Ichiro’s two-run single lifts Yankees over Rays
Miami Heat guard Ray Allen shoots against Milwaukee Bucks guard J.J. Redick (5) during the first half of Game 2 in their first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
New York Yankees' Eduardo Nunez, right, slides into second with a stolen base ahead of the tag by Tampa Bay Rays' Yunel Escobar during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Ichiro Suzuki hit a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, last night.
Robinson Cano ended AL Cy Young Award winner David Price’s night with a leadoff single in the ninth. Tampa Bay is winless in all five of Price’s starts this year. The left-hander (0-2) allowed three runs and eight hits over eight-plus innings.
After Cano stole second on a pitch by Fernando Rodney that struck out Vernon Wells, pinch-hitter Travis Hafner was intentionally walked and Lyle Overbay walked to load the bases.
First baseman James Loney helped Rodney by making a sliding catch on Chris Stewart’s foul ball, but Suzuki then drove in two for a 4-2 lead on a liner to center.
David Robertson (1-0) worked a perfect eighth before Mariano Rivera got his sixth save despite allowing Evan Longoria’s leadoff homer.
The only other team to lose the first five starts made by a reigning Cy Young winner was the 1989 Minnesota Twins. They lost in Frank Viola’s first seven starts before finally winning on May 9.
ORIOLES 4, BLUE JAYS 3
Manny Machado had two hits and two RBIs, and Baltimore used a four-run second inning to beat R.A. Dickey and Toronto.
Miguel Gonzalez (2-1) allowed three runs in six innings for the Orioles, who have won nine of 13. By taking the first two games of the three-game set, Baltimore improved to 5-2 in seven series.
It was the 100th consecutive game the Orioles have won when leading after seven innings, a streak that began in August 2011. Baltimore is 4-3 in one-run games after starting 0-3.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer for the last-place Blue Jays, who have dropped six of eight. Dickey (2-3) gave up four runs, six hits and five walks in six innings.
ATLANTA 4, Colorado 3
On the coldest day at Coors Field, the Atlanta Braves won a game between the hottest teams in the major leagues.
Starting a day-night doubleheader that opened with a 23-degree temperature, Justin Upton hit his major league-leading 10th home run, Dan Uggla and rookie Evan Gattis also connected and the Braves beat the Colorado Rockies.
Reed Johnson, playing right field for Atlanta because Jason Heyward underwent an appendectomy Monday night, went 4 for 4 with three doubles. Heyward was put on the 15-day disabled list.
Colorado and Atlanta each began the day 13-5, tied for the best record in the majors.
It was the coldest game-time temperature in the majors since such data collection began in 1991, according to STATS. The Rockies said the previous low at Coors Field was 28 degrees.
CARDINALS 2, NATIONALS 0
Adam Wainwright extended his sterling start to the season – and Washington’s mediocre one – by coming within two outs of his second shutout for St. Louis.
Wainwright (4-1) lowered his ERA to 1.93 by allowing five hits in 81∕3 innings. Edward Mujica got two outs for his third save.
Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran drove in runs in the fourth off Ross Detwiler (1-1), who gave up eight hits across six innings.
The Nationals, who led the majors with 98 wins last season and were a popular pick to do well in 2013, lost for the eighth time in their past 11 games to fall to 10-10.
Wainwright’s walk to Bryce Harper with two outs in the sixth was the pitcher’s first free pass of the season, and it came in his fifth start, after 342∕3 innings.
CUBS 4, REDS 2, 10 INN.
Carlos Marmol blew a lead in the ninth inning before Darwin Barney bailed him out with a homer in the 10th that lifted Chicago over Cincinnati.
Chicago ended its four-game losing streak after squandering a late lead for the second straight day. The Cubs let a two-run lead get away in the 13th inning of a 5-4 loss Monday night.
Barney connected off left-hander Manny Parra (0-1), and Dave Sappelt added an RBI single.
Marmol (2-1), who lost the closer’s job after a rough opening week, came on with a runner on second and one out in the ninth to face Joey Votto, who was 1-for-15 in his career against the reliever with nine strikeouts. Votto singled up the middle to tie it.
Marmol escaped a bases-loaded threat to keep it tied. Kevin Gregg fanned Votto with two aboard in the 10th to get his first save.
Chicago won for only the second time in nine games, while the Reds lost for just the second time in nine games.
PIRATES 2, PHILLIES 0
Jeff Locke pitched six innings of two-hit ball and Gaby Sanchez homered off Cole Hamels to lead Pittsburgh over Philadelphia.
Locke (2-1) struck out six and walked two. After wriggling out of a jam in the fourth, he retired his last eight batters – striking out three of the final four.
Sanchez also doubled and Brandon Inge had an RBI double in his Pirates debut to help Pittsburgh win for the fifth time in seven games.
After opening the season with a pair of poor outings, Hamels (0-3) pitched well for the third straight start but was hurt by a lack of run support again. The Phillies were shut out for the third time this season.
Jason Grilli pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.
DODGERS 7, METS 2
Mark Ellis lined two home runs and hit a hard grounder that sent Mets starter Jonathon Niese limping off for X-rays, leading Los Angeles over New York.
Ellis got four hits and drove in four runs. He hit his 100th career homer in the fifth inning, then connected for a tiebreaking, three-run shot with two outs in the seventh.
Los Angeles won despite an uneven outing by ace Clayton Kershaw. With Dodgers great Sandy Koufax watching at Citi Field, Kershaw walked four and struck out five in five innings.
Ronald Belisario (1-2) pitched one inning for the win. Brandon Lyon (1-1) gave up Ellis’s go-ahead homer.
TWINS 4, MARLINS 3
Oswaldo Arcia hit his first career home run and Kevin Correia gave up two runs in seven innings, leading Minnesota over Miami in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Arcia’s three-run homer in the fourth backed Correia (2-1), who allowed five hits and struck out five. The Twins shrugged off yet another chilly day at Target Field to win their fifth straight. Brian Dozier had three hits, and Glen Perkins earned his sixth save.
Jose Fernandez (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits for the Marlins, who are off to a franchise-worst 4-16 start after an offseason salary purge. Joe Mahoney had two hits and two RBIs for Miami.
The teams were supposed to open their series on Monday night, but a snowstorm put that on ice.