"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).
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.