 2B4111002 .363
Jorge Posada, C3001010 .281
Curtis Granderson, CF4111010 .235
Brett Gardner, LF3000120 .320
Andy Pettitte, P3010021 .333
   a- Colin Curtis, PH1012000 .500
    Joba Chamberlain, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Russo, 3B0000000 .196
Totals37912928  
a-doubled for Pettitte in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nick Swisher (14, Vasquez), Colin Curtis (1, Qualls)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (9, Haren)
SF - Jorge Posada (2)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (45), Alex Rodriguez 3 (48), Robinson Cano (50), Jorge Posada (26), Curtis Granderson (21), Colin Curtis 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez 3 (12), Colin Curtis 2 (2)
CS - Brett Gardner (5, 2nd base by Haren/Snyder)
Team LOB - 4
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte (W,9-2) 7722270 2.48
Joba Chamberlain 1000120 5.34
David Robertson 1211020 5.64
WP - David Robertson (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 113-73, Joba Chamberlain 19-11, David Robertson 30-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 3-10, David Robertson 1-0
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 29, Joba Chamberlain 4, David Robertson 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Kelly Johnson, 2B5021013 .267
Cole Gillespie, LF5010032 .250
Stephen Drew, SS3000112 .268
Justin Upton, RF4020011 .259
Chris Young, CF4000023 .274
    Gerardo Parra, CF0000000 .269
Adam LaRoche, 1B3100112 .255
Mark Reynolds, 3B3110011 .218
   a- Tony Abreu, PH1000000 .262
Chris Snyder, C3110100 .220
Dan Haren, P2022000 .452
   b- Rusty Ryal, PH1000000 .293
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
   c- Augie Ojeda, PH1000011 .129
Totals35393311  
a-grounded out for Reynolds in the 9th
b-flied out for Haren in the 7th
c-struck out for Demel in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (23, Robertson), Mark Reynolds (13, Pettitte)
RBI - Kelly Johnson (35), Dan Haren 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson (15), Dan Haren 2 (3)
CS - Justin Upton (3, 2nd base by Pettitte/Posada)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Snyder-Drew
Arizona Diamondbacks
Dan Haren (L,7-6) 7633181 4.65
Esmerling Vasquez0455100 6.00
Chad Qualls 1211000 8.88
Sam Demel 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 109-73, Esmerling Vasquez 12-5, Chad Qualls 15-10, Sam Demel 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Qualls 2-1
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 27, Esmerling Vasquez 5, Chad Qualls 5, Sam Demel 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45776
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - John Hirschbeck