ST. PETERSBURG -- Mark Teixeira hit his 361st career home run on Sunday at Tropicana Field, tying Joe DiMaggio for 80th place on the all-time list.
Teixeira's blast was an eighth-inning solo shot to right-center field off Rays reliever Joel Peralta, breaking a tie with Gary Gaetti (360) and helping the Yankees to a 4-2 win over Tampa Bay.
"It's always important," Teixeira said. "Anytime you get men on base and have a chance to score runs when your team's not scoring runs, you've got to try to take advantage of it. And we did."
The homer was Teixeira's team-leading 20th of the season, making him the 14th player in Major League history to hit 20 homers in at least 11 of his first 12 seasons.
This is the latest in the year that the Yankees went without a 20-homer hitter since 1995 (Paul O'Neill, Sept. 12) and the latest in a non-strike year since 1992 (Matt Nokes, Sept. 6).