NEW YORK – Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam and Nick Swisher had a three-run drive in a nine-run third inning and the New York Yankees ambushed the Oakland Athletics early for a 17-7 victory in the searing heat Friday night.
Swisher and Teixeira homered with two bases-loaded walks in between as the Yankees had their highest-scoring inning of the season — it was also the most runs allowed by the A's in an inning in 2011. The big inning followed a five-run burst against Trevor Cahill (8-9) in the second and sent Oakland to its 11th straight loss against New York.
Jemile Weeks returned to Oakland's lineup after missing a game with a sore right foot and had a two-run single among his three hits. Cliff Pennington hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs against a listless Phil Hughes. But seven Oakland pitchers allowed nine walks in a 3-hour, 41-minute game.
Hector Noesi (2-0) pitched 3 2-3 innings of four-hit ball.
The Yankees needed only one inning to perk up after arriving home at 3:30 a.m. from a 4-4 trip played entirely on artificial turf. With temperatures in New York topping 100 degrees, the Yankees skipped batting practice — Oakland was out there in the blazing sun and stifling humidity.
While manager Joe Girardi said he remembers a teammate once putting lettuce on his head to cool off, players on both teams didn't appear to resort to such extreme measures with the thermometer at 100 for a 7:08 p.m. first pitch. The Yankees posted in the clubhouse a list of suggestions for avoiding dehydration and promoting recovery for Saturday's 1:05 p.m. start.
Looking for his first win in the Bronx this season, Hughes struggled from the start. He walked two and gave up an RBI double to Scott Sizemore in the first. Cliff Pennington had a run-scoring single in the second and a two-run homer in the fourth. Hughes, with a 14-5 lead, slammed the rosin bag when Girardi came to remove him with one out and the bases loaded in the fifth.
The Yankees exerted considerable energy in scoring five times in the second, using five singles, a walk, a sacrifice fly and some hustle from Brett Gardner to go up 5-2.
After Eduardo Nunez had an opposite field single to right for the first run, Gardner hit a slow chopper between first and second that Weeks fielded and tossed to Cahill. Gardner dived for the bag as Cahill lunged to touch the base and Gardner was called safe although replays indicated that Cahill touched the side of the base first as another run scored.
Jeter also went the other way for a two-run single for hit No. 3,011, passing Wade Boggs for 25th place. Curtis Granderson, starting in the No. 3 hole for the first time, hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.
Cahill allowed the five batters he faced in the third to reach — including Swisher's 11th homer — before being pulled for Michael Wuertz, who fared no better. Wuertz walked Jeter and Granderson with the bases loaded before Teixeira connected for his sixth grand slam.
Cahill has lost his last four decisions going back to June 30. The 2-plus innings and 10 runs were career worsts. He allowed 12 of the 17 men he faced reach base and his ERA went from 3.16 to 3.77.
Swisher had a two-run single in the seventh and Brandon Laird, in his major league debut, had his first hit and RBI in the eighth to give the Yankees a season high for runs scored.
NOTES: OF Marcus Thames worked out at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla. Friday. He was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers and cleared waivers on Tuesday. ... The last time the temperature at Yankee Stadium for the first pitch was 100 degrees was on July 5, 1999. It was 102 degrees at Yankee Stadium on the day of the 1977 All-Star game. ... Hideki Matsui on being asked if he thought he would hit his 500th homer — combined total between Japan and major leagues — in New York (he hit it Wednesday in Detroit): "That would have been too good of a tale." The Yankees showed a video compilation of Matsui homers on the scoreboard after the first innings. He hit 140 homers with New York. ... To combat the heat, A's manager Bob Melvin said Landon Powell will catch Saturday to give Suzuki a rest. ... The Yankees have beaten the A's 25 of the last 29 meetings since 2008.