Two innings after hitting his 50th homer, Alex Rodriguez hit No. 51 -- his 49th as a third baseman -- to set the Major League record for home runs by a third baseman in a single season. Andy Pettitte coasted to his 13th win, posting his ninth quality start in his last 11 trips to the mound.
Brian Bannister's quest for the American League Rookie of the Year Award hit a speed bump on Saturday night, when he allowed three home runs, including two to Alex Rodriguez, to take just his second loss in a span of 10 starts. Luke Hochevar, the top pick of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, pitched three shutout innings in his Major League debut.
BATTING 2B: Butler 2 (21, Pettitte, Britton), Brown (12, Pettitte), German (13, Pettitte). TB: German 3; Butler 4; Sweeney 3; Brown 3; Pena. RBI: Brown 2 (57), Costa 2 (12), Sweeney (33). 2-out RBI: Brown 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pena; Grudzielanek; Smith; LaRue; Brown 2. GIDP: Butler. Team LOB: 10.
BASERUNNING SB: German (10, 3rd base off Pettitte/Posada).
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